How do you feed 140 men accessing a shelter thirty minutes away in the midst of a global pandemic?
Sandra, the Food Services Co-ordinator, and her kitchen staff, had to ask themselves this tough question. They were accustomed to feeding 45 people at the Emergency Shelter on Charles Street.
But throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the shelter was moved three times. There was a large increase in the number of men accessing the program.
Sandra said: “We were drowning fast here.”
Enter Scott and Matt, the father-son duo. As volunteer delivery drivers, they transport hot and fresh meals to the Shelter program, currently in Guelph.
“They arrive faithfully every Saturday,” says Sandra.
“We show up ready to contribute,” says Scott, a sentiment echoed by his son, Matt. They began volunteering in November, after looking for opportunities to help out in their community in a “hands-on and direct way.” Their help ensures that all the men at the shelter continue to receive delicious and nutritious meals, no matter where they’re staying.
“It’s important to take the time,” says Sandra, “to realize how important volunteers are.”
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