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BFN distributes nearly $55,000 during COVID-19 crisis

In just under three weeks since Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis implemented the emergency powers measures, the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) has distributed $40,000 in gift cards and approximately $15,000 in food parcels to those severely impacted by the conditions resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“Literally overnight, life changed for so many citizens,” said Philip Smith, executive director, BFN. “Though we have discontinued cooking at our center in Fox Hill, an effort that would have provided more than 6,000 hot meals weekly, we have been working diligently to determine a strategy to provide tangible relief to the thousands of Bahamians who are now without jobs and facing a future of uncertainty since the outbreak of the coronavirus.”

Over a two-day period last week, BFN distributed $40,000 in gift cards, $30,000 of which came from the “Feed 5,000 Families” campaign led by Abaco Markets Limited (AML) in December of last year.

“The Christmas ‘Feed 5,000 Families’ initiative raised just over $100,000 in December, with $35,000 distributed in Grand Bahama and $42,000 in New Providence,” said Smith. “AML ran out of gift cards and therefore we were unable to distribute the balance of $30,000 at Christmas. The Lord had it that the remaining gift cards came just in time to assist persons affected by COVID-19.”

Making up the $40,000 donation was an $8,000 donation from the Free Town Constituency Capital Grant, via Dionisio D’Aguilar, member of Parliament for the Free Town constituency. The remaining $2,000 was from miscellaneous donations. The vouchers and food parcels were distributed through the network’s membership of churches, soup kitchens and feeding centers as well as to individuals and families, some of whom are in the Free Town constituency. Families from Grand Bahama and Abaco living in Nassau that were displaced by Hurricane Dorian were also recipients of the donations.

The approximately $15,000 worth of food parcels, which included a variety of goods, were donations from a number of wholesalers and Hands for Hunger.

For more info on how you can donate, visit www.bahamasfeedingnetwork.org or call 427-8477.

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