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Feeding of the 5,000 to celebrate delivery of 10,000 meals to less fortunate

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 7:00 AMRomaine Newell
Jordan Bennett: This will be our biggest fund raising event of the year, which is really geared to help us in purchasing our own vehicle and also (supplying) our string of back-to-school events in August.

The Feeding of the 5,000 Outreach Foundation  is celebrating the doubling of its original goal after delivering 10,000 meals to the less fortunate, an achievement that has left chief organiser Jordan Bennett ecstatic.

“I can’t describe it. It just blew up because we started out with delivering 285 meals,” Bennett told The Gleaner yesterday.

The charity foundation, which currently has bases in Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and St Ann, will on Saturday be marking its latest milestone with a fund-raiser party on the grounds of Grafton Studios in Vineyard Town.

The aim of the party, Bennett said, is to thank the foundation's more than 100 volunteers, sponsors, and supporters while raising money at the same time to continue its programme of assistance to the homeless and less fortunate. 

"This will be our biggest fund raising event of the year, which is really geared to help us in purchasing our own vehicle and also (supplying) our string of back-to-school events in August," Bennett said.

The fund-raiser gets under way at 7 p.m. and is expected to end around 2 a.m.

Bennett told The Gleaner that he has always had a passion for assisting others, recalling how he once sold sweets help pay a high school classmate’s graduation fees.

“It’s always been there, and I am doing God’s work. So if I can feed one or 10 persons, I’ll be happy,” Bennett said.

The young philanthropist sees the sky as the limit and aims to build significantly on his 10,000 deliveries.

“What I really hope is to become like a Food For The Poor," he said.

"Even rehabilitating people, integrating them into society.”

Saturday’s fund raising celebration, which takes place at 2B Grafton Road, will feature the likes of Wippa Demus and Sizzla Kalonji among others.