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Around the Table

Welcome to Agapè’s newest program “Around the Table: Healthy eating on a budget”. This program is designed to get the entire family planning and cooking together, while focusing on creating healthy meals at a low cost. Some of the areas in which we will touch upon are: Basic foods on the shelf, budget friendly items in each food group, how to read a recipe, planning with the family, healthy tips to eliminate sugar/salt from your diet, how to talk to children about healthy eating, how to save money on your groceries, and finish with a grocery store tour and challenge.  Again this program is FREE of charge for the entire family and they too will also go home with a starter kit at the end of the 5 weeks.


Amateur Boxing Fundraiser

Chris Nilan, one of hockey’s most feared enforcers to speak at Agapè’s Amateur Boxing Fundraiser.

JUNE 14th at NAV Centre

Chris Nilan, who grew up in the tough and gritty Irish enclave in Boston, was a feared enforcer for the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, and a Stanley Cup champion never afraid to go into the corners or take off his gloves. This legend will be the special guest this year at  Agapè’s Charity Boxing Event June 14th.

This hard hitting fundraiser held at the NAV Centre will benefit the Agapè Centre to help knock out the effects of hunger for the families and children of Cornwall. An interesting twist, Quebec boxers will be duking it out against Ontario boxers in the ring on Saturday, June 14th.

Cornwall’s own Tony Luis, Quebec Boxing Council Lightweight Champion will provide commentary during this high energy charity event and Councillor Dave Murphy will lend his voice as emcee.

For more information on the event benefitting families in Cornwall or tickets, please call Alyssa Blais at the Agapè Centre at 613.361.0332.

Tickets are available at SCOTIABANK, Brookdale Cornwall for $200.00 a piece and includes a full-course dinner, 6 rounds of amateur boxing, drinks and entertainment.


Two new job postings at the Agapè Centre

The Agapè Centre is a community-minded non-profit organization dedicated to feeding and clothing people in need. We are looking for two people who are committed to our values and thrives on a changing environment.

The position description of Reception can be found HERE

The position description of Student IT Technician can be found HERE

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Johanne Gauthier, Operations Manager at the Agapè Centre by email ONLY.  The e-mail address is:  

Agapè Centre receives $6,540 from the Feeding Families Fund

Agapè Centre is the recipient of a Feeding Families Fund grant to develop a new program that connects families and children with creating healthy meals at a low cost. Thanks to McCain Foods Canada, Nestlé Canada and Food Banks Canada for supporting a series that will engage families to cook more meals together from “scratch”. Each session will be free of charge and offer participants foods to take home, as well as provide an easy to use tool-kit for future use.

“I am very excited to start this program at the Agapè Centre. We see so many families come through our doors and are now able to offer them a series of workshops that will increase their knowledge of healthy nutrition supports our mission,” stated Alyssa Blais, Executive Director of the Agapè Centre. Over the years, the Agapè Centre has experienced an increased demand for services and wants to make certain that no one goes hungry in the community. “Thanks to grants such as this one from Food Banks Canada, we will be able to offer more support to our local families in need,” said Alyssa. “We are thankful to McCain Foods Canada and Nestlé Canada for their generous financial support.”

*New* Job Opening at the Agapè Centre – Operations Manager

The Agapè Centre is a community-minded non-profit organization dedicated to feeding and clothing people in need. We are looking for a person who is committed to our values and thrives on a changing environment.The Operations Manager works collaboratively with the Executive Director, Agapè staff, Board members, volunteers and community partners. The position description of Operations Manager can be found HERE

If you would like to be considered for the following position of Operations Manager, please submit the following documents:

1) CV
2) cover letter explaining how you meet each of the qualifications
3) a 3-4 paragraph statement explaining your understanding of hunger as it relates to this community.

To: Alyssa Blais, Executive Director
40 Fifth Street West, Cornwall, ON K6J 2T4
FAX: 613.933.4971
or email to:
Applicants should quote Job#:OperationsManager2014
DEADLINE for applications:  Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

The Agapè Centre receives a grant to support “Kids’ Health Zone”

Cornwall, Ontario – The Agapè Centre is once again a recipient of the Rural Kids Grant program, an initiative of the Grocery Foundation and the Ontario Association of Food Banks to increase the amount of fresh, healthy food to children in our community.

