Hard times

Salvation Army has trouble feeding the poor

The hard times are taking a toll on the Salvation Army’s ability to feed the poor and needy here.

The Christian church and international charity organization is facing a tough time raising the funds it needs to support its programmes, particularly its feeding programme for people who cannot afford a meal.

Scores sitting and waiting to be served.
Scores sitting and waiting to be served.

Still, members of the management team have refused to give up, and Tuesday they fed scores of people with a special meal.

Divisional Commander Major Sinous Theodore told Barbados TODAY the church feeds about 250 people weekly.

Theodore said while the charity receives a subvention from Government, there was a noticeable decline in sponsorship from corporate entities and Barbadians on a whole.

However, he said the Army was committed to soliciting help from those who could afford, in its attempts to ensure the needy receive at least one meal a day.

In fact, while he was unable to give figures, the Divisional Commander said the Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal last year failed to meet its $800,000 target, making difficult to meet the demands of programmes.

“It is becoming more and more challenging. More people [are] in need. Then the economy too [is having an effect]. Those who use to give more, they loose their job and give less or don’t give at all.

“But people are still willing to help us; and the Government also subsidize our feeding programme, so we say thanks,” Theodore told Barbados TODAY at the Army’s Reed Street headquarters in The City during today’s special luncheon.

Advisory Board Member Salvation Army Wilfred Field serving plates of food.
Advisory Board Member Salvation Army Wilfred Field serving plates of food.

Tuesday’s luncheon coincided with the Army’s 2016 week of activities, and officials of the Advisory Board were present to serve the meals.

The Salvation Army will also host a dinner and awards ceremony on Friday night to honour and thank those companies and individuals who have given generous contributions over the years.

The Army is also preparing to host an international conference in Barbados for the women of the church.

The conference on social justice is scheduled to begin next week, and is expected to be attended by delegates from across the Caribbean and South America.


20 Responses to Hard times

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore July 6, 2016 at 8:39 am

    How can this be? PM Stuart said recently that the economy is improving & that citizens were benefiting from a trickle down effect. The reality is that life has gotten harder for the average Barbadian who is finding it more difficult to cope.

  2. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 6, 2016 at 8:46 am
  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Arthur Collymore

  4. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Now this is such an eye sore. The Prime Minister is surely lying on the Barbadian economy. Why he don’t clean his glasses and see what’s going on down here in Barbados instead of leaving the country every moment with a bunch of lies?

  5. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson July 6, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Bajans need to step up to the plate and help the less fortunate amongst them.

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva July 6, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Coming together, helping, hi, being nice to each other has helped us in big cities to survive and pull through tragedies. We cannot depend on government for everything we need to make our lives prosperous, we must pull together as a nation. It appears Barbados/ Barbadians in general have not been as giving as they could. The ability to come together and the initiative of being creative, volunteering, making things happen seems to be lacking.

  6. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies July 6, 2016 at 10:23 am

    So because d PM say so wha dat mean wanna ain’t realize he don’t kno wha does going on bout here & as he mek a trip & comeback he does act as if he is a expert on things bout here,lol

  7. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 6, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Wait….Barbados Today wunna just report unemployment figures down. Now wunna stating ‘Hard Times.’
    The money my favourite cartoon character Freundel spend on luncheons for tourist, (we still waiting for our invitation) he could put to good use and donate the funds to Salvation Army and the ministers can give up part of their entertainment benefits (cash) to food banks. Charity Begins at HOME.

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne July 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Alright then.

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva July 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      There are so many good destination spots around the globe, some even nicer and more economical than Barbados. The fear of of losing the regulars must be if concern. I suppose this is their way of promoting Barbados as the island which stands out for its friendliness, they must attract tourist somehow. With all the competition out there, they must try to sell Bim however they possibly can. I agree bragging about the great unemployment stats and now about the suffering next day is a real joke. However contradicting themselves is what they seem to do lots….Lol

    • Coralita July 6, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      The same tourist the PM shows appreciation to can go elsewhere and take their CASH with them, we need them more than they need us. You think the two cents he spends to show them appreciation can compare to what they bring into the economy? If some of us would think before we speak, we just would not speak.

      If I was a regular tourist to Barbados and I read this blog, I would make another country my vacation destination.

  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Love the expression on the gentleman’s face. Wunna think this is mock sport, this is for real!

  9. Tony Waterman July 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    @Veroniva Boyce!!!Down to 9.3% that’s Extremely High for a Population of Approx.258.000 Persons. it would also be Extremely high for Developed Countries like The UK, Canada, The USA etc.

    @Ryan Bayne!!!!! One could wish that this was NOT the case, but in This Country, One of the Richest in the entire World, we have Food Banks, Soup Kitchens and Shellters for Homeless Persons, so why is it an eye sore in Barbados, it to me is just Life Today.

    You Might Not Know it, But as PM he Must Attend some or all of these meetings so that is Nothing to criricize, Because we have Homeless people, we Cannot live in a Vacuum.

  10. kathy-Ann Clarke July 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Julia Robinson, its easier said than done. Those who were able to give back then, it is hard for them now, so they cannot even scrape to give to the less fortunate now. It is really sad to see so many homeless and those who cannot even have a proper meal on a daily basis.

  11. Christine Carol-ann Ceecee Waithe
    Christine Carol-ann Ceecee Waithe July 6, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Cha cud dear…

  12. Brien King
    Brien King July 6, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Things are rough for most middle to lower to none income earners but we SHOULD still try to help the real poor among us in Barbados. You may not know the real poor among us because most will hide for shame if possible. We all can be real poor at some point in our lives and will need someone to help us in like manner.

    I therefore proposed the PUT UP OR SHUT UP drive. Either deliver $30 cash to any salvation army personal collection box or to the salvation army in Brigdetown. This $30 represents a $1 a day towards the feeding of the real poor people for 30 days. I will sacrifice for this cause and when I have pay in that money to help feed the real poor of Barbados, I will ( like ) this comment, note, I will only like this comment after I have pay in such money as stated here. The question is now, Who will join me in sacrificing $30 to help feed the real poor in Barbados by the Salvation Army ?

  13. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham July 6, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    3/4 men, take their money and lick it out, on rum/women now old/have no one to help them, to the ones that really need help, i pray you get back on your feet soon

  14. Andrew Simpson July 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    The Salvation Army must launch a website that makes provision for persons to make donations online. These might be one-off or recurring charges to a debit or credit card.
    They might also try publishing a list of donors who wish their generosity to be recognized, complete with amounts, if desired by the donor. Issuing receipts for donations so that they might be claimed as a tax deductible expenses would also be useful.
    We must implement a system where farmers can contribute crops, and distributors of food products can get similar receipts based on market value of items provided.
    Give recipients the opportunity to contribute, even if only a dollar a meal. Keep up the good work guys.


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