The Cayman Food Bank is founded by two local businessmen: Woody Foster and Reginald “Choppy” Delapenha, and with the invaluable consultative support of experienced food bank operator, Rev. Charles Boucher – they will work tirelessly to improve the lives of those in critical need throughout our community. Of course, they can’t do it alone so, please be sure to ask how you, your company, or organisation can help.
Woody Foster was reared with a good sense and value for food and community, which can be attributed to him seeing his father and uncle’s hard work and dedication to the local grocery industry and community from an early age. Woody later joined them in the family grocery business where he worked diligently in every aspect of the business. Woody is passionate about his community and developing a systematic approach utilizing the grocery industry to alleviate hunger in both the near and long- terms and looks forward to an active role in the success of Cayman’s first Food Bank.
Reginald “Choppy” Delapenha is a high energy, fiscally conscious, goal-driven local businessman and philanthropist who approaches opportunities to serve his local businesses and his community alike; passionately – with an intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, sustainable development objectives, and measured risk-taking to drive success. Reginald radiates a sincere passion for delivering value and benefits to his clients, customers, and most of all – his community. He welcomes the opportunity to launch the Cayman Food Bank to further enhance his local community.
Marie Eden studied Human & Social Services earning a Bachelor of Science degree and has paralegal certification. Marie serves on the board of directors of one the Island’s busiest food pantries. With over 20 years of experience with programs which assist persons in the community she has experienced first-hand the increasing number of families in need. Marie looks forward to being part of the first central food bank in the Cayman Islands which will not only have the capability of alleviating food waste, but also of monitoring the distribution of food to effectively benefit those persons most in need.
Naomi holds a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, and works for a large company on island as a Project Management Specialist. Prior to her board assignment, she was involved as a dedicated volunteer spearheading the early fundraising initiatives before the doors even opened officially. She has an extensive background with community involvement projects over the past 20 years and is also involved in many other community initiatives. She is passionate about helping others, and helping to eliminate hunger in our communities – and looks forward to seeing the positive effect the Food Bank will continue to have on the Cayman community in the years to come.
Colonel Phillip Hyre is a former Police Officer and previous Commander of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps. He has served as one of the founding members/ President of the Water For Life Now Ministry, a non-profit organisation that caters to the needs of homeless men and women in the United States of America. In 2016 he was the recipient of the prestigious Extraordinary People Awards, Philanthropist of the year. He has a master’s degree in youth management and development through City and Guilds Institute of London and is presently pursuing a Doctorial degree from Centre for Theological Leadership Training, Cayman Islands. Phillip is married to Cecilia Stewart- Hyre and is presently the English Pastor of the Ambassador of God Church, Cayman Islands. He is delighted to serve as the Manager of the Cayman Food Bank and looks forward to partnering with the people of the Cayman Islands to ensure the continued success of this great and much needed organisation.