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This year Community bread received the net proceeds from the Chef's Dinner. Here is some more information:...

The outreach program called Community Bread ……

it’s inception was 15 years ago this coming March (2018). We have a steering committee consisting of the Team Leaders and several key individuals, led by our chair….. The dedicated volunteers who keep this dinner program running so smoothly come from both St Elizabeth Seton and St John Chrysostom, as does most of the financial support. Other financial support comes from our family of faith organizations such as the K of C and CWL for which we are extremely grateful. Also, individual donations come from in memoriams, special occasion celebrations such as birthdays, our catholic schools who do funding drives and periodic amounts in the Sunday collection. One important donor is Cobs Bread Newmarket where we pick up all the unsold baked goods every Saturday. If we had to buy bread for every meal it would take a big bite out of our budget. What we don’t use is given away at the end of the meal. For the past few years, one parishioner who is connected to a local farm has been involved with a gleaning project whereby a group of girl guides collect produce that would otherwise go to waste. We use some of this produce and distribute the rest to our guests. It is rewarding when we can supply them with produce they are unfamiliar with such as broccoflower, kale …as well as suggest ways to use them.

Our guests are diverse in nature. Not all are the homeless individuals who inhabit our town. They include seniors, families, single men and women. Some are there because one meal they don’t have to buy may make a difference. Others are there to socialize because they are lonely or live in group homes and appreciate the change……it would be like us going out for a meal. Obviously the homeless have no ability to get a home-cooked meal. When we started 15 years ago we were serving about 30 to40 individuals every Monday night. In this past year we have seen regular numbers of between 70 and 80 and on several occasions we have served over 100 guests. In these 15 years our costs have risen from an average of $150 to $225 per meal. Considering the rising food costs, especially the proteins.

I think the program has provided great stewardship of the funds you have entrusted us with. Our mandate is to provide a satisfying, nutritious meal regardless of the calendar date. This winter we will be cooking on both Christmas and New Years days. We have six teams of about 10 to 13 volunteers each so the commitment is reasonable. We start prepping and cooking around 2 to 3 pm and serve dinner at 5:30. By 6:30 most guests have collected the remaining Cobs bread and any meal leftovers. We are usually cleaned up and on our way home by 7 pm. We couldn’t do any of this without your help so I thank you for donating the proceeds of this dinner to our program.