Thousands Gather at Bahamas Feeding Network’s Annual Steak Out
Clear blue skies, calm seas and a balmy ocean breeze were the backdrop to the Bahamas Feeding Network’s 2nd Annual Steak Out held this past weekend at Montagu Park where thousands lined up to support one of the organization’s annual fundraisers by purchasing steak, chicken and fish dinners.
“The support we received from the public has been nothing short of exceptional,” shared Philip Smith executive director, Bahamas Feeding Network. “From about 11am we had persons begin to assemble at the park and queue to be one of the first of the 3,500 tickets sold to collect their meals. What was even more special was the amount of families that came out and spent the day with us due to the family atmosphere we created. Switching the location to here was a great move.”
Last year’s steak out took place on the grounds of the Network’s Moseff House, Fox Hill Road headquarters which created factors which limited the enjoyment aspect for supporters.
“Due the increased number of persons we anticipated at this year’s event, we decided to move to a larger venue with greater access to parking and which provided an environment where we could offer an array of activities for children including bouncing castles and face painting,” Smith said. “The entertainment component also grew as we were so excited to have performances by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band under the direction of Chief Petty Officer Mathew Rolle.”
Founded in 2013, the brainchild of H.E. Frank Crothers, BFN has grown from assisting 13 churches to providing food vouchers, hot meals and food parcels to more than 100 other civic or church-based organisations which help in the fight against hunger. Operated almost entirely by volunteers, the Feeding Network preps, cooks and plates up to 5,500 hot meals a week.
“Our work is truly a labour of love and we could not continue to our mission without the tantamount support of our volunteers who show up without hesitation. Further, the financial and in-kind donations from individuals and corporate Bahamas reassures me that we are indeed our brothers’ keeper. I wish to extend a sincere and heart felt thank you to all who contributed in making this steak out a success and we look forward to an even bigger and better event next year.