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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give," said Winston Churchill. And in this vein the management of the Grand Bahama Shipyard are truly proud of their apprentices who are learning the meaning of giving back in their community. This week the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) kept its holiday good deeds going by donating the collected food items from its "Lend a Hand Give a Can" holiday drive.
"Christmas is a time of giving so it gives us great pleasure to be able to do this for others," said Carl Rotkirch, CEO of GBS. "This is also a great learning opportunity for our apprentices, as they learn the importance of being good corporate citizens and giving to those in need."
During the past three weeks, apprentices have visited various stores around Grand Bahama seeking donations for the program. As a result of the food drive, the apprentices collected over $6,000 worth of food supplies for The Salvation Army and the West Grand Bahama community.
"Our 'Lend a Hand Give a Can' food drive is great and it's a constructive way to involve our apprentices," said Kay Smith, director of human resources and community relations. "Not only does our program teach students the practical side of our business, but it shows them the great lessons of community involvement."
"The Salvation Army is extremely appreciative that the Grand Bahama Shipyard has chosen to carry out this good deed year after year, as it really helps to make the holiday season a good one for those who may be less fortunate," said Roger Compton, captain of The Salvation Army in Grand Bahama. "I appreciate all of the hard work that they do collecting for the food drive. There are already people signing up for Christmas assistance, so this donation comes right on time."
The balance of the groceries collected will be presented by the shipyard to families living in the West End community who need assistance this year. "It's wonderful to see this program grow," said Rotkirch. "I have watched our donations increase and exceed what we expect to give every year. My team and I are very thankful to the Grand Bahama community for their generosity and for joining us in giving back to those less fortunate."
BIMINI, The Bahamas - Educating youth on the economic value of agriculture is the approach that the Bimini All-Age School is taking to help reduce the national food import bill. Students are practicing at school how to grow their own vegetables in home gardens to encourage sustainability.
"We can grow almost anything in Bimini. The very same things that we grow over here, we are importing," said Arnold Dorsette, BAIC assistant general manager.
"What we need to do is grow more of it, and grow it in a way that we can grow it more consistently to our friends and family and some of the businesses that are importing it on Bimini."
Almost $500 million annually are spent every year to import food from other countries into The Bahamas. The Ministry of Agriculture wants Bahamians to understand the potential of personal wealth building by supporting local farmers and buying Bahamian agriculture products.
"Can you imagine last year we imported some 500 million dollars worth of food in The Bahamas," said Mr. Dorsette.
"That is a significant amount of money that is going out of the country to buy food, some of which we can grow and we are not taking advantage of growing and encouraging more of food production in the country."
RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) is presenting sponsor for Food For Thought Panel Discussion on hunger and food security
Nassau, Bahamas - RBC
Royal Bank has announced that it is a presenting sponsor for the
upcoming Food For Thought Panel Discussion on Hunger and Food Security
in The Bahamas. The panel event promises to be a unique learning
experience. It will include light refreshments, a live raffle, door
prizes and the opportunity to discover how individuals can join in the
fight against hunger in The Bahamas.
The event is being organized by
Hands For Hunger (H4H). Hands For Hunger is a humanitarian organization
committed to the elimination of unnecessary hunger and the reduction of
food waste in The Bahamas. H4H strives to achieve this goal through the
creation of meaningful and engaging partnerships amongst all sectors of
the Bahamian community. Since 2008, H4H has provided 500,000 meals to
Bahamians in need through its food rescue program. The program currently
assists 12 recipient outreach agencies serving over 8,000 meals each
Chicago will get a taste of The Bahamas next month as Bahamian chef Simeon Hall Jr. will treat participants of a special Food Network concert at the Ravina Festival to Bahamian culinary delights.The concert, which will be held on September 20, will attract thousands of food lovers to Chicago. It's the first time that The Bahamas will participate in the event.Chef Hall will be among 75 top chefs and will participate in the "Hot Hot" luncheon prepared by the Islands of The Bahamas."We are going to represent The Bahamas, and we have three categories that we are working with. One of them is a VIP event for 300 people and a major event for 1,200 people and then there is something even bigger than that. I am just working along with the Food Network kitchen to produce," said Hall.
"It is a great privilege but first and foremost representing The Bahamas anywhere is fantastic. We are doing everything uniquely Bahamian...down home. We will be preparing conch chowder, old fashioned peas and rice, dried conch, and we are doing a twist on a dish, which is a little bit more modern but it is still uniquely Bahamian. Everything that we are doing is going to be uniquely Bahamian."The concert will also draw music lovers to its doors as John Mayer will be performing. A Bahamian DJ that lives in Chicago will perform at one of the scheduled events.
"It's going to be very Bahamian, and we plan to take some Bahamian props over there and we want it to feel very local because we are taking these things over there to sell The Bahamas," said Hall.The chef representing The Bahamas has an extensive resume from working as an executive chef, food and beverage manager, executive sous chef and as a culinary expert at locations such as Walt Disney Cruises, Marriott Hotels, Island Catering Inc, Grenada W.I., Taino Beach Resorts Ltd. to Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and The Ritz Carlton's Abaco Club to name a few.
Food retail consolidation is "inevitable" given the over-supply of competing chains and stores, AML Foods' chief executive telling Tribune Business it was likely to happen first in Freeport, where 10 major players were chasing 40,000-50,000 customers.
Gavin Watchorn, who is also the BISX-listed food retail group's president, said acquisitions were the likeliest route for achieving consolidation, given that no grocery retailers were contemplating failure, while the industry's "diverse" ownership meant mergers would be hard to execute.
With food retail industry veterans describing the current market as "the most competi ...
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Bahamians from all walks of life stood united in the warm glow of candlelight, to pray for relief of people living in poverty and hunger around the world.