House of Lazarus launches free weekly meal May 18

From left, House of Lazarus (HOL) client service coordinator Kim Merkley, HOL food bank assistant Ralph Pulfer and HOL food bank assistant Marianne Villemaire. Courtesy photo

Soup kitchen dubbed ‘Dinner on the House’

MOUNTAIN — Be hungry no more.

The House of Lazarus (HOL) has seen a need in the community and is stepping up to fill it.

A free weekly community meal initiative, known as ‘Dinner on the House,’ will kick-off on May 18. The free meal will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday evening, at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Mountain, located at 2227 Simms Street.

Everyone and anyone are welcome to come join in the free community meal.

“We conducted a survey back in November and found that 49 per cent of our clients were going entire days without eating because they didn’t have enough money for food,” explained Cathy Ashby, HOL executive director. “The survey also showed that 53 per cent of the people we serve rated their health as fair or poor. And 58 per cent said their lives were quite stressful.”

She noted poor health stems from not eating well and being unwell leads to greater stress in life.

“It’s a cycle – all these factors are linked together,” said Ashby.

The ‘Dinner on the House’ community meal will alleviate some of that stress for people and also provide them an opportunity to access healthy food once a week.

“This initiative was made possible by generous donations from the community, geared specifically towards providing food to our clients,” explained Ashby.

Last year alone, over 600 people accessed the House of Lazarus Food Bank. Each month, over 100 families rely on the food bank to eat.

“The purpose is to provide people with a nutritous meal they may not be able to afford. Again, in the survey, many people indicated they were not able to buy meat on a regular basis, so this community meal will ensure they are getting their nutritional needs met.”

“This free community meal is an initiative I have been passionate about for years,” said Kim Merkley, HOL client services coordinator.

 

About the HOL

For over 30 years, the HOL has supported individuals and families in the community through outreach programs and other essential services. Each month, over 100 local families are served through the food bank. The HOL also operates a Household Goods Store and Thrift Store, located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain, with all revenue assisting local people in need.  

 



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