Monthly Archives: July 2013

“Care to Share”

Summer is here and we need your help.


Foodbank aug.2013


Andera Birrell and Aaron Russell  from the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre . Photo courtesy Luke Edwards, Niagara this Week. For the full article by Luke in the Leader see here.

“Food Centre Stretched Thin” 

This is the time of year when food donations are low. It is also a time when children are home from school and not able to depend on school lunch programs. One hundred and ninety six children(196) depended on food given out at the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in the month of May. We try to provide as much fresh, healthy food as possible and therefore we would welcome donations from anyone in the community who has a garden or a farm and has excess produce. We are also in need of canned meats/tuna, canned juices, and peanut butter.  Donate now!

The Port Cares Reach Out Centre is a centre for change that does more than simply provide Individuals with emergency food supplies, it is a centre of social support and change.  Health services, a community kitchen, children and youth programs, a community teaching garden and training are all part of the services.

Donations can be dropped off at 61 Nickel Street or the main office at 92 Charlotte Street. Monetary donations will purchase needed items and are eligible for tax receipts.

Lynda Reinhart, Executive Director  905.834.3629 Ext 248

Opera in the Garden was a success!

opera in the garden

Photo courtesy of Sarah Ferguson of the Welland Tribune 

On July 24th over 60 people visited the Port Cares Community Garden to listen to local soprano Jennifer Carter sing. This free event attracted visitors to the garden from throughout the region, including St. Catharines and all agreed that the performance was wonderful. Delighted visitors snacked on treats specially prepared by the Reach Out Food Centre and the Food Service Associate program. Over  $250.00 in food was donated.

The following Community Sponsors have made the With My Own Two Hands Community Garden possible:


Niagara Prosperity Initiative

Niagara College Many Hands Project

Port Colborne Home Hardware

Corey’s Basics and Bargains

Fairwind Farms

Sherk Lumber Timbr Mart

Plant’s Choice

Port Colborne Home Hardware

Frank’s Home Hardware

Port Colborne Lioness

Stokes Seeds

The Azzopardi Family

Mr. Ron Bodner

The community garden is located on Davis St. on land donated by Vale Inco and now boasts 16 plots for community members to learn how to  grow their own food. This teaching garden also offers opportunities for mentoring and socialising and it gives members of our community the skills to start their own gardens and learn how to preserve the food they grow. To learn more about this initiative please contact Sandy at 905-835-1914 ext 29. Port Cares Food Programs 



Current Events for Summer 2013

Water Pistol Bash Friday August 2nd

 6-8pm at HH Knoll Park,Port Colborne

Join host Lisa Green of the Helping Green ElFS to put Port Colborne on the map with an attempt at the Guinness world record for the worlds largest water pistol bash!

Participants are encouraged to donate a non perishable food item to Reach Out Food Centre during the event. For a list of most needed items for the food bank click here. Foodbank . For more information about Helping Green ELFS and to learn more on how to enter or volunteer for this fun call Lisa at 905-834-9354 or Jenn at 289-836-9507 or visit

Event Flyer


For more summer events see our news and events page.

Opera in the Garden Event – July 24th,12:15 – 1pm

Port Cares will be presenting   “Opera in the Garden” staring soprano Jennifer Carter on July 24, 2013 in support of the “With My Own Two Hands Community Garden” project on Davis St. in Port Colborne. This wonderful opportunity is open to all and is a free event. opera

Jennifer Carter is an operatic soprano who has appeared with Opera Kitchener, Opera by Request, Opera ViVaCe, Little Opera Company, and the Colours of Music Festival. Her roles have included Mimi in La Boheme, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Violetta in La Traviata. She also presented a recital on the Brock University Encore! Professionals Concert Series with pianist Erika Reiman. Her education was completed at York University, Toronto (Hons BFA Music) and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (M. Mus). Locally, she teaches voice lessons to singers of all ages from her home studio in Welland, as well as at Strive Studios in Grimsby.

The performance runs from 12:15 to 1 pm on July 24th at the “With My Own Two Hands Community Garden” on Davis Street, across from Vale.  Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and their lunch. Space is limited so come a few minutes early to get a good spot. This is a wonderful opportunity to take in the arts and see the Port Cares Community Garden in bloom.  Everyone is welcome!!  Opera in the Garden

In case of rain the performance will be rescheduled to July 30th. For more information about this event contact Sandy at 905-835-1914 ext. 29. Community Garden Information