Lend a Hand Bahamas, a Bahamian nonprofit organization, is delighted to announce a charitable contribution of $100,000 from the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation. This donation will enhance vital food security in the community of Adelaide in Nassau, Bahamas, for the next 10 weeks. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt in The Bahamas. As a result, many companies have had to lay off employees and even close due to a complete decline in tourism.
The economic devastation to other parts of the country resulting from Hurricane Dorian this past fall combined with heavy impacts of COVID-19 has greatly affected The Bahamas. The unemployment rate could soon hit 30 percent, with 25,000-plus individuals currently laid off. The unemployment number is growing daily. Food security continues to be insufficient, and the need for support from private individuals to fight hunger is high, especially to meet short-term needs over the next few months.
The Kate and Justin Rose Foundation has committed to supporting 10 weeks of grocery deliveries to approximately 170 households in the Adelaide community through Lend a Hand Bahamas. A core group of volunteers and staff from Lend a Hand Bahamas will assist in the weekly packing and delivery of food items. Through their generous support, the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation will provide over 850 individuals with much-needed support during the tough months ahead.
“Support for communities like Adelaide is critical during these tough times, and we thank Kate and Justin Rose for realizing the need and acting quickly to assist many struggling in The Bahamas,” said Lucas Metropulos, founder and board chairman of Lend a Hand Bahamas.
Justin, a professional golfer, and his wife Kate, have lived in the Albany community just a few miles from Adelaide for six years. Justin said: “We enjoy living in The Bahamas so much, and our hearts go out to all those living here who are reeling from the serious economic effects of the pandemic and the continuing after-effects of the hurricane. At times like this, it is so important to stand together and support one another however we can.”
Kate said: “Our foundation’s mission is ‘feeding hungry tummies and curious minds’ and that is simply what we are trying to do here, in partnership with Lend a Hand Bahamas. What could be more important than making sure your local community has enough food?”