A wave of change is in the air. On Tuesday February 12, 2019 the Ontario Association of Food Banks (O.A.F.B.) became FEED ONTARIO. Feed Ontario states that over the last 35 years, food banks have evolved from traditional food cupboards into multi-service agencies for community building and change. This exciting change has prompted the Agapè Centre to look internally at how we could better serve our community and be a sustainable organization.
In the last year, seven (7) new Board Directors have been added for a total of twelve (12) strong and capable individuals with a heart and passion for the Agapè Centre. One of the objectives of the Board is for the Agapè Centre to continue to serve our community by ensuring all have access to healthy food. Remaining transparent and accountable for all change within the Agapè Centre is imperative for the Board of Directors.
Since 1971, the Agapè Centre has evolved as an organization by including a Soup Kitchen and developing its own social enterprise – New for You Thrift Store. The Agapè Centre was established out of meeting a need in the community of Cornwall and stands on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights statement that ‘the right to food is a human right.’ In the last year, regulations for delivering some services have changed. The process has been streamlined, easing access to those in need of food bank services.
“What was once a lengthy intake has now been simplified to assure greater privacy, dignity and efficiency. We are pleased with how this will positively impact individuals seeking Agapè Centre services,” says Johanne Couture, Executive Director. “Ever cognizant that we rely on the generosity of the community, this also allows us to operate more sustainably and to ensure our continued viability.”
Even for the Agapè Centre, transformation is necessary to ensure individuals are served with the most respect and dignity while maintaining a high standard of efficiency, as we continue to evolve.
For more information on the services offered by the Agapè Centre, visit our website.
Every day the Agapè Centre serves a hot lunch to 100 or more hungry people in our community. For some, it’s their only hot meal of the day.
You can be a Hunger Hero by sponsoring that one meal.
Are your spidey senses tingling?
Assemble your team (capes optional). You can also choose to volunteer for the day in the community kitchen, helping to prepare and serve your sponsored meal.
This opportunity is a minimal time commitment and low cost, with big benefits for you and your business.
Minimal time commitment:
One weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (if you choose to help prepare and serve). If you want to sponsor without volunteering, than all it will take is the time it takes to write a cheque, or call us with details.
It will only cost your group $200 to fund a lunch that will feed 100-140 people. The Agapè Centre’s cook will plan the meal, and everything your team needs will be purchased for you.
Shazam! Benefits for your business:
You will be thanked on our Facebook page on the day that you sponsor (with a picture of your group);
You will be featured on our website as a Hunger Hero during the month your group sponsors the meal;
A “Thank you to our Hunger Hero…” poster with details about your business will be posted for the week on the bulletin board in the reception area as well as in our volunteer and staff break room;
A thank you poster will be posted in the dining room on the day your group sponsors the meal;
Your colleagues will not soon forget this enriching, empowering, and fun team-building activity;
You will feel like a superhero. You will see the tangible results of your day, feeding more than 100 people who otherwise may have gone without.
This exclusive opportunity which can have a direct impact on people in need in our community is limited to 4 Hunger Hero groups per month – only one each week.
To read more about what you can expect, take a look a the Kitchen Process document.
We are available to answer any of your questions or concerns, and would be happy to meet with you.