In 2002, the minister of the United Church heard there was nowhere for the hungry of CR to go for a meal on the weekends. After making some inquiries, a small army of volunteers from the United & Anglican Churches, set up with tents & camp-stoves in the parking lot of the old Overwaitea Grocery Store (now Home Hardware). It was often a cold, windy & frequently wet experience, but eventually the Soup Kitchen was given some space in the Salvation Army Lighthouse Centre on Cedar Street.
From there, in 2010, the Soup Kitchen began renting space in the small Radiant Life Church on Cypress Street, where it was open for a hearty Saturday noon meal, at times feeding up to 80+ people, until the Spring of 2020 when the building was shut down.
As they say, “What goes around, comes around”, so we are once again outside serving the hungry of CR.
We have a dedicated group of volunteers, church & non-churchgoers, who are regularly preparing & serving a bagged cold lunch (because of Covid-19) to approximately 50 clients, downtown each Saturday from 11:30 – 12:30. We remain hopeful that an inside location will be found for us to use, before too long, so we can go back to cooking & serving hot meals & there is a place inside for people to sit & eat.
The Saturday Soup Kitchen Program has been primarily funded by recycled bottles which are donated to us right at the church or taken directly to the Recycle Depot Island Return It, 1580-F, Willow Street (16th Ave.). **Be sure to tell the people who work there who your bottles are for. Monetary donations are also very much appreciated & we welcome new volunteers both to make the lunches, or serve, or both.
If you are interested in helping, please contact any one of the Executive listed below:
Cathy Smith – Chairperson 250-914-0850 Carol Bye – Treasurer 778-420-1570
Sharon Paish – Coordinator 250-203-0935 Agnes Chapman - 250-926-0027