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The Backpack Campaign

    An Initiative of the Social Issues Networking Group (S.I.N.G.)

 

            Sponsored by Outreach St. George’s Kingston, P.O. Box 475, Kingston K7L 4W5

Thank you to all who contributed to the Backpack Campaign. It takes a lot of effort and support, but SING was able to provide the necessary school supplies to all who came.It was a wonderful day, which could not have happened without you.

         

NOTE: The Social Issues Networking Group (S.I,N.G.) are all volunteers and we are working together with Outreach St. George’s Kingston, O.S.G.K.) who will issue receipts for income tax purposes for any donation over $20. The Kawartha Credit Union is also a partner in our fundraising campaign, along with the Sisters of Providence.

 

Christmas Dinner

Our Christmas Dinner this year will be on Wednesday December 12th: doors open at 11.30, meal served at 12.We expect that, as in past years, you will all receive a door prize, just like you have in the past. Please pass the word, that all are welcome.

2017 Report

In 2017 we served 10323 meals and 8658 soups, about a 10% decrease in meals, and a 15% decrease in soups. These changes are because of an increased number of places offering food, and probably because of improved housing available for the marginalized: they are now more likely to stay at home and cook. We still serve about 300 different individuals each year, but their faces are changing. Those who circumstances have changed, or have moved or died, are replaced by new, younger, faces. Many are employed, but their income is still not sufficient for them to afford accommodation, clothing and food. We are serving more females. 

 

Our Vegetable Garden project continues to go far beyond what we had expected. We have always tried to provide fresh vegetables at each meal, but cost and sometimes supply was a problem. Under the very capable hands of John Poland and friends, we have fresh vegetables all through the summer, and freeze what we cannot use then for use through the winter. We work in cooperation with Loving Spoonful in this project. 

 

The food is prepared by Coordinator Jenny Hurd (who has worked in the program since 1987, and celebrated her 30th year with us in 2017!) and her group of thirty volunteers. Three or four people cook and clear up each day, and they come from all over Kingston.  The volunteers feel a calling to work with and for the disadvantaged, the alienated, the marginalized, and those who are just hungry.

 

Thanks to all who made the Christmas Dinner so Successful. Over 130 clients were present, and all received a Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert. They each also received a door prize.  We want to thank Windmills Restaurant for their help in cooking and preparing the turkeys, the Cataraqui-Kingston Rotary Club for setting up the tables so beautifully, and for being the servers. Thanks to all who donated cash for the dinner and items for the many door prizes. Our regular volunteers performed stellar service in preparing the food and filling the plates. Later, 70 of our regular clients received a gift bag and a Christmas stocking of personal items.

 

We continued to receive grants from institutions, donations from many individuals, and gifts in kind from various sources, for all of which we are most grateful. About $22,000 of food was donated in 2017 to supplement our $65,000 budget – an amazing increase of 33% over 2016. Because of the generosity of individuals, businesses and institutions over the years we are now in a reasonably healthy financial situation, and can continue to serve those in need.

            We have lost a couple of Board Members this past year, and are looking for volunteers to replace them. Please let us know if you are interested.

Discussion on Homelessness and Poverty

The video of the discussion is now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv1rn1viB_Q

About 160 people crowded into St. George's Hall  to listen to Hugh Segal and Michael Oulton give their ideas on how to eliminate poverty and homelessness. The discussion was moderated by Eric Friesen. Their message was clear: Poverty can be eliminated, and the result will be better for individuals and for society as a whole. Thanks are due to them for the time they offered out of their busy lives, to the community groups who displayed their work, to all who listened so attentively to the discussion, and to all who donated, both food and $671.