Feeding Windsor

Precious Alasa
By Precious Alasa April 20, 2018 14:04

By Precious Alasa

Members of the community who are struggling with food insecurity due to poverty, are being helped by Feeding Windsor­­ ­­- a programed launched in 2014.

The program, which was originally partnered with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, provides free breakfast, lunch and dinner four days a week to anyone who shows up.

It is currently funded by individuals, businesses and churches in Windsor and has recorded between 2,700 to 3,000 people served each month. Since Jan. 1, 2015, the project has fed more than 55,000 Windsorites.

“We are not funded by the government, we are constantly doing fund raising and constantly looking for sponsors, that’s the big aspect of it,” said Roga Fordham, program coordinator. “We use about 14,000 to 15,000 volunteer hours a year, so we are constantly recruiting and training volunteers.”

According to Fordham, their annual budget is $65,000, which would be higher if they were not using facilities that are already available. He also said that they spend $1,000 a week.

Food products are safely stored in eight deep freezers in their facilities. The program receives donations varying from $20 to $100 but their biggest sponsor has been IDA Pharmacy which donated $15,000 to support the lunch program and food club.

Throne of Grace Church, Ambassador Baptist Church and New Song Church are the locations where the food is served.

Feeding Windsor also trains individuals facing employment issues. Participants are given a permanent, paid job in the food services industry after completing their training with a community service organization.

Pets belonging to community members are not left out as they also provide pet food bank Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for those members who are facing difficulties in feeding their animals.

Although it is a free community service, organization volunteers say they go out of their way to make sure the meal that is being served is healthy and nutritious.

“It’s unfortunate that we have discussions like this because Canada is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. We have the 13th largest economy, these programs are definitely needed to help people and children that are living in poverty. We need to have a systemic change that changes why the 13th largest economy in the world has too many people living in poverty,” said Fordham.

Donations to the organization for pet food are accepted from Tuesday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 999 Drouillard Rd. They also accept monetary donations through PayPal.

Precious Alasa
By Precious Alasa April 20, 2018 14:04

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