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Jamaica is similar to America, in that it’s inundated with cheap and unhealthy fast food. Another similarity to the United States, is Jamaica’s rise in obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. What’s unfortunate about this is that Jamaican cuisine is extremely diverse, using fresh fruits, vegetables, and spices from places in Africa, Europe, India, and China, along with their own native plants.

Luckily for the Jamaicans, the Rastafarian movement believes in following a general principle that food should be natural, or pure, and from the earth. This is the Ital (roughly vegan) way of eating and because of the Rastas beliefs, there are a small group of restaurants in Jamaica where people can find healthy meals made with the natural foods of the island.

While working in Jamaica this past spring, I befriended an Ital restaurant owner, named Jenny. Jenny has been serving healthy, on the go meals, to the people of Kingston for the past 3 years. She once said to me “I don’t raise my prices cause I want people to be able to eat healthy.” What a selfless thing to do.

Unfortunately, last week Jenny’s humble restaurant burned to the ground. On the bright side, the building was a rental, which means she can move her restaurant to another location. However, Jenny lost all her equipment in the fire; stove, refrigerator, blenders, plates, etc. Not to mention the irreplaceable items such as personal recipes and cook books. Needless to say, Jenny will need the replaceable things she lost, in order to create her amazing meals again.

If you would like to help please donate to Jenny so she can get back on her feet again.





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