At the Agapè Centre, we want to provide a better life for our children. With this grant, we will be able to continue our program “Kids’ Health Zone” which will increase access to nutritious foods. Our clients’ children currently have the opportunity to drop in after school where they can pick up a fruit, a vegetable and a dairy product as their afterschool snack. The program has been provided free of charge to our food bank “family” clients and will continue to do so.

Currently, at the Agapè Center, we provide families with a food basket that contains approximately the volume of 3 to 5 days of groceries, once a month. Except during the summer months where we can incorporate a few vegetables if our food garden permits, we only provide non-perishable food items except for eggs and bread. “I was so excited to receive the grant to continue with our program. We really want to provide our clients with better food choices, especially kids. This is a great start” says Alyssa, executive director of the Agapè Centre. “Children need a minimum of 5 fruits and vegetables every day. We want to help them met these goals!”.

Help a Family in Need, Purchase a Christmas Basket

It’s a simple goal. To ensure that no child goes without a toy at Christmas and that no family goes without Christmas Dinner. Operating in our community for more than 40 years, the Agapè Centre participates in the Christmas Basket program where food hampers and hundreds of toys are given to families and children within our community.

To prepare those baskets, we need your help.

For just $187, a family can get a special Christmas this year. Included in the Christmas basket is turkey with all the trimmings, fresh carrots, apples, potatoes and other items; one new toy for each child and hot chocolate and cookies for Santa.

Plus continue to help those distressed, troubled families who get the food and support they need to hope again… thanks to you and other supporters of the Agapè Centre and its mission.


Ontario Hockey Academy supporting the Agapè Centre on Halloween

Don’t be surprised if hockey players come knocking on your door asking for non perishable food items! The students from the Ontario Hockey Academy will be collecting food for the Centre! We are very thankful for their support and can’t wait to see how much food they bring in. We encourage people to donate healthy cereals, low sodium canned soup and 100% fruit juice boxes. Happy Halloween!

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

On October 17th, the 2013 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be observed around the world. Poverty is a multi-dimensional social problem that often includes issues concerning income, cost-of-living, health and social cohesion. Not having enough to eat or money to pay the rent touches many people in the Cornwall community and no one is immune to its consequences.

“The biggest affect that poverty has on individuals is being excluded from community life”, says Alyssa Blais, Executive Director of the Agapè Centre.  “On this International Day, we must break the silence of poverty through our actions,” she adds.

Alyssa Blais is inviting people to take one action against poverty and share their story and inspire others on this day. Take a photo of yourself in action and upload it on Facebook and tag The Agapè Centre. Or tweet about it using #oneaction and @AgapeCornwall.

Additionally, starting on the 15th of October, the public is invited to join the Agapè Centre in a social media action using the hash tag #EndPoverty to raise awareness and fight against poverty. “This summer, we saw a huge increase in the number of people who eat in our soup kitchen and received groceries from our food bank,” says Alyssa. “It seems as a society we are moving backwards, isolating more and more people, creating a bigger divide between the rich and the poor.”

Communities are all about people. While not easy to measure, there are consequences for people, families and communities when poverty and the disempowerment it creates result in people being socially excluded from education, athletic, cultural and community activities and from being a full participant in civic life.

The Agapè Centre wants to show the people behind all small and big actions that help end poverty. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, people will gather all around the world to acknowledge the lives and efforts of those living in poverty and to renew their commitment to join them in their struggle.

Get ready for our 5th Annual Wine, Dine and All that Jazz Festival 2013

On October 5th, the Agapè Centre will be swaying to the transcended notes of jazz at our fifth annual Wine, Dine and All that Jazz Festival. This signature fundraising event consists of YOU and other Agapè supporters enjoying live jazz and dance. All monies raised will support our local food bank which is a tangible resource for Cornwall families in need. Cornwall children really benefit from the food that is given freely at our food bank which assists those who are going through some challenging times. The Agapè Centre will keep providing meals as long as there are hungry kids in Cornwall. We recognize that there is a need here and want to offer as much support and help to those in need in our community.

We count on your support Cornwall.

For more information on the exciting event benefitting families in Cornwall or tickets, please call Alyssa Blais at the Agapè Centre at 613.361.0332.