Bread of Life board member

Bread of Life raising funds to offer seven days of meals

The organization is hoping the community will dig deep in their pockets to help out and count on the holiday season for generous donations.

The Bread of Life is hoping to increase its meal service to extend to seven days per week. Currently offering two meals per day Monday to Friday, board members want to be able to provide those in need or living in poverty the opportunity to have a free meal on the weekends. That, along with regular operational and maintenance, will come with additional costs to the tune of $10,000.

The organization is hoping members of the community will dig deep in their pockets to help out and count on the holiday season for generous donations.

“Everyone still has to eat on the weekends,” said board member, Rosalind Chapman. “A lot of our guests do not have cooking facilities or are isolated and lonely. The Bread of Life is a good community connection.”

Chapman recently returned to Port Alberni and said she has come back to a different place than it was in the 1980s.

As a former employee with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, she said she understands the complications of poverty.

“The rates for Income Assistance and Disability Assistance have not increased in a long time,” she said. “But housing and utilities are going up and it is difficult for anyone to find a place to rent for $375 per month. It is a tough way to live. If places like the Bread of Life didn’t exist, I image the police budget would increase, the hospital use would increase and all of the emergency services would be affected.”

With the donations received, the organization is able to maintain the 26,000 meals served per year, which is equivalent to feeding about 100 people per day, but in order to open two more days, needs to increase the fundraising.

“We have concerns of losing Fairway Market in January,” Chapman said. “They provide us with donations of dairy, produce and meat.”

A new online donation site has been launched to make it easy to donate.

The money generated will also help maintain the infrastructure on the aging building, as well as the cost of staff and operations.

Along with the online option, canadahelps.org, where the Bread of Life can be searched, anyone wishing to donate can also do so in person, by mail, or through any local church.

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

Just Posted

Stolen property recovered at Dry Creek Park

Port Alberni RCMP are looking for owners of the recovered items

Cyclist hits semi and walks away in Port Alberni

Collision occurred at 3rd Avenue and Redford Street

Smoking ban arrives on BC Ferries

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

Alberni’s marine SAR unit relies on volunteers, local donors to stay afloat

Unit’s vessel will need retrofit, boat shed in next few years

Island Health issues boil water advisory for Cherry Creek, near Port Alberni

Island Health has issued a boil water advisory for the entire Cherry… Continue reading

Port Alberni hit with 100mm of rain

Heavy rain and wind leads to minor flooding conditions

Cyclist hits semi and walks away in Port Alberni

Police give bike rider ticket for carelessness

Road conditions wreak havoc for Comox Valley drivers

Icy road conditions early Monday morning kept first responders very busy throughout… Continue reading

Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Movie filmed in Castlegar B.C. opens Friday

Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron will be playing in select cinemas.

Cougar window shops at Banff grocery store

An RCMP officer spots a cougar outside an Alberta grocery store

VIDEO: Massive waves destroy chunks of Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

Some viewpoints will be closed for the foreseeable future because you won’t even know they were there

Tofino and Ucluelet wowed by biggest waves in a decade

“Even in pictures you show the kids and that, unless you’re witnessing it live, it’s like no other.”

Police fear fewer fentanyl imports don’t signal the end of the overdose crisis

RCMP say it’s just as likely that criminal are getting more clever

Most Read