Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre’s School Childrens’ Lunch Kit Program
Date of Issue: August 30, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Colborne, ON.: For local school children in need going back to school next week will be a whole lot easier knowing that they will have nutritious lunches thanks to the Bodner Family’s support of the Port Cares Reach Out Centre School Lunch Kit program.
The Bodner Family and their business Sherkston Supermart inside Sherkston Shores Resort have donated $2,500 to support the Lunch Kit program which is 100 per cent reliant on donation and philanthropic support. Last school year 2,404 lunch kits were provided to local children supplying 12,020 individual lunches to elementary and secondary school students during the school year.
“The Bodner Family donation comes on the fourth anniversary of our launch of this important service. Every child who is registered for the lunch kit program is a child living in a low income or poor family where choices have to made about whether there is enough money to pay the rent or buy nutritious healthy food. Port Cares started this program with the incredible support of the Branscombe Family Foundation and we are blessed to have the number of community supporters grow every year,” explains Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director, Port Cares.
“On behalf of the children and families we serve we sincerely thank Ron, Claire, James and Glen – the Bodner Family – for their generosity and community goodwill.”
The Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre located at 61 Nickel Street, Port Colborne provides lunch kits to local school age elementary and secondary school children who live in low income households.
Hot, nutritious community meals are served three times a week to families and individuals in need at the Reach Out Centre.
More than 50 adults and children typically attend each meal. In winter months there will be nearly 100 clients attending at meal time.
As for the Food Bank, Port Cares continues to assist 1,200 individuals and more than a third of the people reliant on the ROFC Food Bank are children.
On average 17,000 to 20,000 pounds of food is distributed through the Port Cares Food Bank each month.
Most needed food item donations for the food bank include canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, cereal, jam, baby food, formula and diapers, personal hygiene items.
About Port Cares (Port Colborne Community Association for Resource Extension) was established as a not-for-profit registered charity in 1986.
is a not-for-profit community organization that provides development, employment, and support services to enhance the quality of life for individuals in Port Colborne, Wainfleet and the surrounding area. To learn more about our organization please visit www.portcares.ca
A huge thank you to the over 200 people who turned out for our 6th annual Pancake Brunch at our Reach Out Centre on 61 Nickel St. in Port Colborne and helped us raise over $3000 to aid those facing homelessness in our community.
A special thank you to ADM Milling for the delicious pancake mix; to Shaun Slat of Tendercuts for not only donating all of the sausages for the event but also helping to serve the meals, to Christine Strom Harper, owner of the Tim Horton’s at 197 Main. St East for donating 3 huge containers of Tim Horton’s coffee and hot chocolate; to Grant Jennings from Sobeys for the juice and toppings and to Dean, Sarah and Amanda for cooking up a storm.
Verge Insurance also donated $500 towards the event for homelessness prevention. Hats off also to all of the folks from Giant FM;Country 89; Whites/Verge Insurance and to Mayor April Jeffs, Board members Cathy Boggio and Ashleigh Miatello and to the Port Cares staff who pitched in and the fantastic volunteers for their wonderful help. We could not have done it without you!!!! What a great community we live in!
The 2017 Dinner Gala and Auction was a success with close to 300 guests who had a marvellous time at the Hollywood inspired event. Over $50,000 was raised to assist with vital programming at Port Cares.
Many thanks to the sponsors, donors, guests, staff and volunteers who made this event possible.
Many residents of Port Colborne, Wainfleet and South Niagara currently rely on our Reach Out Food Centre at 61 Nickel Street. On November 4th the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs will be holding their annual food drive. We are grateful for their support because it helps to make it possible for us to continue to to serve 200 meals each week, provide school children with lunch kits and distribute 17,000 to 20,000 lbs of food monthly.
This food drive would not be possible without the many volunteers who will be collecting food, and sorting it for transport to our Food Bank on Saturday November 4th.
Residents in Port Colborne can leave their food food on their door steps by 9 am as volunteers will be going door to door in Port Colborne. Wainfleet residents can drop their food off at their local Meridian Branch on HWY 3.
A huge thank you to all of the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions members for their support; to the incredible volunteers who are donating their time to help collect and sort food; to the Christian Life Assembly Church and the Meridian Branch in Wainfleet for the use of their space. And to you, the donors, who generously give food to this food drive so that those in need in your community can have access to hot meals and food through our Food Bank and Reach Out Centre.
If you missed the food drive or wish to donate food items during the year, please call our Food Bank at 905-835-1914. Thank you.
Thanksgiving is a time of family, celebration and sharing gratitude. And for the 1,496 residents of Port Colborne, Wainfleet and South Niagara who currently rely on the food bank and meal services of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre (ROFC), people in need will share in the celebration of gratitude this Thanksgiving thanks to the amazing outpouring of community and corporate support Port Cares and the Reach Out Food Centre receives.
“We are truly blessed to have such a compassionate and giving community. We receive support from the young children who collect food donations at their daycares and schools to small businesses and major corporations providing food, services and financial gifts. Port Cares relies on all of this kindness to run the Reach Out Centre including the Food bank, community meals and intervention programs,” explains Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director.
