Operation Feed The Needs (OFTN) emerged as a Hurricane Emergency Operation to meet the immediate essential needs of Bahamians devastated and displaced by Hurricane Dorian (2019). As a result of Hurricane Dorian’s extreme devastation on Grand Bahama Island and The Abaco Islands, thousands were left homeless, and as a result were forced to migrate to New Providence. Due to this influx of nationals relocating to New Providence, the labour market became oversaturated, leaving many without work, to date. Succeeding this, due to the severe economic crisis initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Bahamas continues to experience a major humanitarian disaster, as our country is faced with a plethora of social ills, including unemployment, poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, disparities in healthcare, delinquency and crime. OFTN has transformed into a multifaceted non-for-profit organization that continually adapts to meet whatever needs are presented, including supporting persons destabilized by precarious socio-economic circumstances, as well as those experiencing abuse and/or mental health challenges, to achieve greater resilience and stability.
OFTN supports, and empowers individuals and families who are destabilized by precarious socio-economic circumstances, such as displacement, hunger, and homelessness, as well as provides support to those experiencing abuse and/or mental health issues, to achieve greater resilience and stability.
OFTN envisions a nation in which individuals, families, and communities are resilient and thriving, through love, compassion, empathy, encouraging self-determination, and their needs being met.
We are committed to:
grounding our work in the lived experience of clients and the community
diversity, equity & inclusivity
EQUITY & INCLUSION POLICY
OFTN is committed to a policy of equity and inclusion. We strive to ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, language, race, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, income, political or religious affiliation in all aspects of our operation and at all levels of the agency.
In the words of our Chairman, Walter Ferguson, "Compassion, and equity are at the core of OFTN. We only see human beings. Judgement based on race, gender, nationality, sexuality, political affiliation etc. hold no value in our organization. We don’t turn anyone away. Of course we keep confidential records but we don’t specifically drill down on exactly who you are, where you are or where you came from. If you need help, we will help you. Helping is human”