‘New normal’: How COVID-19 has forever changed Burlington charities
Groups come together to tackle food insecurity
In this time of fear and uncertainty, we believe that compassion is as important as ever. As a community we are choosing to share what we have with those around us who may be scared, hungry and alone.
Friday Night Community has changed to a Take Home Meal Bag program where bags of already prepared meals as well as any available produce, breads, hygiene and baby items can be picked up on Mondays and Fridays from 12-4:00 pm. Delivery is available on an ‘as needed’ basis. We are partnering with our community friends and organizations to find the food and resources to provide food support to over 1000 folks in our community each week. We have a small group of volunteers who come together to cook and package the food while following strict safety guidelines, as well as a team delivering meal bags to those who are unable to access from our pick up location.
We have created a ‘Community Connections’ telephone buddy group where kind and caring volunteers are reaching out to regularly check in with hundreds of friends in our community in order to support them and determine if there are any imminent needs. This is such a crucial part of our ministry as we want to support and ensure that our friends do not feel alone during this time.
How can you help?
Firstly spread the word that we are in need of perishable and non-perishable food, hygiene items, baby needs, and new deli, foil and black take out containers. We are always looking for those with connections in the food industry who might be able to help. We can also use medical and prepared masks for our volunteers to use and to hand out to friends in the community. For more specific needs please see the list of donations below. Donations can be dropped off at the church Monday to Friday from 9am-4:00pm.
If you would like more information about out volunteer opportunities preparing and packaging up food and bags onsite, delivering meal bags or reaching out to provide buddy telephone support…
e-mail Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 905 634-1849.
Below there are ways to contribute financially to this important community outreach.
“If you have what others need, please give generously.”
If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact Lisa Lunski at email@example.com
If you would like to make a financial donation to support the Meal Bags please go to…
E-Transfer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the details section, please include your name, address, telephone number and brief description of where your offering is to be directed; i.e. Friday Night Meal Bag program. If you do not specify a direction for your offering, it will be allocated to the Church’s General Fund. If you have any questions, please call the office. 905-634-1849
or you can use Canada Helps https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/wellington-square-united-church/ Select Friday Night Community from the dropdown box provided. Donations will default to the “Outreach and Expenses” for the church which supports the general running of the church otherwise. Please note that 4% of your donation goes to Canada Helps as an Admin Fee.