KFC Jamaica has decided to partner with the UWI Mona Guild of Students’ Executive Council on its Needy Students Meal Plan initiative – contributing in excess of $75,000.00 per semester in meals to feed students who are unable to sufficiently meet the expenses associated with their tertiary education. . The popular quick service restaurant franchise is instituting a meal plan which will offer 20 students, selected by the Executive Council of the UWI Mona Guild of Students, one free meal per week for a 12-week period each semester.


“KFC has long supported education projects in Jamaica and given the trying times that have been brought about by the global economic downturn, we're happy to assist the students however we can,” said KFC Marketing Manager Tina Myers-Matalon.  She was speaking during the handover of the vouchers at the KFC restaurant at the UWI Mona Campus on Friday, February 6.


Guild Executive Council members Roger Bent, Marlon Osbourne and Vishwanath Tolan were present for the handover, which saw the donation of some 240 meal vouchers being presented to the student representatives.  Mr. Bent, who is the President of the Guild, welcomed the donation, noting that “this gesture couldn't come at a better time. We're really very grateful to KFC and are gratified that we have something to offer students who need help,” he added.


Only recently, Mr. Bent made a public call for additional government subsidies for Jamaican university students.  Speaking last week Monday, February 2, at the annual Inter-Campus Conference which sees student representatives from all three UWI Campuses – Cave Hill, Barbados and St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago – congregating to discuss matters of regional relevance, Mr. Bent urged the Government of Jamaica not to allow the economic downturn to cause them to forget the promises made to students who are in financial need. Citing the inability of the Student Loan Bureau to adequately meet the demands of the growing tertiary education demographic, Mr. Bent reiterated that the education of the next generation is not something to be compromised by budgetary constraints.


The KFC response will help to fill an important part of the needs identified. Mrs. Myers-Matalon also announced on February 6 that, in addition to the meals being donated, KFC will introduce some new value meal offerings to its menu board, including additional sandwiches, toasted wraps and new combos. This is a direct response to numerous requests from customers who use the KFC Chancellor restaurant,“UWI students love the KFC value and taste, but they also need to limit their spending.  We understand that,” said Mrs. Myers-Matalon, “so we'll be introducing a new value menu later this year that will give them the food they love at a price that suits their pocket.”