Since the onset of COVID, we began providing already prepared meals which we have distributed in addition to any available produce, dairy products, hygiene items and baby supplies for hundreds of friends in our community.  We are supporting those living below the poverty line and struggling with food insecurity, folks who have self-isolated due to illness or underlying health concerns, friends needing extra support as well as those who have tested positive for COVID.  We are blessed that we can provide support to families who have lost a loved one as well as those caring for friends at end of life.  We are preparing meals around the clock in order to keep up with the demand.  In the last week alone our amazing volunteer team has done over 400 meal deliveries and prepared, packaged and distributed over 1300 meal/food bags.

One of our delivery volunteers shared, “My favourite delivery is always to Martha.  She is most gracious and appreciative.  She also expressed her gratitude that we would do this for a Muslim woman.  As I was making today’s delivery a friend of hers asked if I was a relative.  She replied, “No, he is God’s helper. He is doing God’s work.”

In addition to providing meals, we presently have 45 volunteers who are matched with over 230 families and individuals in the community and check in regularly by telephone to provide friendship and support. This past week one of our Community Connections buddies shared that in one of her calls the woman talked about being very anxious and having troubles sleeping because she didn’t know where she was going to get food.  She had a vision telling her “Go to sleep; I’ve got this.”  When the woman woke the next morning, she got the call about the Meal Bag Program from the Friday Night Community.

Lastly I wanted to share this e-mail message that we received from one of the ladies that is accessing the Meal Bag program…

I just want to take a moment to say thank you once again for everything you are all doing. Your kindness and generosity have made an enormous difference to so many people’s lives. On behalf of my family and the families that I deliver to, words cannot express the gratitude we feel for your brave and selfless commitment to helping others in need.

My husband, Andrew, is one of the millions who lost their job due to Covid-19. I suffer with Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia so I can’t work anymore. Even with the Emergency Response Benefit, we are finding it difficult to keep up. Your emergency food program was truly a godsend for my family, and I know the other families that I pick up for have their own reasons to be just as grateful. You truly are doing God’s work! Thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts. 💖 I’ll look forward to seeing everyone next week.

I love how our community has come together to support friends in need of food support, hope and friendship at this time.  Thank you for your partnership and for helping us to care for our community during this difficult time.

With thanks and appreciation, Lisa