Food festival nourishes Meals on Wheels

| 22/02/2018
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Ash McKnight of CITA, raffle winner Gail Bell and Erin Bodden of Meals on Wheels

(CNS Local Life): A raffle held for the Taste of Cayman food and drink festival, which took place last month, raised more than $10,000, with the total split between Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels and organiser Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) to support the various activities of each group.

Erin Bodden, general manager of Meals on Wheels, said the organisation was thrilled with the amount raised. “At Meals on Wheels, we are committed to enhancing the lives of those we visit, helping them maintain independence, as well as encouraging hope and wellbeing through our volunteer programme,” she said in a CITA press release. “With the funds raised from the Taste of Cayman raffle, we will be able to provide over 1,000 meals to those in need and spread awareness in our community.”

A total of $10,490 was raised through the sale of more than 2,000 raffle tickets. “We’re pleased the Taste of Cayman raffle was such a success this year,” Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks, CITA executive director, said. “Thanks to our chosen charity, Meals on Wheels and their amazing volunteers for not only helping to promote this year’s raffle and selling tickets, but for the tireless work they do each and every day, providing free, hot and nutritious meals to those in need all over Cayman.”

Ash McKnight, a member of the event committee and the CITA board, added, “As we celebrated Taste of Cayman’s 30th year, we felt it fitting to partner with a charity which is food focused and Meals on Wheels also do an incredible job of reducing loneliness and bringing the community together. We’re delighted that everyone came out to support them by purchasing raffle tickets.”

Gail Bell won the grand prize, which was a trip to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami, including round trip flights and hotel accommodation.

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