The Bahamas Feeding Network Receives Donation from ColinaInsurer Contributes $10k Towards Food Parcels
Nassau, The Bahamas, January 26, 2021 – Volunteers from Colina Insurance Limited (Colina) packed food parcels at The Bahamas Feeding Network today, donating ten thousand dollars towards the purchase of nonperishable items for those who need them most.
“Colina counts it a privilege to provide food parcels to those who need it through a partnership with The Bahamas Feeding Network,” said Maxine Seymour, Director, Corporate Communications, Colina. “I cannot imagine The Bahamas without BFN; the work they do is to be commended.”
The Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) aims to provide food assistance to thousands in need across The Bahamas by acting as a collection and distribution hub.
“Colina has been consistent in giving to us and we want to truly express our sincere thank you and appreciation,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director, The Bahamas Feeding Network. “They truly have a heart and have been supporting us for years.”
“As an insurer, our business is about mitigating risk and hunger is something that can happen as a result of a circumstance that was not necessarily expected,” said Seymour. “A year ago, food security was something that many people did not consider but, because of the pandemic, it has become a priority for more persons in our community.”
According to BFN, they fed more than half of the population during the pandemic, peaking at 220,000. The amount of people who receive food parcels has recently been reduced to approximately 90,000.
“We want to encourage other organizations to follow what Colina is doing today by assisting with the feeding,” said Smith. “One must eat to live and food is truly an issue for many persons.”
Each food parcel, estimated at fifty dollars, includes common household staples: five pounds of rice, four pounds of sugar, a box of corn flakes, mashed potatoes, two boxes of macaroni and cheese, five pounds of grits, four cans of tuna, four cans of mackerel, four cans of corned beef, two cans of spaghetti, a jar of peanut butter, two large cans of cream, two cans of sausage, tomato paste and vegetable oil.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you [to] Colina. Donations like these go a long way in helping [to] combat the hunger crisis in our society,” said Smith.
Colina presented the donation at The Bahamas Feeding Network’s temporary headquarters in the former The Zoo Nightclub or Club Luna building on West Bay Street. The organization relocated earlier in January; the current location offers improved parking and accessibility facilities.
About Colina Insurance Limited (Colina)
Colina is a diversified financial services company, offering comprehensive life and health insurance solutions. Colina is wholly-owned by Colina Holdings Bahamas Limited (CHBL). CHBL is a Bahamian Company, built on a firm foundation of trust, integrity and responsibility. Colina has evolved over the past 155 years to become The Bahamas’ largest life and health insurer, with a solid reputation for providing insurance and related financial services products that help clients prepare for life’s unexpected events.
About The Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN)
BFN was formed in December 2013 when 13 organizations came together to collectively tackle the hunger crisis in The Bahamas. The mission of the mission of the organization is: to maximize the effectiveness of common issues among the soup kitchens, churches and feeding centres currently operating in New Providence including scarcity of resources — personnel, finances, food supplies and non-food supplies, to minimize duplication of services, improve communications and collaboration, to develop an online database inclusive of times and locations of programs, to identify under-served or unserved areas and to provide a common platform for standards and best practices and the review of government and NGO policies related to feeding centres and programs.