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. 


  • “THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY” (TGIF) … Church-prepared/frozen meals are distributed every Friday, March through December, 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 “Inn from the Cold”, described below, but is held March through December on the last Tuesday and Thursday of each month. (APPROX. – be sure to check schedule, below).

    • Doors open/coffee served at 4:30 p.m.
    • Hot meal is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • “INN FROM THE COLD” (IFTC) … operates for 42 nights – mid-January to end-February – and 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

NOTE REGARDING LOCATION OF END-OF-THE-MONTH MEALS DURING THE MONTHS OF AUGUST, SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2019:  We are eagerly anticipating a complete renovation of the Bridge Street United Church kitchen this fall.  Of course, this means that we have to make alternate arrangements for preparing and serving our End-of-the-Month meals during the time that the Bridge St. Church kitchen is non-operational.  St. Thomas Anglican Church (located across the road from Bridge Street Church) has graciously agreed to relocate End-of-the-Month meals to their kitchen and hall while our kitchen is under renovation. We are very grateful for this accommodation, and are delighted that it extends a growing partnership between Bridge St. United Church’s Food Ministry and St. Thomas Anglican Church.  The following End-of-the-Month meals will be hosted at St. Thomas Anglican Church:
August 27 & 29
September 24 & 26
October 22 & 24
Please note that Friday distribution of meals through TGIF will continue to be hosted at Bridge St. Church as usual.
Click here to view the 2019 meal schedule.

Total number of meals served/distributed in 2018 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 14,184.

7,070 meals were served or distributed during the six weeks of our “Inn from the Cold” program.

4,724 meals have been distributed through our weekly “TGIF” frozen meal distribution program.

2,390 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!

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A total of 6,571 meals were prepared and distributed during the six weeks of the 2019 Inn from the Cold program. This is compared to 7,070 during 2018 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:  Bridge St. United Church UCW, CEIU Local 622 (Kingston & District Labour Council), Central Ontario Cheesemaker Association, Christ Church ACW, City of Belleville Grants Committee, Dempsey Orchards, Eastminster United Church Quilters, Fiddlehead Farms, Fosterholm Farms, Gleaners Foodbank, Green Wheel Farm, Hastings & PE Counties Health Unit, Knitters United, Oh Alpacas, Pensioners Concerned, Reid’s Dairy and St. Thomas’ Anglican Church.  A donation received after the “Inn from the Cold” program, which will help to support “Thank God It’s Friday” and “End-of-the-Month” meals was received from Hydro One Networks Inc.


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.  Contact:  613-962-9178, ext. 77.


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

Have you been thinking of joining Knitters United? We welcome newcomers and new knitters from the community to join us, as we knit hats, mitts, and friendships. You don’t even have to own needles!  We have a supply of them, plus yarn, easy patterns and lots of help to get you started.  Come as regularly as you like.  We always meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m.  In addition, during Inn from the Cold, we also knit on Saturdays, also from 3-5 p.m.  We welcome you and your friends to join this community group that knits for the community.  For more information, call Elizabeth, 613-968-9382.


Community Meal Programs (chart)

Community Meal Programs in Belleville (detailed)