February 19, 2021
In January alone, nearly 30,000 pounds of food was distributed to Bahamians in need by Hands For Hunger.
As March approaches and the National Food Distribution Task Force is expected to cease, the non-profit organization has already committed to continue supporting communities still in need and CIBC FirstCaribbean recently made a donation to Hands For Hunger to assist with its efforts.
Ms. Keisha Ellis, Hands For Hunger’s Executive Director underscored that many families never imagined they would ever need food assistance “so we are happy to be able to step in with boxes of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and wholegrains to provide some comfort in these difficult times.”
With the bank’s support, those families, as well as senior citizen and children’s homes, and other community organizations, will remain on the receiving end of food deliveries and vouchers.
“It’s these donations that are really the difference between us getting food to our agencies one week and not getting it there during another”, said Ms. Ellis who is “grateful for the support from CIBC.”
Mrs. Nikia Christie, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Marketing Manager, commended Hands For Hunger for its unwavering commitment to the thousands it serves.
“We know that 90% of every dollar given goes directly into food purchases and that your turn around time on turning funds to food for families is astounding.”
She continued, “The bank recognizes Hands For Hunger’s balancing act as it continues distributing to its partner agencies and now commits to doing the same for those impacted by COVID-19.
“Like so many non-profit organizations across the country, you have gone above and beyond for Bahamians in need.”
Hands For Hunger has regularly served forty partner agencies for over ten years. Task Force Operations became a second arm of the organization due to the increased food insecurity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
Ms. Ellis said the introduction of the Task Force “was a really interesting challenge because prior to COVID-19, about 98% of Hands For Hunger’s outreach was through its agencies.”
This percentage shifted as the organization took on 6,000 families in the southwestern and southeastern parts of New Providence.
CIBC FirstCaribbean has assisted in the fight against COVID-19 and its dire impacts through the donation of hygiene and school supplies to classrooms, personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline healthcare workers, and financially supporting children’s homes, The Salvation Army, Bahamas Red Cross, Great Commission Ministries, Lend A Hand Bahamas, and now Hands For Hunger.
The bank also carried out a number of initiatives, such as the CIBC FirstCaribbean Unsung Frontline Hero competition, and COVID-19 relief to eligible clients through moratoria and other special relief offerings.