More than 200 schoolchildren who were going without a daily school lunch will no longer go hungry, thanks to money raised by the Flowers Sea Swim.
The popular annual open water event, which attracted nearly 900 swimmers and even more “Walk and Watch” spectators last month, raised through registration fees more than US$56,000 for Feed Our Future. The money will help feed 220 students from school canteens, organizers said.
It is the third consecutive year that Feed Our Future has been the beneficiary of the event, now in its 22nd year. What started as a mile open water swim now also includes a 5K and a 10K swim.
Flowers Group director Dara Flowers Burke and her father Frank Flowers presented the check for US$56,155.11 on Friday.
“It’s an amazing organization and the work they do is just incredible,” Mrs. Flowers Burke said. “It’s the youth of the Cayman Islands; it’s our future.”
Feed Our Future chair Stacey VanDevelde said the charity was established three years ago after founders heard of situations where schoolchildren did not have food during the day.
The program works with children ordering from their school’s canteen, which then bills the charity.
“We are trying to make sure they have access to healthy food so they can flourish at school and as individuals,” Ms. VanDevelde said.
“It’s all about the importance of a child’s nutrition and their health and well being.”
Feed Our Future has also launched a summer program that donates weekly food baskets and recipe ideas to selected families in need.