Every year the community comes together and shares a meal at SoupFest in April to raise funds for our Reach Out Food Centre and Food Bank. Here is why we do it and how you have helped a family in need.
“I am a disabled single father with 2 school age children living in rural f Wainfleet with transportation issues,fixed household income and limited resources. It is an ongoing struggle to afford to cover expenses and meet the needs of my 8 year old son and 9 year old daughter. School lunches come at a great cost but thankfully because the Port Cares Reach Out Centre offers me regular access to the food bank, lunch program for my kids and community meals my family does not have to go with our meeting their basic needs. Through the Trusteeship program I am receiving help managing my fiances and covering my bases so that I have some piece of mind knowing that I do not have to go it alone; it is like a safety net, I know that some one else is looking out for me that way.”
” I would not want to imagine how difficult life would be without the Reach Out Centre and the wonderful helpful people who go out of their way to help me and my family. I know that when I don’t know where to start with something that comes up ,I can go there and get help. “
( name withheld to protect the privacy of the father and his family)
Hunger exists even in our community right here, right now………….
At Port Cares we provide families and individuals with a hot meal when they need it, three times a week and support them through our food bank. We also provide school lunches so local children do not have to go to school hungry. All of this is done through the generosity of local individuals, and businesses who donate money, food and time to our Reach Out Centre at 61 Nickel Street in Port Colborne.
Did you know that NO Food Bank in Canada receives any kind of government funding? Everything we do is made possible by donors like you and we thank you for your tremendous support.
Did you know that on average we see 200 kids under the age of 18 at our food bank each month? Or that we provide close to 1000 meals every month to those in need in our community? Want to help out?
You can help us by coming out to SoupFest on April 6 th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Italian Hall at 223 Bell Street in Port Colborne.
Students from the Culinary Programs at Port Colborne High School, Lakeshore Catholic High School, Niagara College, and a volunteer team from our own Soup Kitchen at the Reach Out Centre will be cooking up delicious soups for you to enjoy!
The Port Colborne High School band will also be performing, and there will be lots of food, door prizes celebrity guests, and a 50/50 draw for your entertainment. All for the price of a $15.00 ticket.
So don’t bring lunch that day and come on out and support their efforts instead, as they are all working hard to help us raise funds to help the most vulnerable members in our community. Thank you for your support!