BRIDGE STREET UNITED CHURCH’S

~~ FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAMS~~

Bridge Street United Church has operated food ministry programs since 1990. 

“THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY”

“END-OF-THE-MONTH” 

“INN FROM THE COLD” 

New Lunch Program Meets Community Needs in Belleville

To respond to need during COVID-19, a free, take-away, soup & sandwich lunch is being provided daily from 11:30 am – 1 pm, 7 days/week, at Bridge Street United Church – see tent on our Church Street driveway.  This lunch is provided by the Enrichment Centre for Mental Health, the Community Development Council of Quinte and Bridge St. United Church. This program will be re- evaluated as social distancing measures are relaxed.

Click here for a poster for this COVID19 Lunch Program

Frozen meals continue to be distributed through the regular TGIF program, every Friday afternoon, 2-4 p.m. from our 60 Bridge Street East entrance. 

End-of-the-Month meals have been suspended during this COVID-19 period.

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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. 

How to donate to the ministry & mission of Bridge St. United Church …

  • INTERAC e-Transfer  BSUC is now INTERAC e-Transfer compatible!  Simply add admin@bridgestchurch.com to your INTERAC e-Transfer contact list and your donation will be automatically deposited into the church’s operating bank account (no security questions/answers to worry about).  If you’re already registered in the church office to receive charitable donation tax receipts, your INTERAC e-Transfer donations will be recorded and receipted at the end of the year.  If you’re not yet registered with the church office, please send a separate e-mail to admin@bridgestchurch.com and provide us with your mailing or e-mail address. 
  • Cheque – Please mail to 60 Bridge St. E., Belleville, ON, K8N 1L7.
  • PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance, monthly, administered by the United Church of Canada) Please contact the church office @ admin@bridgestchurch.com to arrange for this method of contributing.
  • Credit Card – Click the “Donate Now” button, below, to contribute through “CanadaHelps”.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

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MEAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS:

  • “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 currently suspended due to COVID-19.  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) … Nutritious, hot meals served for 42 nights – every night from January 18 through to February 28 at Bridge Street United Church, 60 Bridge Street East entrance, Belleville.  Doors open/coffee & tea available at 4 p.m., soup is served at 4:30 p.m., and the hot meal is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Intended to provide nutritious meals during the coldest time of the year when heating & electrical costs eat away at funds that would otherwise be used for groceries… and provide an opportunity for social interaction during this six-week period.  There is no cost for these meals, and no registration is required.  (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 the Inn from the Cold program, registration is required on first visit by showing ID for the number of meals being picked up).

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Total number of meals served/distributed in 2019 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 13,236.

6,571 meals were served or distributed during the six weeks of our “Inn from the Cold” program.

4,125 meals have been distributed through our weekly “TGIF” frozen meal distribution program.

2,540 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!

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THANK YOU!

A total of 6,688 meals were prepared and distributed during the six weeks of the 2020 Inn from the Cold program. This is compared to 6,571 during 2019 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 many local businesses and organizations who supported this year’s program.

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Steve van de Hoef, Community Engagement Programs 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.

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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.

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Community Meal Programs (chart)

Community Meal Programs (detailed)