Food Bank & Soup Kitchen
The Holy Cross Parish Food Bank and Soup Kitchen has been serving those in need in the St. Boniface and surrounding area for nearly 20 years. The Holy Cross Food Bank was the creation of one of our late parishioners, Mr. Roger St.Hillare. Mr. St.Hillaire felt strongly that there were families in need in our community and that the parishioners of Holy Cross could answer the call – with both their time and support financially.
All these years later, the parish and its group of approximately 25 wonderful volunteers, (both from the parish and the community) are still going strong, serving between 70 and 85 people every Wednesday morning in the parish basement. Amid the socializing and the laughter, volunteers work hard to help provide this community service. Patrons are treated to a delicious meal prepared by our kitchen staff volunteers, usually consisting of soup and sandwiches, juice, coffee and dessert; followed by the opportunity to pack themselves a hamper from the food items donated by Winnipeg Harvest, our parishioners and surrounding community. Our backroom volunteers pack baby hampers with diapers, formula, baby food and other sundry needs – ensuring that our youngest patrons are well looked after.
Our patrons come from all walks of life. Some have been using our food bank every other week for years; some stop by once in a while when they find themselves unable to make ends meet; while others visit only once or twice when transitioning between jobs or if new to Canada. We try not to turn anyone away.
The Holy Cross Food Bank/Soup Kitchen volunteers are very proud of the service that they and the Parish of Holy Cross provide for those in need in our community. Because of their time and dedication approximately 75 families get much needed food – these 75 families include at least 45 children and babies.
If you would like more information on the Holy Cross Parish Food Bank\Soup Kitchen please contact Sheila Cornick at firstname.lastname@example.org.