Bahamas Feeding Network Makes Donation to Children’s Emergency Hostel

07/20/2016

BFN Donates to Children’s Emergency Hostel - Minalee Hanchell, Executive Director of Great Commission Ministries and a Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) partner, BFN Executive Director Philip Smith and LessieSmith of The Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel joined Ortland Bodie on “Real Talk Live” on Monday morning where BFN presented a $1,000 donation to The Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel. In the nearly three years since it was established, BFN has donated more than $350,000 to its network of 110 partners.

According to UNICEF, an estimated 146 million children in the world suffer from acute or chronic hunger. But you don’t have to travel the world to witness the disturbing effects of hunger and poverty on the globe’s youngest citizens. In fact, here in The Bahamas where 50 percent of those who go hungry each day are younger than 14, it is becoming more difficult to turn a blind eye to the problem.

“Our youngest are our most vulnerable because they’re powerless to change their circumstance,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN), a non-profit organisation that distributes food to feeding centers and churches throughout The Bahamas.

To raise awareness about the constant peril the hunger crisis poses to the country’s most helpless citizens, BFN presented a $1,000 donation to Lessie Smith of The Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel during the Monday morning edition of Ortland Bodie’s “Real Talk Live” on Nassau’s More 94-FM.
“God bless you and bless your ministry,” Ms. Smith said during the on-air presentation. “We really appreciate this.”

This most recent BFN donation will aid some 30 children at the Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel, a short-term residential childcare facility in Nassau that provides food, clothing, medical care and other necessities to abandoned and neglected children. Like all of those who receive help from BFN, the Hostel survives solely on charitable donations.

“Thank God for the Network and people who really care,” said Minalee Hanchell, Executive Director of Great Commission Ministries and a BFN partner. “Since the downturn of the economy, there are so many persons in need and the Network has really come on stream to help. When you see people hurting you can’t help but feel the pain of what they are going through.”

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 $350,000to its 110 partners with the aid of public and private contributions. However, Mr. Smith emphasized that even those who don’t have a lot of money themselves can help BFN by donating their time and talents.

“I think Bahamians are looking for something non-political to rally around so they can better serve their communities,” he said. “This is the perfect timing to put efforts toward a cause where you see immediate and very quantifiable results. This country is in search of common ground and hunger is an issue that affects our entire society.”

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