The Inter-American Development Bank recently served up some goodwill to the poor at the Salvation Army Community Feeding Centre.
Country Representative, Joel Branski, said the goodwill visit in which IDB staff in Barbados prepared and served more than 100 lunches was part of a community outreach programme.
“We are here in Barbados and we are cognisant that while the IDB’s mission is supporting the country’s socioeconomic development, it is also very important to make a positive impact on our community. I am very happy with the good turn out by staff to do this service for the community,” Branski said.
Senior members of the Salvation Army expressed their gratitude to the IDB for taking up the challenge to provide the meals for the clients of the Centre. Major Rosemary Brown indicated that the Salvation Army was indebted to a number of organisations for their generosity which helped them to facilitate the Sunday feeding programme and indicated that there was still a Sunday free each month for other companies or organisations to adopt.
Operations Senior Associate of the bank, Janette Archer-Headley, and member of the Diversity and Inclusion Group coordinated the outreach activity. She explained that the feeding of the poor at the Salvation Army was a continuation of the IDB’s mandate through its D&I Action Plan to build its relationship with its community.
“The purpose of the D&I is to foster an inclusive work environment with a more diverse workforce, a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Bank’s member countries and that enriches the quality of the IDB’s work,” Archer-Headley said.
“The staff of the IDB Barbados Country Office was happy to be able to contribute to the society in this way, we are all very conscious that they are persons less fortune than ourselves and we were happy that we could lend a hand and spread some goodwill in this way,” she said.