BRIDGE STREET UNITED CHURCH’S

~~ FOOD MINISTRY ~~

“THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY”

“END-OF-THE-MONTH”

and

“INN FROM THE COLD”

Bridge Street United Church has operated food ministry programs since 1997.  Since then, we have filled the tummies and warmed the souls of many by providing free meals and fellowship. 

(Use our 60 Bridge St. E. entrance to access these meal programs).

Our Food Ministry programs depend on donated or discounted food, monetary donations and donations of thousands of volunteer hours, for which we are sincerely grateful.  If you would like to make a monetary donation to our Food Ministry programs, simply click the “Donate Now” icon (below) to make a donation through “CanadaHelps” OR you can forward a cheque payable to “Bridge St. United Church” (note “Food Ministry” on the “memo” line) to 60 Bridge St. E., Belleville, ON, K8N 1L7. Thank you!

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Steve van de Hoef has been hired as Staff Coordinator, BSUC Food Ministries, working alongside Sue, Rick and Ian, Volunteer Co-coordinators. Steve’s duties include coordinating End-of-the-Month meals, working toward greater cooperation with other agencies providing food-related programs in Belleville, and obtaining and analyzing data to gain a better understanding of food insecurity in Belleville and the surrounding area and to support community and policy efforts to address it.  These duties extend the work of the Food Ministry beyond serving meals.  We trust that this additional effort will enable the Food Ministry to better accomplish our aim of creating a community which is food secure.  

Quarterly reports from the Bridge St. Church Food Ministry program provides updates on our meal programs and keeps you abreast of Food Ministry partnerships and related happenings in our community.  Click here to read our first issue!

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Click Here for a 2017 Meal Dates Schedule

  • “THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY” (TGIF) …

      CHURCH-PREPARED/FROZEN MEALS ARE DISTRIBUTED every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Register on your first visit by showing I.D. for the number of meals you are picking up.

  • “END-OF-THE-MONTH ” (EOTM) …
    THIS PROGRAM IS SIMILAR TO OUR “Inn from the Cold” HOT MEALS AND IS HELD ON THE LAST TUESDAY AND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH (APPROX.) ALL YEAR LONG!  See schedule, above, for EOTM dates for the remainder of 2017.

      Our next End-of-the-Month meals will be served on Thurs., May 25 & Tues., May 30.

      Each meal offers a hot main course, salad, and dessert.

      Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with coffee, tea & water available.
      At 5 p.m., main course & salad will be served.
      At 5:30, dessert will be served.
      Seconds are served at 6 p.m.

      If unable to attend during these hours, frozen meals will be distributed on these same two dates between 2 & 4 p.m.

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  • “INN FROM THE COLD” (IFTC)

      OUR WINTER FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAM

      For 42 nights during the coldest time of the year (mid-January to end of February), the “Inn from the Cold” food ministry serves nutritious, hot meals to anyone       wishing a meal and/or fellowship.  INN FROM THE COLD (IFTC) is intended to provide assistance during the coldest time of the year when heating & electrical costs       eat away at funds that would otherwise be used for groceries.  There is no cost for these meals, and no registration is required.  Doors open at 4 p.m.  Hot soup and       coffee is served @ 4:30.  Dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  During this six-week period, if unable to come to the church for the hot meal from 5 to 6:30       p.m., guests can pick up frozen meals, daily, between 2 and 4 pm.  For this component of our winter meal program, registration is required on first visit by showing       ID for the number of meals being picked up.

2017 – A total of 7,015 meals were distributed during the six weeks of Inn from the Cold.  This is compared to 5,406 during 2016 IFTC – a 16% increase. 

We thank the over 180 volunteers from Bridge St. Church and the wider community, Volunteer Co-coordinators, Sue Catherwood, Rick Hammond and Ian Sutherland, and Steve van de Hoef, Staff Food Ministry Coordinator, and the following local businesses and organizations who supported this year’s program:  100 Women Who Care Quinte, Burke Funeral Home, Canadian Auto Workers’ Assoc. #1839, Canadian Tire (Belleville), Central Ontario Cheesemakers’ Assoc., Christ Church Anglican Fundraising Comm., Fosterholm Farms, Gleaners Food Bank, Hastings & P.E. Health Unit, Knitters United, L’Auberge de France, Pensioners Concerned, Peat’s Point Residents’ Assoc., Reid’s Dairy, Rotary Club of Belleville, St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Terrafix Geosynthetics, Women’s Christian Association!

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2016 – to the end of September, we have served or distributed 10,000 meals; which was the total number of meals in 2015 and with three months remaining to the end of the year.

2016 – 5,400 were served during the 42 nights of “Inn from the Cold” (mid-January to end-February). 

2015 – 4,289 meals were distributed through TGIF (January through to December).

This was possible through the generosity of individual and group donations.

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Knitters United help to keep our dinner guests warm …

  • Knitters United –We welcome knitters and wannabes from the church and the community to join us as we knit mittens, neckwarmers, and hats for local school children and for Inn From the Cold.  Please join us in our church auditorium on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m.  (During “Inn from the Cold”, we also gather on Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m.).  Those who wish to knit at home are also welcome to drop off finished products at the church office.   Contact Elizabeth Ewashkiw at 613-968-9382 or by e-mail at eewashkiw@sympatico.ca

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