Hilton Aruba donates more than 1000 volunteer hours at the local Food Bank

Team Members of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino are answering the call to volunteer and donate more than 1000 hours of time at the island’s food bank for the whole month of September.

Volunteer hours have already begun at the island’s Food Bank, as Hilton Aruba’s “Blue Energy Food Bank Heroes” have spent the last weeks preparing care packages for families in need.

The not-for-profit FPNC, Fundacion Pa Nos Comunidad, has been operating on the island since 2009. Following Gandhi’s view that poverty is the worst form of violence, the food bank was created, with a clothing bank and a furniture bank built-in, designed to alleviate some needs of our community’s less fortunate members.

“There is no greater joy than donating time to help those in need, and and I am proud of how enthusiastically our Team Members have embraced this spirit of giving,” said Glenn Farro, director of human resources.

Hilton Aruba’s “Blue Energy Food Bank Heroes” joined hard-working coordinator Gianaika v/d Biezen, and her dynamic staffers Lissa Harris, Gabriel Marchena, Suehen Pourier, Nicolaas Almarracin, Jewel Baker and Liandro Loopstok, at their headquarters in Club Kibrahacha.

Together they care for over 4,000 families, providing them with food assistance. This year, FPNC went from supporting 250 families a month, to an immense operation. They solicit bids, get purchases approved, buy huge quantities of everything including basic staples, dry and fresh goods, receive the merchandise, repack it with great care and then distribute to grateful families.

The work is overwhelming and FPNC is always happy to welcome volunteers from local businesses. Hilton’s Blue Energy crew, says Gianaika, came in at a critical moment, when help was most needed.

Options to donate:

Donate your time at Club Kibrahacha. Strong arms needed to move boxes and a sweet smile to greet clients. Make a monetary contribution: Bank Information Aruba Bank 1000; Banco di Caribe 100 000 500 001 800 01; Caribbean Mercantile Bank 60001000; RBC Royal Bank 77000 000 44195025. For aid, vistit the website Info@FPNC.aw, or call 588 0002 and 562 4205.

Pictured here, Hilton Aruba’s “Blue Energy Food Bank Heroes” in action at the food bank.