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Chef feeds the less fortunate

Published:Saturday | September 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Members of Fans for Food serving the less fortunate in Port Antonio.
Executive chef, Nigel Thompson, eyes some of the pastries that are to be served to persons in Port Antonio.

Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer

Port Antonio, Portland:Executive chef, Nigel Thompson, is leading the charge among a group of youths who have taken the time to provide specially prepared meals to the elderly, the homeless, and also persons of unsound mind in Port Antonio, Portland.

'Chef Nigel' as he is affectionately called, works at Gee Jam Hotel, just outside of the town of Port Antonio, and is optimistic that as young people, they can make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged, the rejected, and the abandoned.

"We are a united group aiming to assist the forgotten and the rejected," said Thompson.

special outreach programme

He added, "This is our special outreach programme, which was launched in August of this year. The group, which is named 'Food is Fan', has pooled together their resources in charting the way forward. This group comprises males and females between the ages of 17 and 35 years and they are drawn from various communities in and around Port Antonio. We are in need of sponsorship, but for the time being, we are fending for ourselves."

The Food is Fan outreach group, under the leadership of Chef Nigel, prepares warm meals for at least 60 persons - street people, the indigent, and persons of unsound mind - throughout Port Antonio at least once per week.

The meals include red peas soup, cornmeal porridge, rice and peas and chicken, pastries, Milo and or chocolate, tea, fruits, and juice.

The group's outreach feeding programme also works in tandem with the Portland Red Cross, which also has an ongoing feeding programme for street people.

Continuing, Chef Nigel said, "I am encouraging other young persons to come on board, so as to make a difference in their town and community. This is one way of giving back to society; a society that continues to turn a blind eye on the less fortunate. We are also urging the business community to partner with us as we seek to continue this effort in providing meals to the needy.

"And very soon, we will be launching another outreach programme, aimed at providing assistance to residents at the Portland Infirmary. It is against that background that we are appealing to others to come on board and assist us through sponsorship."