Nassau, Bahamas, October 20, 2016 – An essential component of any non-profit organization is the volunteers who donate countless hours to seeing the vision come to life. The same can be said for the men, women and young people who are the backbone of the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN), a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food to feeding centers, soup kitchens, churches and individuals throughout The Bahamas, who were recently celebrated during a dinner at Humidor Churrascaria, a Graycliff restaurant, on West Hill Street.
“We could not do all we do without the support, time, ideas and energy of all of the incredible members of the Bahamas Feeding Network,” shared Philip Smith, Executive Director, Bahamas Feeding Network. “Our volunteers exemplify the unconditional love which must be present in you for you to do the type of work that we do. Always accommodating, you can find our members planning, collecting food from donors, cooking meals, plating and serving food and delivering the hot meals or food packages to organizations as well as individuals.”
Upon arrival at the historic, 5-star property the volunteers were treated like royalty, dining on the finest china, helping themselves to an all-you-can-eat buffet in addition to servers making the rounds with some 13 options of well-seasoned and portioned meats prepared in the Brazilian-styled barbeque restaurant or churrascarria.
“The Garzaroli’s continue to support the Network and we are so pleased that they gave us the opportunity to fellowship in in such a beautiful setting,” Smith said of Enrico & Anna Maria Garzaroli, founders of Graycliff.
In the nearly three years since BFN has been distributing food and funding to feeding centers in The Bahamas, the programme has donated more than $350,000 to its 110 partners with the aid of public and private contributions.
Despite its work, the need only grows, says Mr. Smith. “In a rich country like The Bahamas, one in every seven to eight people goes to bed hungry. That is why we are also dealing with more lasting solutions to feeding, including backyard farming programs in several areas.”
“I’m so excited to be a part of an organization that is doing such great work in the community,” shared a volunteer. “After an exchange with Mr. Smith and hearing the passion in him, my heart softened and It was an easy thing for me to say yes to. I’m so glad that I did.”