Three noted local organizations have benefited from a recent food drive organized and coordinated by the Grand Bahama Junior Achievement movement.
Junior Achievement (JA) members of Grand Bahama presented items from their annual Food Drive to various community organizations on Wednesday (March 13), at their office in the Four Way Co-Op Plaza.
Ronald Dames, JA Program Manager for Grand Bahama expressed satisfaction in being able to accommodate recipients the Bahamas Red Cross, Grand Bahama Home for the Aged, and Reach Out Youth Organization (ROYO).
“Today really it is as just an effort by our outstanding students and advisors,” he said
He added that the initiative shows how teamwork can play a major role in gaining success.
“We are so happy to give back. The yearly event teaches students the importance of giving back to the community,” he said.
Local organizations received items such as canned goods, other non-perishable foods and cleaning supplies.
Dudley Seide Founder of ROYO, expressed gratitude for the donation.
“I take my hat off to them because they could have been doing anything else, but they decided to give back to organizations that impact Grand Bahama.
“The donation came right on time because ROYO’s pantry is running low and we needed the items to continue conducting our own feeding initiatives.
“We can continue our breakfast program. That’s from which we feed 100 kids every day. We also feed the folks in the local community,” he said.
JA is a non-profit organization, therefore dependent on sponsors like BTC, Buckeye Bahamas Hub, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), National Insurance, CIBC, Polymers, Grand Bahama Shipyard, Halt Industries, FOCOL and various individuals.
JA hosts a number of activities throughout the year including various training sessions on entrepreneurship and leadership, speech competitions, sports day and JA exams.
This year JA is celebrating 36 years of existence in Grand Bahama and 40 years in The Bahamas.
The related activities are under the theme “40 Achieving the Vision.”
Participating schools of JA Grand Bahama are: Jack Hayward High School, Sister Mary Patricia Junior High, Alpha Omega Christian School, Bishop Michael Eldon High School, Eight Mile Rock High School, Grand Bahama Academy, Lucaya International, Mary, Star of The Sea Catholic Academy, St. Georges High School, St. Paul’s Methodist High School, Sunland Baptist Academy and Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy.