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Feeding of the 5000 embarks on Christmas treat for less fortunate

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin
Jordan Bennett

The Feeding of the 5000 Outreach Foundation is aiming to touch the lives of at least 1,000 indigents as it embarks on its Christmas feeding programme on December 20.

Jordan Bennett, founder of the organisation, told The Gleaner that he is hoping the wider public gets involved to ensure the success of the event.

"Our Christmas feeding is normally the biggest ... . We do a number of events throughout the year. This year, the intention is to feed 1,000 persons in Kingston, St Andrew, and St Catherine," Bennett told The Gleaner.

"We intend to do something a little different, which is to give gifts to children in the communities. Adults will benefit as well, but we really want to focus on the children."

Bennett said: "We also will be trying to have at least 100 members from the Golden Age Home again this year. We are grateful to persons who have come on board in donating items such as bread and other things, but what we are short on is beverage."

He added: "We also have issues with transportation because ... we would want more volunteers to have the experience, but oftentimes, we don't have the transportation."

Bennett indicated that a wholesome approach must be adopted when catering to the less fortunate.

"My aim is to reach both volunteers and the homeless because we (volunteers) have a lesson to learn as well. Oftentimes, we take things for granted, and it's situations like these that will open our eyes to realise that there is a great need," he said.

 

MORE THAN A BELLYFUL

 

"We want persons to realise that feeding is not only about a bellyful, but we want to feed the mind, the heart, and the soul," he added.

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 own mission to feed dispossessed Jamaicans in 2012 by forming the Feeding of the 5000 Outreach Foundation. Since its inception, the foundation has fed more than 3,000 people.

Bennett can be contacted at 576-3285.

jodi-ann.gilpin@gleanerjm.com