Food For The Poor is responding to an urgent need for food in the Bahamas for families still recovering from Hurricane Dorian and is asking for the South Florida community’s help.
HeadKnowles, one of the charity’s partners in the Bahamas, is running low on food for displaced families in Nassau, Abaco and other islands, where some residents have opened their homes as shelter while others are living in public shelters. Detergent and cleaning supplies also are needed.
“A lot of people, even in areas that weren’t hit that bad, they still need food because they’re not working. Nobody has any money. Nobody has any income,” said Gina Knowles, of HeadKnowles. “And those that do have any money are putting every dollar into getting their homes back to where their families can come home.”
After Hurricane Dorian, donors generously gave money to Food For The Poor that’s being used to purchase water filtration units, solar-powered lights, building materials, and truck chassis to help move and distribute goods. Those essentials are in process.
“Those longer-term items that are critical to the rebuilding of the Bahamas are under way but we’re asking for the community’s help in supplying some of these food items that are still needed nearly six months after the storm,” said Food For The Poor President/CEO Ed Raine.
Dorian hit the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco in early September as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, killing at least 70 people and causing more than an estimated $3 billion in damage, according to news reports.
Some of the funds raised by Food For The Poor will be used to purchase food. But the need is great and the community’s assistance is needed to help fulfill this urgent request.
Food For The Poor is asking for canned corned beef, canned tuna, pasta, rice, beans, grits, canned spaghetti, pasta sauce, Vienna sausages, water, juices, Gatorade, detergent and cleaning supplies.
Drop-off hours are weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Items should be taken directly to the warehouse, following the driveway around the right side of Food For The Poor.
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for orphaned or abandoned children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.