Nassau, Bahamas – Just days before Christmas, five local food brands donated $25,000 to charities in New Providence and Grand Bahama. Solomon’s, Cost Right, Domino’s, Carl’s Jr. and Solomon’s Fresh Market, all affiliated with parent company AML Foods Ltd, each contributed $5000 as a Christmas gift to select charities.
The much-needed funds come as local nonprofits see a significant reduction in public and private donations over the past year due, in part, to tough economic times.
“This year has been particularly challenging for charitable groups seeking donations from corporate Bahamas and everyday citizens,” said Renea Bastian, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at AML Foods Ltd. “We wanted to find a way for each of our brands to make an impact, especially during the holidays. These organizations extend their time and services into the wider Bahamian community. It is our hope that through our gift, the nonprofits are able to further assist those who have the greatest need during this time of year.”
The company selected charities that assist in youth development, feeding the hungry, health and wellness groups, disaster relief, disability and aging. In Nassau, the Bahamas Feeding Network, St. Joseph’s Adult Day Care Center, the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Bilney Lane Children’s Home for the Disabled and the Bahamas Heart Foundation received $2,500 each to assist with community-focused work in 2016.
Groups in the second city included the Grand Bahama Home for The Aged, the Bahamas Red Cross, the Salvation Army and youth focused groups Reach Out Youth Organization and the Pace Center for teenage mothers also received $2,500 towards their respective causes.
This most recent donation from the food outlets comes on the heels of the company making a major contribution of $25,000 in food and clothing to the Bahamas Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin. At this week’s presentation, group leaders had a chance to meet with company officials to share upcoming projects and to thank the brands for their generosity.