Salvation Army gets boost to assist Homeless with Feeding Programme
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s support to the Salvation Army’s 40-year old Feeding Programme was demonstrated once again when it made a donation to the programme.
The recent donation from the bank will go towards the purchase of food items to strengthen the feeding programme’s ability to prepare additional meals and assist more people.
The programme was started by the Barbados Government with the Salvation Army eventually taking over. The Feeding Programme has been providing food for about 150 people daily and, roughly, 40,000 meals a year.
Public Relations Officer and Feeding Programme Coordinator, Major Denzil Walcott, said that the homeless, mentally challenged, indigent, chemically dependent, deportees and single parents had all been accommodated.
He added, “The programme was started for the poor but no one is turned away. We also make an effort to screen any first-time clients after their first meal”.
Major Walcott described his experience in working with the Feeding Programme and CIBC FirstCaribbean as, “humbling, exciting and challenging”. He believes having the bank as a partner is beneficial to all involved.
Senior Corporate Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean, Adrian McLean made the presentation at the bank’s Rendezvous office.
McLean said, “We are happy to continue our relationship with the Salvation Army; giving back to Barbadian communities, especially those in need, is always fulfilling”.