Bennett ready for Feeding of 5,000
Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
Jordan Bennett is more than elated as he gets closer to achieving his long-awaited goal of feeding 5,000 homeless Jamaicans next Sunday (December 21). Having achieved this personal milestone, Bennett is getting ready to intensify his outreach activities, with a lot more on his agenda.
Motivated by Jesus Christ's miracle in which he used five loaves of bread and two fishes 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. Since its inception, the foundation has fed more than 3,000 people.
"To be honest, this journey has been much more than I expected since it began in 2012 because when I started, I didn't' plan to do it more than once, so being able to go from feeding 250 persons to thousands is a great feeling!" he told The Gleaner.
"Each time is such a different experience that motivates me more and more. The word feeding doesn't necessarily mean food alone. We feed their minds and hearts as well because we all know the food lasts for basically two hours. What we do is try to show them love, and that is the most important thing," Bennett added.
hoped to inspire Jamaicans
Bennett said he hoped his efforts would inspire many other young Jamaicans to help the less fortunate.
"The core of our volunteers is basically between the ages of 18 and 25, so we are surrounded by a lot of youth. There is also a very vibrant atmosphere, and we make the best use of it. I'm grateful to reach this far, and I hope to inspire a lot more young people because a lot of persons want to give back. They just need the first step," Bennett said.
"I want the youth to use 'Feeding of the 5,000' as a vehicle to just come and give back. It is for the benefit of our nation," he added.
The Feeding of the 5,000 will take place at 2B Grafton Road in Kingston and is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. One hundred persons will be fed at the Golden Age Home in Kingston, while the other 300 volunteers will feed the homeless in communities across the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine.
"After reaching our 5,000 goal, we will be starting over from zero and will aim to feed another 5,000 as the work of giving will never be complete," Bennett said.
"In the future, we would like to teach these homeless persons skills so that instead of being dependent, they can make a living for themselves and come off the streets," he continued.