By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
AML Foods and Bahamas Feeding Network distributed food care packages yesterday to a number of non-profit organisations and churches in Grand Bahama for less fortunate residents.
This came a day after a similar event in New Providence.
Daneisha Clarke, marketing representative for AML Foods in Freeport, said the Feed the 5,000 distribution initiative is expected to assist some 2,000 needy families in Freeport and Nassau.
The programme was started three years ago through a partnership with BFN and the Bahamas Red Cross to give food parcels to less fortunate residents during the Christmas season.
Ms Clarke said that AML Foods pledged $20,000 and their customers also helped by making contributions at the cash register towards the cause.
She said that the care package valued at $40 contains a whole chicken, ham, a bag of rice, two canned vegetables, and a box of stuffing.
According to Ms Clarke, the care packages would be distributed to BFN and the Bahamas Red Cross, churches and other non-profit organisations which will distribute them to those who need it.
“We were very impressed with our customers here in Freeport,” she said. “They were really giving, and our cashiers really pushed and outdid themselves.”
According to officials, last year approximately 5,600 families were assisted. This year, the aim is 7,000.
Some of the local organisations that will be recipients of the packages are Fluent Feeding Foundation, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Mt Calvary Baptist Church, the Grand Bahama Red Cross, and the Salvation Army.