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April 2017

We were again pleased to see a decrease in the need for our services. Our April figures (793 meals and 595 soups) were close to 2012 levels instead of the increases we have seen in recent years. We are not sure why, but it could well have something to do with the better living conditions now available in the city, and with better kitchen arrangements in those places. We dipped below 30 dinners just once in April, but were up to above 50 in the last seven days before government cheques arrived. Our 10 o'clock soup continues to be very popular. Our food donations are above last year's level.

We would like to thank all who have contributed. As well as financial contributions, we received generous donations of food, personal items and clothing. These are very well received by those in need.

Thank You...

... David Cameron, well-known Kingston musician, for celebrating your 80th birthday with us, and with  that wonderful choir and orchestra. The audience enjoyed the performance and Lunch By George benefited, receiving donations of about $2000 in lieu of birthday presents for David. Many thanks to all. And if you forgot to leave a donation, or weren't able to be there, you can always send us a donation in the usual manner.

Christmas Dinner

Our Christmas Dinner was as successful as ever. we fed about 130 thanks to many volunteers, especially the Cataraqui-Kingston Rotary Club, and Kingston Firefighters. we also distributed Christmas stockings to our regulars, packed with all the personal goodies which individuals have donated through the year.

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 Report

In 2015 we served 11666 meals and 10191 soups. (Our figures for the previous years were 10982 and 8471 in 2014 and 11448 and 9701 in 2015.) 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. And 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 1990) 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 along with Kingston Firefighters. Thanks to all who donated cash for the dinner or items for the many 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 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 $15,000 of food was donated in 2016 to supplement our $65,000 budget. Because of the generosity of individuals, businesses and institutions over the years we are now in a reasonably healthy financial situation.

 

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.    

        

         


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.