Since 2008, the I FED ONE Family has
lead hundreds of volunteers through the streets of the Kingston Metropolitan
Area (KMA) and some areas of SpanishTown in Jamaica, West Indies, to give food
to the homeless, who otherwise might not have had a cooked meal at Christmas. The initiative is spearheaded by three (3)
organizations: Spurr Music Empire, Fruitful Trees and Shekinah
project has issued over 2,000 meals since its inception and our participants
demonstrate remarkable passion and commitment to the cause - “we just can't
Each year, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company
(JUTC) has allowed us the use of six (6) buses (each with seating capacity of
just over 50). These large public buses are used to transport our volunteers
from the dispatch centre to all the distribution locations where we all
participate in handing food to our special guests (the homeless). Built in the
late 19th century as the home of the island’s first black
millionaire and ranked by National Geographic as the fourth best place in the
world to eat ice cream, Devon House has been our dispatch station since
A real 2-course Christmas dinner is served
to the homeless each year. This meal included chicken and/or fish, rice, gungo
peas or red/kidney beans, the native Jamaican Christmas drink, sorrel and
Jamaican Christmas fruit cake. Some of our participants donate cash, groceries
for us to prepare the Christmas meals, and others have even prepared cooked
Volunteering and Participation
Each year we
offer the opportunity to participants to be involved in the following ways:
Donate a meal: At the
heart of this project is the invitation for each participant to share one
serving from their Christmas dinner in a disposable lunch box and donate it to
this project - hence the name, "I Fed One". However, if a participant
is desirous of donating more than one meal, we will not turn away such kindness.
These meals are checked by our Culinary Manager to ensure consistency with our
standards before serving to our guests.
Donate time: Volunteers
travel the streets with us and help distribute meals to our homeless guests.
All volunteers are required to pre-register online or by phone by a given
deadline and report to our dispatch station at the specified on the day of the
project. See section on important dates. Participants are
required to wear black or dark blue jeans and white shirts (preferably
plain white but moderately designed white tops are acceptable) for uniformity.
Donate cash: The
budget is estimated at over J$700,000 to cover the cost of items on our
shopping list. Online registrants may pay financial contributions online at www.ifedone.org.
Donate grocery: Generally,
our shopping list is as follows:
Meats - chicken, ham and
Dry Groceries - rice, peas,
oil, ketchup, etc;
Market items - seasonings,
spices, vegetables, etc;
Juices/drinks – sorrel,
bottled, bagged, powdered mixes, concentrates;
Drinking water - bottled
spring or purified water;
Deserts - Baked cakes and/or
the time we have covered major routes in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA)
and areas of SpanishTown:
From Papine along hope road
and into new Kingston and Cross Roads
From Manor park along constant
spring road and into Half Way Tree
From Half Way Tree along
Hagley Park Road and unto Molynes Road
From Dunrobin Avenue along
Washington Boulevard into Spanish Town Square
Step 1 - Provide
name and contact information
If a participant is registering on his/her
own on our website, he/she will be required to have a valid email address. In
the absence of an email address, a participant can register by phone; one of
our Registration Officers will register him/her over the phone.
Step 2 - Specify
Each registering participant is required to
select his/her preference of involvement.
Step 3 - Just do it
Each participant is encouraged to keep
checking our website for updates and reminders.
Our Internet Portal
information on this project can be found on our website www.ifedone.org.
Registering for participation online is quick and easy, and this provides us
with real time information as the registration is complete. We’ve also added a
direct link on our website to PayPal to facilitate online financial
all site users to leave testimonials of their experience with I Fed One, as
well as click “like” on our facebook page at http://facebook.com/ifedone;
our facebook page has pictures of previous projects.
is extremely important to us and so it is paramount that all participants pay
very keen attention to our time schedule as shown below.
or Contact us
Cash and Grocery Donations
Phone and Website
for the future
of I Fed One speaks is to provide a way of involvement for the average
citizen who does not have a charitable organization of their own but would like
to have “hands on” involvement in helping people. This charitable support will
involve providing Food, Education and Development to the less.
We intend to
cover multiple projects similar to our current Christmas Feeding Project and
facilitate other outreach ventures across the Caribbean and the rest of the
We will seek
to partner with and also establish other organizations to provide further help
to those among us who need it. For example, instead of only providing a meal to
a homeless person on a given day, we would like to take him or her off the
streets, and provide further development including education and or skills
training, therefore equipping them to not only help themselves but to also help
We intend to
facilitate a large multinational global network of volunteers and other
resources to promote a culture of selfless giving. We believe that it is
through selfless giving that one receives the greatest joy.