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Chinese Embassy donates to Bahamas Feeding Network

Chinese Ambassador Huang Qinguo, center, presented the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) with dozens of cases of chicken, rice and other food items sufficient to create half of all meals prepared by the organization on a weekly basis on Thursday, November 29. The ambassador is pictured with, from left, Felix Stubbs, BFN chairman; Philip Smith, BFN executive director; Meryl Deveaux, Ministry of Foreign Affairs first assistant secretary; and Counsellor Yin Haigang, Chinese Embassy deputy chief of missions. DISHA FRASER

The People’s Republic of China is helping to feed the needy in the Bahamian community with a food donation to the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN).

The Embassy purchased $3,000 worth of food from local wholesalers on BFN’s behalf. Philip Smith, BFN executive director, said it would go a long way in helping society’s most underprivileged.

“The food supplies are sufficient for 1,750 meals which will go toward helping to feed the more than 40,000 persons who do not know where their next plate of food will come from,” said Smith, who oversees the operation that cooks and distributes some 3,500 hot meals and distributes 500 food parcels a week from its base at Moseff House in Fox Hill.

“Anyone who needs food can come to us. We never want to see anyone go hungry,” he said.

Simon, the former President of the Bahamas China Friendship Association, brought the Network to the consulate’s attention. The Chinese Embassy seeks to support charitable works in The Bahamas.

“He told us about the organization’s mission to provide food for the poor and we wanted to help,” said Chinese Ambassador Huang Qinguo.

“Bilateral relations exist not only between the two governments but also between our people. We would like the Bahamian people to feel the greetings and goodwill from the Chinese people as we head into the holiday season. It is my great honor to present $3,000 worth of food to the Bahamas Feeding Network to support the great cause of fighting against hunger.”

Following the presentation, Smith led Ambassador Qinguo on a tour of the organization’s facilities. Inside the building more than a dozen volunteers worked in harmony packing food parcels and loaded vans with hot meals to distribute through a web of non-profit organizations of churches, soup kitchens and other feeding programs.

BFN is the brainchild of Frank J. Crothers, ambassador of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta. Launched in 2013, the BFN commenced operation preparing around 450 fresh meals and distributing around 50 food parcels to its feeding partners. To date, the Network has distributed more than $450,000 in food vouchers to those in need. This year alone the organization has made and shared 182,000 meals.

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