While the need to help is daunting, the support is overwhelming Clark Lafleur explains. She notes that throughout the year and especially at festive holiday times like Thanksgiving and Christmas Port Cares and its Reach Out Centre receives an outpouring of support. “We are truly blessed to without even asking have the individuals and companies like the Leon Family and Leon’s Furniture Limited step forward to help. The Leon family through Leon’s Furniture Limited provided a substantial gift to Port Cares to assist the work we do for young children at the centre. They shared with us that they wanted to recognize their gratitude by assisting the less fortunate by sharing compassion, care and comfort to those who need it most. Their gift is directly supporting the food bank and meal program at the Reach Out Centre.”
Approximately 120 to 140 people are anticipated to attend the Thanksgiving Dinner Meal at the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre this Thursday, October 5th with the Port Colborne Fire Department hosting by supplying turkeys, and helping to prepare and serve alongside community volunteers and client helpers.
Not all of the people in our community who require food assistance participate in the ROFC meal program. Many more will receive food support through the ROFC food bank.
“Our clients are truly appreciative of the compassion and support they receive not only at Thanksgiving but year round. They do their best to give back and share their gratitude as best they can when their personal situations improve. This is what Port Cares is truly about – help, hope and opportunity.”
QUICK FACTS :
More than a third of the people reliant on the ROFC food bank are children.
Typically 50 adults and children attend the lunch program on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Reach Out Food Centre (ROFC) at 61 Nickel Street, Port Colborne.
Approximately 100 individuals attend the weekly dinner on Thursday evenings at the ROFC.
Lunch kits with supplies to make five nutritious lunches are provided to families with school age children through the Reach Out Centre food bank
On average 17,000 to 20,000 pounds of food is distributed monthly through the ROFC food bank.
Port Cares Reach Out Centre relies on donations, grants and fundraising to provide services and assistance to people living in poverty.
The first annual Port Cares Trivia Night was a great hit with 94 players all hoping to win the bragging rights as top team.
The Winning team was Low Expectations!
Thanks to the many generous guests we raised $2640 for the food bank. Gratitude goes out to Anne Turner and Rob Leveille for their incredible support as Trivia Hosts. I also wish to thank the Legion for donating the space, Super Mario’s for donating the pizza, Janet Bruce for the cupcakes and Val Capaldi for all of her hard work. See you all next year and if you have any questions regarding any Port Cares events please contact Karin DiBiase, Supervisor of Fundraising for Port Cares at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you looking for a place to bring your child to play and learn new activities? Over 14,900 children between the age of 0-6 visited our centres in 2016/17 and we have many services to offer you.
Do you as a parent and caregiver want to connect with other parents and learn more about the resources available to you and your child in the community?
Our Port Cares Ontario Early Year Centres are here to help you. There is no cost for any of our programs. Come on out and visit us at one of our 4 sites. You can also reach us at 1-866-933-9633 or OEYC Information .
Port Cares offers parents and youth access to the Niagara Youth Justice Program (NYJ) through our onsite Niagara Youth Justice Manager Heather Ranger, MSW.
This program offers an alternative to formal court proceedings for youth, 12-17 years-old, who have committed minor offences. Over 80 youth were assisted through our program in 2016/17. The NYJ serves the entire Niagara region and accepts referrals from Police and Crown Attorneys.
Youth Justice Committees (YJC) are based on restorative justice principles which gives priority to the accountability and the needs of the youth, needs of the victim, and community wellness and healing. This is done through community conferencing that involves trained community members who meet with persons harmed, accused young people and their parents/caregivers to negotiate an appropriate way for the young person to make amends for their actions.
By offering this program Port Cares provides an opportunity for those who have been harmed and the broader community to have a role in dealing with offences committed by young persons.
This program was established under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.
For more information please contact Heather Ranger at 905-834-3629 ext. 242.
The Port Cares Division, also known as PC Works offers residents of all ages the opportunity to meet with a knowledgeable and experienced employment counsellor to assist with one on one career coaching.
We can help with resume writing, interview skills and all aspects of the job search. We also offer computer skills training, upgrading and works shops. Training such as Safety, WHMIS, Fork Lift, Smart Serve, First Aid and other training opportunities are offered onsite here at Port Cares.
We would like to share a good news story about Mr. Bell who worked with Julia Norris, one of our Employment Counsellors. We thank him for sharing his story with us.
“Overall, the whole office was helpful. In the computer room tracking down addresses and phone numbers, copying resumes and just plain helping folks out that aren’t really that good with computers. I would also like to mention that over the past number of years I’ve used the various different services available at the Port Cares office and always had good results.”
Thank you to Cathy and Larry Boggio for yet another outstanding event in support of the each Out Food Centre & Food Bank. This year the theme was Hoedown and over 130 guests joined in the fun and together they raised a whopping $15,000 for the Food Bank. The huge barn was donated by Henderson Farms & guests filled their boots with a fantastic BBQ thanks to Tendercuts; corn from Sobeys and beverages courtesy of Larry Boggio and Young’s Catering. Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening filled with music and fun….all for a good cause. Thank you Cathy and Larry Boggio for your amazing support and to everyone involved in making this event possible.