Mon | Dec 5, 2016

5000 fed, let's go again

Published:Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Having surpassed his goal of feeding 5,000 needy Jamaicans in fine fashion on Sunday, Jordan Bennett says the clock has restarted with his organisation aiming to feed another 5,000 persons as the act of giving must never end.

Motivated by Jesus Christ's miracle, in which he used five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 people, Bennett embarked on his mission to feed dispossessed Jamaicans in 2012 by forming the Feeding of the 5,000 Outreach Foundation. On Sunday, the organisation surpassed that goal.

The feeding of the 5,000 took place at 2B Grafton Road in Kingston. One hundred persons were fed from the Golden Age Home in Kingston, while other volunteers fed the homeless in communities across Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine.

"Yesterday was amazing, as we more than passed our 5,000 mark. We set a pattern and did much more than just feeding them. I know they loved it, because a lot of them came to me personally and said that this is the best treat that they have ever had and they can't wait until next year," Bennett told The Gleaner.

"We were also able to get the St John Ambulance on board to go around the communities with us. They had doctors along with nurses who gave free check-ups, wrote prescriptions, and gave medication to those who could not afford it," he added.

Get in on the action

Bennett went on to note that more than 200 volunteers from Jamaica and overseas took part in the feeding, many of whom are under age 30.

"I really encourage other young persons to get in on the action, because once you start, you can't stop; giving back to the less fortunate is really addictive. The love and smiles you get back speak volumes from the persons. It's amazing, and I encourage everyone, young and old, to come out and just experience it," he said.

Bennett also lauded The Gleaner as the newspaper, prior to Sunday's event, gave his Facebook page, Jordan Bennett - Feeding of the 5,000, more exposure, which allowed him to get additional sponsors.

"In going forward, since we reached our 5,000 mark, we will be starting from zero. However, we have not started planning the next date for a feeding yet. It will be during one of the holidays, either Easter or summer," he said.

alessandro.boyd@gleanerjm.com