BRIDGE STREET UNITED CHURCH’S

~~ FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAMS~~

 

“THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY”

“END-OF-THE-MONTH”

and

“INN FROM THE COLD”

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

RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS NOW

FOR OUR 2019 “INN FROM THE COLD” PROGRAM

(Jan. 18 to February 28)

Click here for job descriptions.

Click here for duties table.

Click here for Volunteer Info. Form. *

*please forward completed form – or same answers – to Steve van de Hoef, Food Ministry Program Manager, at foodmin@bridgestchurch.com

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PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR INFORMATION ABOUT “KNITTERS UNITED”

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Bridge Street United Church has operated food ministry programs since 1990.  Since then, we have filled the tummies and warmed the souls of many by providing free meals and fellowship. 

Total number of meals served/distributed in 2017 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 14,436.

For the first 9 months of 2018, 12,100 meals have been served …

During the six weeks of the 2018 when our “Inn from the Cold” program was held, 7,070 meals were served or distributed.

3,389 meals have been distributed through our weekly “TGIF” frozen meal distribution program.

1,641 meals have been served or distributed through our twice-monthly, “End-of-the-Month” meal program.

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, Food Ministry Program Manager, works 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.  

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  • “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 described below BUT IS HELD ON THE LAST TUESDAY AND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH (APPROX. – be sure to check schedule, below) ALL YEAR LONG! 
    • Doors open/coffee served at 4:30 p.m.
    • Hot meal is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • “INN FROM THE COLD”… 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 guests are unable to come to the church from 5 to 6:30 p.m. when the hot meal is served, frozen meals can be picked up, 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.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the church Office Administrator at info@bridgestchurch.com.

Click here to view the Food Ministry meal schedule.

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THANK YOU!

     A total of 7,070 meals were distributed during the six weeks of the 2018 Inn from the Cold program.  This is compared to 7,015 during 2017 IFTC. 

This was only possible through the generosity of individual and group donations and hundreds of volunteer hours. We thank the over 200 volunteers from Bridge St. Church and the wider community, Volunteer Co-coordinators, Sue Catherwood, Rick Hammond and Ian Sutherland, and the following local businesses and organizations who supported this year’s program: Canadian Tire (Belleville), CEIU Local 622 (Kingston &District Labour Council), Central Ontario Cheesemakers’ Association, Christ Church Seniors (418 Wing Seniors Club), Fiddlehead Farms, Fosterholm Farms, Gleaners Foodbank, Hastings & PE Counties Health Unit, Knitters United, L’Auberge de France, Pensioner’s Concerned, Quin-Mo-Lac Camp, Quinte Arts’ Council – Plein Air Committee, Reid’s Dairy, St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Trenton Cold Storage, Women’s Christian Association.

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Knitters United help to keep our dinner guests (and more) warm …

We welcome knitters and wannabes from the church and the community to join us as we knit …

Do join us, as we create mittens and hats for the community and beyond. We are always looking for more yarn and are ready and willing to receive your and your friends’ surplus stashes of yarn. Our immediate commitment is to Keep Kids Warm (formerly Adopt-Child), which will be collecting our finished products this week. Then, The Learning Foundation and the church’s meal programs will be our recipients. For further info, please contact Elizabeth Ewashkiw: eewashkiw@sympatico.ca or 613-968-9382.

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