The COVID19 virus has crippled the world. It has done untold damage to our physical health, our mental health and our financial health. But, here on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Isla Bonita, the damage is almost beyond measure. Ambergris Caye's only industry is tourism. With the closing of the borders, we instantly had a large number of people who could no longer feed themselves.
A key person on the island that spearheads one of the biggest feeding programs on the island is Maresha Reid who kickstarted a Hot Lunch Program almost immediately after the island went on shutdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The success of the feeding program has been largely due to monetary donations for the purchasing of goods to prepare the meals.
After weeks of feeding hundreds of needy residents, a Go Fund Me page was created to boost donations and on May 15, 2020, Kimberly Wylie put together the Ambergris Caye COVID Relief Cookbook to raise more funds for Maresha’s Hot Lunch Program. Kimberly states that she is donating 100% of the profits to the program and has already donated over $2900 US ($5800 BZD).
The book features nearly 100 recipes donated by local restaurants, chefs, residents, and visitors and features over 100 photos of not only food but pictures donated by top photographers of island life. You can learn more about the book at the website - https://www.ambergris-caye-cookbook.com
About the Ambergris Caye COVID Relief Cookbook
100% of the profits from this book will be donated to the San Pedro Hot Lunch Program, to purchase food and supplies to continue to feed those in need on the island.
Within these covers, you'll find:
- 90+ recipes crafted by local restaurateurs, chefs, Ambergris Caye residents, and visitors,
45 Belizean dishes, for every meal of the day, that will allow you to enjoy a little of the island in your own home,
52 non-Belizean dishes, many contributed by Ambergris Caye's top restaurants and chefs, and
More than 100 gorgeous photos of not only food but also scenes around the island.
About San Pedro Hot Lunch Program
The San Pedro Hot Lunch Program was developed by Maresha Reid, owner of Pirate's Treasure and Pirate's Secret Beach. With the closure of the island, due to the COVID pandemic, Maresha instinctively saw the need to feed the people on Ambergris Caye. She started of feeding 80 people on March 24th, 2020. Currently, she feeds more than 350 people - three times per week. But there are so many more that need help!
100% of the profits from this book will go to the San Pedro Hot Lunch Program, to help ensure no one on Ambergris Caye goes to bed hungry.