The Loaves and Fishes Benevolent Society (6002 54 Ave.) are in desperate need of donations of silverware. When I was volunteering there, we were literally washing the dirty silverware as fast as we could so that the newer guests could eat.
In some cases we had to give them only a spoon to eat with.
The Loaves and Fishes feed the homeless and this time of year their silverware starts to disappear as they may be traveling or camping out and need utensils. Forks are most important, followed by knives and spoons.
If you see these for sale at a garage or yard sale, ask for a donation or buy the silverware and donate it yourself.
This is a much-needed facility in our City and fills basic needs. There are families using the meal service with small children. It breaks my heart to see them there.
It has been twenty years since The Loaves and Fishes grew from the vision of two dedicated people passionate about helping others to the ministry that quietly continues to change the lives of many people every day.
The Loaves and Fishes is a registered, non-profit charitable organization. They work with staff, volunteers, and other agencies in the city to provide services, programs and solutions to minimize the suffering that is associated with addiction, homelessness, crisis trauma, abuse (physical, mental or substance related) and loneliness.
Some of the issues affecting these people are getting sufficient nourishing food, safety from oppression and discrimination, counseling, shelter, justice and education.
It is the Loaves & Fishes mandate and belief that it is the responsibility of all of us to help the less fortunate. They are passionate about what they do because very simply; people need help!
PS: Operating on a ludicrously low budget they can use your financial support also!
R. Dean Cowan