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Christmas Dinner

Our Christmas Dinner this year will be served on Wednesday December 14th. Doors will not open that day until 11.30, but coffee will be available for those who are waiting. There will be a door prize for each person, and there will be food even if you come after 12. Thanks to Windmills Restaurant and to the Cataraqui-Kingston Rotary Club for their help in this special undertaking.

Christmas Closing

Please note that we will be closed from December 21st until January 2nd inclusive. The last day we will be serving in 2016 is Tuesday December 20th. We will then re-open on Tuesday January 3rd.

Volunteers needed!

Lunch By George is looking for volunteers to work one morning a week in the kitchen, preparing and serving our daily meal. The preferred day is Tuesday, but we would like to hear from anybody interested. Contact Coordinator Jenny Hurd at jhurd4444@gmail.com, or just phone (613 548 4617 ext. 30) or visit Jenny between 9 and 10.30 in the Hall kitchen any weekday morning.

2016 continues to be busy

November was the sixth month this year in which we served over 1000 meals, the most since 2012. The busiest days were the 15th and the 24th (the last Thursday). We also served over 800 soups. Our December figures will be lower because it is, for us, a short month, but we expect the number of meals served in 2016 to exceed our previous busiest year, 2012.

 We have continued to receive gifts of food, as well as financial donations. We must receive cash donations before or on 31st December for them to be counted as a 2016 donation. We hope you will give generously and early - or use CanadaHelps.org which will provide you with an immediate tax receipt. To all, from all of our clients, Thank You!

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 on Tuesday evening 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.

Two deaths

We have been saddened by two recent deaths. Archie Weldon was a long time client who always had a smile and a welcoming word, and led many a discussion around a table with others who had dropped in before it was time for us to serve. Mary Lynn Cruickshank was a long time supporter, volunteer and donor to Lunch By George. We will remember both of them in our hearts.

2015 Report

           

          Lunch By George continued to serve coffee, soup and a nutritious meal daily, and to be a much needed morning drop in centre for the underprivileged and less fortunate of our population. All continue to be welcome, regardless of gender, age, or background. No questions are asked. Our numbers fluctuate because of a number of conditions, but we served 11448 meals and 9701 soups. (Our figures for the previous years were 11307 and 8790 in 2013 and 10982 and 8471 in 2014.) 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, often younger, faces. Our band of nearly thirty food preparers continued to give much volunteer time to Lunch By George. Jenny Hurd kept us on course with her always cheerful disposition, and Joan DeGray substituted for her whenever necessary.

 

           There is little doubt about the success of our Vegetable Garden project, which has now gone 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 but we have now signed an agreement with the Lakeshore Community Garden for a 110 by 25 feet plot at Days and Front Roads, land currently rented by the City from the federal government and formerly part of the Collins Bay prison farm. The gardening is under the supervision of volunteer John Poland, assisted by Tanis Fairley, friends, and other LCG plot holders.  Sue Kilpatrick and Margaret Milne assisted in the harvesting of tomatoes and beets many of which were processed in the St George’s kitchen with the help of Bill Lennox and then frozen and stored in a freezer in John’s garage.

 

                Crops were weighed after harvesting. A total of 1900 lbs of produce was harvested. 1500 lbs went to the LBG kitchen and 400 lbs to the Loving Spoonful for distribution to other agencies. During the winter months, we will be ‘reclaiming’ produce from Loving Spoonful.

 

Thanks to all who made the Christmas Dinner such a success. Over 120 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, and all who donated cash for the dinner or items for the door prizes. And our regular volunteers performed stellar service in preparing the food and filling the plates. Later, 70 of our regular clients received a Christmas stocking of personal items. To read the Kingston Whig-Standard story, click here, and you can also read the Kingston Heritage story.

 

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. Over $12,000 of food was donated in 2015! We raised $925 at the end of the year with our raffle.

 

Thank you all for your continued support.

 

          


We have recently been the grateful recipients of some major donations. To all, many thanks for thinking of those most in need.

We gratefully acknowledge a long term commitment from the Davies Charitable Foundation in remembrance of our late founder, John Coleman.