The Bread of life Centre is a place of last resort for Port Alberni residents who need a meal, companionship and support.
Bread of Life is one of four finalists vying for a new $10,000 grant from the Alberni Fundraising Co-op, which runs Pot Luck Ceramics.
Bread of Life provides hot, nutritious breakfast and lunch seven days a week using recovered and donated food. At our centre all are welcome—no hungry person is turned away—all we ask is respect for guests and staff. Guests are safe here and can obtain referral to community services, community health nurses and mental health workers three days a week, and a doctor on Fridays.”
Brad of Life serves the broader community by keeping their guests healthy and by providing a safe environment for those who might otherwise have no place to go. They also mitigate food waste at local food stores with daily food recovery that is used for meals, sharing with other agencies, or by distributing excess fresh produce to our lunchtime guests.
The Bread of Life is served by a few staff members, many community volunteers and a volunteer board of nine directors.
“Our financial support comes entirely from the citizens of Port Alberni. We have no core funding from Government Gaming Grants, recognizing that many of our guests have gambling and other addictions issues.”
If Bread of Life is chosen to receive the $10,000 grant, they would use it to help fund and continue their weekend wellness meals.
Members of the public have until Nov. 10 to make their choices known at the Pot Luck Ceramics cottage. Then the Port Alberni Fundraising Co-op board members will make their final decision. An announcement will be made at a public event on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Pot Luck cottage, 4473 Gertrude St.