St. Paul’s Social Services continued to provide hot lunches (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and food bank services during 2015, while enhancing all of our programs and services by focusing on nutritious food, building community and dynamic team functioning.  As always, our generous donors, volunteers and staff are the strength behind what we do.

Here are some of SPSS’s highlights for 2015:

  • We served 24,640 people through our Daily Bread Food Bank (DB), Fellowship Centre lunch program (FC) and Christmas Share (CS) program
  • The SPSS community garden, St. Andrew’s Community Garden, market vendors and produce donations from churches and individuals were so plentiful that the Daily Bread Food Bank did not have to purchase any produce for 5 months
  • The Breaking Bread Together (BBT) food skills and community building program started 2 days a week in June
  • Twenty-five volunteers attended 3 days of training and are now active in the new Compassionate Presence referral and listening role at the DB and FC
  • SPSS was the recipient of the first annual Anne Langille Legacy Fund Award, presented by WIL Employment Connections in recognition of SPSS providing programming that is inclusive, respectful of diversity and recognized by community partners as providing quality services.

Our many volunteer and 3 staff positions continue to be the core of our programs and services.  Our volunteers are an amazing group of 125 individuals who support our programs, services, fund raising efforts and Board of Directors.  During 2015, our volunteers provided 10,598 hours of service* to our programs. Our staff and volunteers demonstrate SPSS’s core values of kindness, respect, community and generosity, and are key elements of creating healthy community here at SPSS.

*volunteer hours for DB,FC and Christmas Share only

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