Determined to mitigate hunger and food insecurity in the country, The Candlelight Foundation has entered into partnership with Lagos Food Bank, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to feed the less privileged.
With this new partnership, Lagos Food Bank would join The Candlelight Foundation, which has provided over 55,000 meals at their centre in Surulere, Lagos with the support of Indomie, Coca-Cola and Woodhall Capital, to continue the fight against hunger.
Speaking during the handover of foods items recently in Lagos, Michael Sunbola, president, Lagos Food Bank, expressed satisfaction with the services rendered by The Candlelight Foundation to the less priviledged.
“We have adopted The Candlelight Foundation as one of our partner agencies that we want to be supplying food to in order to reach people in Surulere. So, it’s something that we need to invest in,” he said.
According to him, The Candlelight was selected by Lagos Food Bank for partnership after carrying out due diligence and the foundation proved to have outstanding credibility in the work of charity.
“We did our findings and the feedback we got about The Candlelight Foundation was good. It’s just something that looks really genuine. We saw some of your pictures as well and there are lots of evident that show that the foundation is genuine. We are really happy because the work is being done and people are being reached,” Sunbola said.
He said that issue of credibility is very important for Lagos Food Bank because there are lots of questionable organisations out there that are really not doing the work of giving.
Uzoamaka Okeke, executive director of The Candlelight Foundation, expressed delight that the Lagos Food Bank, which is an NGO that The Candlelight Foundation greatly admires, has decided to partner with them.
“We recognise that charity is not a competitor’s spot and we look forward to a greater as well as deeper relationship with Lagos Food Bank including other NGOs, charity organisations, food brands and others,” Okeke said.
Reports have revealed that due to the outbreak Covid-19 pandemic another 96 million Nigerians will be thrust into poverty and hunger after the period of Covid-19 isolation and lockdown.
Meanwhile, The Candlelight Foundation started feeding people before the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic but as the effect of hunger continues to rise, the foundation has continued to increase the number of meals provided to the less priviledged.