BRIDGE STREET UNITED CHURCH’S

~~ FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAMS~~

“INN FROM THE COLD”

“THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY”

and

“END-OF-THE-MONTH”

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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 meals served/distributed in 2017 = 14,436.

Totals meals served/distributed during 2018 “Inn from the Cold” program = 7,070.

(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, 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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  • “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.

  • “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. – be sure to check schedule, below) ALL YEAR LONG! 

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 mittens, neckwarmers, and hats for local school children and for Inn From the Cold. 

 … during the Summer Months – In July and August, and on the second Wednesday in September, we will again meet at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 99, 132 Pinnacle Street.  (Remember we meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.).  If you enjoy knitting and are looking for a project, but can’t attend our knitting bees, we are in need of some large mittens (with a length of 6 1/2 to 8 1/2″ plus the cuff — in other words, to fit 12 years to adult).  We are also in need of knit hats.  Our first distributions after the summer will be to “Keep Kids Warm” (formerly Adopt-a-Child), and the Hastings-Prince Edward Learning Foundation for school children in our area.  In the fall, it will be time to ramp up for “Inn from the Cold” and its related meal programs.  We are always welcoming new knitters, more yarn, and information about other opportunities for us to share our talents. 

… beginning in the fall join us in our church auditorium on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m.  (During the six week sof “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 E. at 613-968-9382 or by e-mail at eewashkiw@sympatico.ca

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