Moonlight plight leaves old folks in the rain
By Terry Joseph
Tuesday June 13, 1995
Saturday's eviction of Moonlight Barbecue from the Queen's Park Savannah is having a telling effect on both the dispossessed elderly and homeless youth in and around the Belmont area.
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Some eighty inmates at the St. Andrew's Home for the Poor have been affected by the discontinuance of supply of lunches from Moonlight Barbecue.
In addition, several homeless children, who have made the savannah their address over the past year, have been left to starve by the absence of Moonlight Caterers.
It was one of these children who found a telephone to call Arthur Lewis to advise that his container and mobile unit were being evicted from the Savannah on Saturday.
When contacted yesterday, Lewis told the Express that he had allowed the children to use the facility to heat water or cook whatever they came by in between the meals that he was supplying them with each lunchtime.
"They now have no food nor do they have a place to cook in the event they receive raw handouts", he said.
Elaine Adonis, Matron of the St. Andrew's home, told the Express that the home had been supplied with meals by Moonlight Caterers for the past twelve years and now that they seemed unable to continue the service, the Home would have to look at other arrangements.
Matron Adonis was not certain what the arrangements would be but was high in praise for the Moonlight Caterers whom, she felt had certainly assisted her over the years.
"On weekends," she said, "they even brought additional meals so that we could give out to people who are not inmates, but who need such help.
"We normally give out about twenty five such meals. "I guess we will be unable to do that now", she ended.
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