Change in the air at Agapè Centre

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.

Join the fun at the Spring Fling March 30, 2019

Join us for our 1st Annual SPRING FLING 50s & 60s DANCE & LIVE AUCTION TO END HUNGER!

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 – 8PM-1AM
at the Agora Catholic Centre (formerly Nativity Hall)

There will be live music by AM/FM Band, a live auction by Peter Ross, a $500 cash draw, door prizes, spot dances, and a midnight lunch.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at our New For You Thrift Store, The Pop Shoppe or by calling 613-938-9297, ext. 25

You won’t want to miss this great event!

All proceeds to support the Agapè Centre

Agapè’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Bake Sale !

Wednesday February 13 Only! Until Supplies Last!!

1st Annual Golf Tournament Was A Success!!

On September 21, 2018, the Agapè Centre’s Board of Directors hosted their first Golfing To End Hunger Tournament at Summerheights. Despite the strong winds and the morning downpour, we had a beautiful day of golf and an even better evening with food, laughs, and a successful silent auction !

Thank you to our golfers, Hole Sponsors, Tee Off Sponsors, silent auction sponsors and of course our wonderful volunteers for contributing to our success!!

Empty Bowls 2018

Tickets on Sale Now! Only $30

This year’s event for Empty Bowls will be held at Paroisse Ste-Thérèse Parish On November 18, 2018.

Join us as we serve up some delicious soups in our local one-of-a-kind pottery bowls. Try as many soups as you can handle and you get to keep the bowl!

Another great way to support our local potters who donated their art for our cause against hunger! Together we can end hunger, one bowl at a time!

Thank you Ann Marlin and all pottery artists for your support!

Remember to bring some cash to the event. We will have some great prizes to be won as well as our Holiday Gift Card Treasure Trove raffle tickets will be available.

Our 1st Annual Golf Tournament is happening soon!!!

Another Successful Murder Mystery!!

On June 6, 2018 we hosted our 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Dinner. What a success!!

Major Sponsors

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

BECOME A HUNGER HERO!

You don’t need superpowers to be a superhero.

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.

Low cost:

  • 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.

Empty Bowls 2017

Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 12, 2017 at the Knights of Columbus!

And congratulations to our silent auction winners!!

All bowls were generously donated by 25 potters from the Country Harvest Pottery Show and Sale presented by Ann Marlin.

You can be our next Hunger Hero!

Do you want to be our next Hunger Hero? It’s easy…Gather your team of 4-6 people and sponsor a meal for $200. Your team will have the opportunity to prep and serve a delicious meal to the many individuals who are in need. Don’t have time to gather a team and come in to prep and serve? No problem, you can also be a Hunger Hero by simply sponsoring $200 for a meal. Contact us at 613-938-9297 ext. 25 or 27 or at info@agapecentre.ca for more information.