$40,000 raised to provide free lunches to schoolchildren

Attendees got a taste of what the Kimpton Seafire has to offer at the annual Island Roast for Feed Our Future on Coral Beach Saturday. - PHOTOS: MAGGIE JACKSON

Around 350 people turned out Saturday night for the sixth annual Island Roast to raise money for Feed our Future, which provides free lunches to schoolchildren. The event raised around $40,000.

Featuring food from some of the island’s best restaurants, a band and DJ, the event at Coral Beach is the charity’s main fundraiser.

Jeana Ebanks, Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Tabitha Crowley and Amanda Clark
Jeana Ebanks, Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Tabitha Crowley and Amanda Clark

Stacey VanDevelde, chairwoman of Feed Our Future, said, “It is a really unique event and we are so grateful to everyone that sponsored it and that came out to support. We have really great sponsors that help make the food and the experience top notch.”

The Ritz-Carlton kitchen, Agua, Lobster Pot, Saucha, Coccoloba, ABS international, Mise en Place, Smokin Bros and Best Dressed Chicken were among the businesses that provided food. The band Trinity and IMG Entertainment provided the music, Camana Bay supplied the venue and The Ritz-Carlton and Camana Bay helped staff the event.

In this school year, Feed our Future is providing free school lunches to 165 children.

Feed Our Future board members: Back row, from left, Jeana Ebanks, Frank Balderamos Jr., Daniel Cummings, Simone Ross and Anthony Lawson; front row, Anna Goubault, Stacey VanDevelde and Tabitha Crowley - PHOTOS: MAGGIE JACKSON
Feed Our Future board members: Back row, from left, Jeana Ebanks, Frank Balderamos Jr., Daniel Cummings, Simone Ross and Anthony Lawson; front row, Anna Goubault, Stacey VanDevelde and Tabitha Crowley – PHOTOS: MAGGIE JACKSON
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  1. I think this is a great gesture by all those involved. Thank you, there are many children who are in need and would appreciate what you are doing.
    Now, to move the needle slightly on feeding, I would like to comment briefly on the “Meals on Wheels Feed the people” I believe the Head Office in George Town, supervised by Ms. Beulah Mc Field is doing a good job, however my concern is my district of Bodden Town. My suggestions are that a change need to be made in the supervision, cook, and menu.. Especially THE FOOD MENU preparation.
    The food that is being prepared is going to kill off the old people before time giving them cancer, high blood pressure and every sickness in the book, because they are being fed pure SLUSH. Clearly the food is not being prepared with kind hands. Some days they are served with large junks of pig tail and a few red beans and white rice. Some days they are given cow gut and white rice and macaroni. Some days they are given curried chicken with more skin that meat. some days they are given one scorch of fish about 2 inches long with half a mile of onions, some burnt breadfruit and white rice. Since the past two weeks you need a spy glass to find the food. The food being prepared is outrageous and the cook need to be changed.
    The only thing good about the Meals on wheels in the Bodden Town district is the on time delivery; otherwise those who are supporting this cause need to examine how their money is being spent and have a check made on what is cooked and served to people on a daily basis. Gosh, not because these people are helpless that they should be fed SLUSH on a daily basis.

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    • A very good observation Twyla, I hope the actions to correct this will be taken immediately. I am surprised to learn that no licensed nutritionist supervises the meals preparation. In the US it is required that all meals served using donors funds must adhere to the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, provide a minimum of one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes, meet state and local food safety and sanitation requirements and be appealing to older adults.

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