The Bahamas Red Cross Society’s team of 29 employees and dozens of volunteers distributes over 1,000 food packages each day and that number continues to grow with the adverse impact of COVID-19 on households.
Dubbed “Meals on Wheels”, the initiative covers six routes on the islands of Grand Bahama and New Providence.
To keep the wheels rolling, CIBC FirstCaribbean recently made a much-needed financial donation to the program which sources, prepares, packages and personally delivers nutritious meals to the elderly, shut-in, disabled and now, persons feeling the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Terez Curry, president of The Bahamas Red Cross Society, accepted the check presented by Marie Rodland-Allen, CIBC FirstCaribbean managing director. As “donor dollars” dwindle, Curry applauded the bank’s steadfast support.
“I appreciate you coming to the Red Cross, especially as donor dollars go down as we experience COVID-19. As I am sure you are inundated with requests, we appreciate you keeping us in mind,” she said.
The Red Cross Meals on Wheels donation directly combats the food insecurity faced by vulnerable individuals and families who are sometimes met with health and financial challenges too. Most recently, the unemployment spike, due to the novel coronavirus, has increased the program’s demand tenfold.
Rodland-Allen commended The Bahamas Red Cross Society for its extraordinary, holistic approach to humanitarianism. Underlining the impact of “Meals on Wheels”, she also made reference to The Bahamas Red Cross Society’s post-Hurricane Dorian initiatives.
“You have so many programs that are making a big difference. We know that this donation is going to very good use, and you have our full support. We look forward to maintaining this partnership with the Red Cross – assisting as best as we can,” emphasized Rodland-Allen.
In addition to ongoing donations to local charities, CIBC FirstCaribbean has underscored its commitment to the region’s tourism industry and COVID-19 relief through special offerings for eligible clients.
These offerings include: an up to six-month payment moratoria on existing loans and mortgages; temporary revolving or working capital financing options for corporate banking and business banking clients; a special waiver of late payment fees and default interest to all eligible retail, business, banking, corporate investment banking and wealth management clients effective for the six-month moratorium period for existing loans and mortgages; and credit card holders automatically benefiting from a payment waiver for three months based on their current account standing.