Punjabi Cultural Event Sept 29, 2018!
It was a success! Many thanks to the Guru Nanak Society of Port Alberni for making this event happen. Read the Alberni Valley News Article
The Weekend Wellness Project
Have you ever gone the whole weekend without a proper meal? How about almost every weekend? It happens and we want that to change for our guests.
Our Weekend Wellness Meals have been a success The number of people using our services on the weekend and their feedback has shown us there is a great need for our meal services on Saturdays and Sundays.
A survey about 4 months into the restart of weekend meals found that most surveyed had, and would do without real meals on the weekends if The Bread of Life were not open. Many would stay at home or on the street - alone and hungry.
Thanks to Vancouver Island Health Authority and Alberni Valley United Church for grants that funded the first phase of this project, we are now open 7 days a week (excluding stats) for breakfast and lunch.
Our guests not only receive nutritious meals, they enjoy the company of other community members in a safe and cooperative environment. Social interactions and a sense of community are great for the soul!
We are proud of the work we have put into expanding our services and the success it has been...and SO grateful for the support of those who volunteer and our staff that work so hard to provide nutritious meals. Rod, our kitchen supervisor/Chef Extraordinaire works hard (and kind of magically) during the week, not only cooking all weekday meals, but organizing food, meals, staff and menus to ensure a smooth service of meals for our weekend staff, volunteers and guests.
It is our hope that we can sustain the weekend meals and we can only do that with more fundraising, continuous and increased donor support and increased volunteer numbers. If you think you can help in any of these areas, please contact us at the office. If you are unavailable to donate, or volunteer, please consider supporting us by encouraging others to donate or volunteer. If you want to learn more, please call or stop by the office Monday - Friday 9-3. If you have a group that would like to learn more via presentation, that can be arranged as well. There are so many ways to support the society and we are grateful for all and any of the help that we receive.
The Bread of Life Wish List
Thank You! to all our donors for your generosity at Christmas time. The funds we collected during the season will tide us over the lean times in the late winter and early spring - before our major fund-raising events can begin.
In 2018 we have two major initiatives with which we seek your help.
Tax Receipts are issued online when you donate at canadahelps.org and in person or by mail at our office at 3130 3rd Ave Port Alberni.
September 15, 2018 - Port Alberni Toy Run 2018!! The Bread of Life will be hosting the Chili and Hot Dog Station for the Toy Run again. Swing by and say hi or sign up to help serve the hungry Toy Run participants with us! Shift are 1130-130 and 130-330 at Glenwood Centre.
September 22, 2018 - The LDS Thanksgiving Food Drive. Every year the LDS Church organizes a food drive around Port Alberni that benefits the Salvation Army and The Bread of Life. This year bags of donations are being picked up by church volunteers on Sept 22nd. Keep an eye out for empty bags being dropped off at your door on the days before, and remember to leave them out for pick up on the 22nd. This is a fantastic food drive that benefits many people in the community by stocking up the SA Food Bank and the Bread of Life pantry so we can continue to serve hot nutritious breakfast and lunches! Much thanks to the LDS congregation helping make this happen!
Our Wish List for 2018
Office ergonomic Chair - $200
Bulletin Board - $28
White Board - $30
Letter Size Envelopes - $2
Food Processor Heavy Duty - $300
100 cup coffee pot - $175
100 small cereal or soup bowls - $150
Gift cards for Dollarama, Wal-Mart - $10 up
Turkey vouchers - $20-25
Basic Spices in large containers - $20
3 x 5 Kitchen Anti-Fatigue Mat - $111
XL Garbage Bags (100) $20
Food items we always need:
Oatmeal, White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Eggs, Ground Meats, Cold Cereal, Mayonnaise,Coffee, Tea
Pastas, Rices, Fresh Produce, Cream
Salary and Benefits for one staff member for one year - $20,000
Provide for one weekend meals service - $250
Provide for one month of weekend meals service - $1000
Kleenex Boxes (12 pk) - $12
Paper napkins (12 pk) - $12
Stir Sticks (12 pk) - $7
Small Toiletries (8 items) - $11.20