Food & Shelter Outreach
North Shore & Sunshine Coast
St. Agnes Anglican Church, North Vancouver
St. Agnes, located in a residential neighbourhood just off Grand Boulevard, features a variety of Food Outreach Initiatives which include Weekly Community Meals (partnered with St. Andrew United), Sandwiches for Lookout Shelter.
Weekly Community Meal
A sit-down, soup and sandwich meal is served every Thursday from 12noon till 1pm at St. Andrew United Church. Up to 15 volunteers serve homemade soup and sandwiches prepared from bread donated by Cobs Bread, Park Royal. This year-round meal is guided by Sharing Abundance with Director Rev. Lizz Lindsay.
Sandwiches for Lookout Shelter
Two Monday evenings per month at 7 pm, meet to prepare fillings and make sandwiches for Lookout Shelter. Occasionally help is needed. Contact Marion Edwards by phone at 604.987.0432.
St. Catherine’s Church, North Vancouver
St. Catherine’s is located in Edgemont Village an affluent North Vancouver neighbourhood and features a couple of on-going projects which includes Cookies for Lookout Homeless Shelter and an On-going collection for NS Harvest Project Food Bank. An annual Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner is prepared as part of the parish's community service, it is served in the parish hall and involves a number of community groups and also user groups that call St. Catherine's home. The meal on average is served to approximately 200 people in the community who are needy and/or lonely.
St. Clement's Anglican Church, North Vancouver
St Clement's in the North Shore's Lynn Valley neighbourhood features diverse Food Outreach Initiatives such as the Bread and Sandwich Ministry, Soup to Share, and St. Clement’s Support of North Shore Harvest Food Bank.
Bread and Sandwich Ministry
In partnership with Cobs Bakery (Cobs Bakery, Park Royal provides all the bread for St. Clement’s Food Outreach), bread is distributed to supplement lunches for needy children, supply a Breakfast Ministry at a Downtown Eastside church, a Refugee House in Burnaby, the North Shore Youth Safe House, monthly soup lunches at St. Clement’s and the Sharing Abundance community meal also on the North Shore.
Soup to Share
Monthly Soup and Sandwich lunch served at St. Clement. The soup is donated by parishioners and financial donations towards lunch are directed toward outreach ministries. 25-30 served. Soup to Share is on hiatus for the summer. This ministry is coordinated by Wilna Parry .
North Shore Harvest Food Bank
Regular donations are made by the parish to this food bank, supplemented in summer time by fresh vegetables grown by St. Clement’s Church School. Parish support of North Shore Harvest is year round.
These ministries do not receive any outside funding and are all supported by the parish. Cobs Bread is at the moment the one community partner.
St. Christopher's Anglican Church, West Vancouver
St. Christopher in West Vancouver offers a year-round Food Bank service. Food is available at the church for pick-up if needed. Parishioners also donated food on a year-round basis for North Shore Harvest Food Bank.
St. Bartholomew's Church, Gibsons, Sunshine Coast
Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church’s motto is “Connecting with our Community.” We have a number of Hospitality outreach programs:
- With funding from the Gibsons Rotary Club, St. Bart’s shares in the Gibsons Community School Lunch Program (delivering platters of sandwiches and veggies on Thursdays).
- With support from the community, St. Bart's offers a Food Bank on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1-3pm. Clients are asked to present valid BC health cards and the health cards of any dependents that will also require food.
- For those in emergency need beyond Food Bank days, grocery store vouchers are available. Again, a valid BC Care Card is required. Vouchers are provided by grocery stores in exchange for till tapes gathered up by parishioners, and are also paid for by point-of-sale donation tins.
- With funding from the parish, St. Bart’s has operated a monthly Messy Church outreach with crafts and a meal for families on the third Saturday of each month (excluding July through September). This program is currently under review.