RBC Royal Bank (RBC), in partnership with RBC Capital Markets and RBC Dominion Securities, announced that Hands for Hunger has received BSD $75,000 to help support vulnerable families and individuals with access to food during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
RBC’s donation is expected to assist people across The Bahamas by providing food items and gift cards in partnership with AML Foods Limited, whose brands include Solomon’s, Solomon’s Fresh Market and Cost Right. AML Foods has generously offered Hands for Hunger a discounted purchase price on food items and gift cards associated with RBC’s donation.
To respect physical distancing, RBC’s donation to Hands for Hunger was made using digital capabilities and electronic fund transfers.
This donation is part of a larger US$330,000 initiative previously announced by RBC to help support food security across the Caribbean. In addition to Hands for Hunger, donations are also being made to Cayman Feed our Future and the Cayman Food Bank in the Cayman Islands; and to various Red Cross societies across the region. This initiative is on top of RBC’s global commitment of more than CAD$2 million to fight COVID-19 through various partners such as the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, Feeding America, and Food Banks Canada.
“This donation will go directly to feeding those who have been severely affected by this pandemic,” said Keisha Ellis, executive director, Hands for Hunger. “I want to thank RBC for this generous gift. In these uncertain times, when food needs are likely to grow, corporate partners like RBC are needed. With this donation, and with our generous partners at AML Foods, we can help make sure vulnerable Bahamian families can keep food on their tables. Now more than ever, that we all need to support each other.”
“AML Foods Limited has been serving our communities across The Bahamas for more than 30 years,” said Gavin Watchorn, president and chief executive officer, AML Foods Limited. “During times of uncertainty, we all must work together to help our neighbors, to support our friends and to keep our families safe and healthy. We are very proud to work with Hands for Hunger to help turn this generous donation from RBC into direct support for the families and individuals who need immediate assistance.”
“We understand the impact COVID-19 has had on households across the country, and we are committed to helping our communities where we can,” said LaSonya Missick, RBC managing director and head of personal banking, The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. “We are proud to work with Hands for Hunger and other dedicated corporate partners like Gavin Watchorn and his team at AML Foods Limited, to ensure our donation brings relief where it is needed most. We are all in this together and we all must do our part. RBC has a long history of standing by our communities through challenging times and this commitment will continue throughout this crisis and beyond.”