Port Cares puts together about 200 school lunch kids every month, which helps give a healthy boost to more than 1,000 children each school year. The school lunch program runs entirely on donations, and last week city hall presented Port Cares with a cheque for more than $7,500.
“This came out of an initiative to get our current and future leaders to be engaged in their community,” said Scott Luey, the city’s chief administrative officer. Luey gave them one year to brainstorm ideas and implement a fundraising campaign that could be used to support a local charity. One of those ideas was a calendar, which helped bring in thousands for the Port Cares lunch program.
There are still about 150 calendars left, which the city has given to Port Cares to be used as a handout. Anyone who makes a donation to the Port Cares food bank will get a free calendar, while supplies last.
With temperatures plummeting to 17 below freezing in Port Colborne this week, foodbank items that are aimed at the homeless are in strong demand at Port Cares. Amanda Upper, who works with many of the city’s vulnerable as the supervisor of the Port Cares Reach Out Centre, said donations to the food bank that can be distributed to the city’s homeless will have the greatest impact.
“Remember these are people who might not have a stove or a microwave or anything to prepare a meal, so what we really need are things like power bars and energy bars, or canned items that have a pull-tab, because again, they might not even own a can opener,” said Upper.
To make a donation, or to get information about the school lunch program, visit the Port Cares Reach Out Centre at 61 Nickel Street or call 905-835-1914.
21st Annual Port Cares Dinner and Auction is a chance for community
members to support something bigger than a one-day event. Together, our efforts
will help those in our community with social and economic needs improve their
quality of life.
effect of poverty and low income on local families remains persistent in our
community. We continue to see more and more families come to the Reach Out
Centre food bank who once they pay their rent and utilities have little left
for food for their children. We rely solely on fundraising and donations to run
the food bank, crisis services, meal program and other vital services up and
running at the Reach Out Centre which assists approximately 1,300 local
residents – a third of which are children. The Annual Port Cares Dinner and
Auction is our major fundraising event for the year and every penny raised goes
directly to support the Reach Out Centre. Our goal is to raise $57,000 at the
event through our silent auction, live auction, ticket sales and sponsorship,”
says Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares.
asking local businesses, artisans, corporations and community members if they
can do so to provide a donations of items and or services for the silent and
live auction. All proceeds from the silent and live auction will help keep the
doors of the Reach Out Centre open for local families in need. We are truly
humbled by the support and we welcome
any new or potential donors to contact Port Cares in person, by telephone or
through social media” says Christine.
WHAT:Port Cares 21st Annual Dinner and Auction to support
children, families and individuals in your community who rely on the Port Cares
Reach Out Centre food bank, meal program and poverty relief services
WHERE: Italian Canadian Cultural Centre (223 Bell
Street, Port Colborne)
WHEN: Thursday, November 21st. Reception at
6:00PM, Dinner served at 7:30PM
The event expects
to host 300 members of the community
Tickets are $80 and can be purchased at Port Cares (92 Charlotte St.) or
by phone (905-834-3629 x 245)
Tickets include a three-course meal and a $40 charitable donation
This year’s theme is Are you a
little bit country, or a little bit rock n’ roll?
Items up for auction include: Meridian Centre Suite (with beverages) for
an Ice Dogs game, One-week rental in Nelson British Columbia, Home Décor,
Sports Tickets, Weekend Cottage Rental on Lake Erie
In 2018, the Reach Out Centre food bank distributed 172,148 pounds of
food to those in need
7, 753 plates were served through our kitchen in 2018
We were able to distribute 1,648 school lunch kits (8,240 lunches)
between September 2018-June 2019
more information about Port Cares or the Dinner and Auction, please call Shelby
at 905-834-3629 x 245.
Port Colborne, Ontario (October 16, 2019) – The
Port Colborne Lions Club and Wainfleet Lions Club will once again be out in full
force on Saturday November 2nd. Their wonderful team of volunteers will
be collecting food and monetary donations from local Port Colborne and
Wainfleet residents for their annual food drive in support of the Port Cares
Reach Out Centre.
Residents of Port Colborne are asked to leave
any canned or dry goods out on their porches by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November
2nd to be collected by the volunteers supporting the food drive. The
main collection hub is located at 484 Barrick Road, Port Colborne.
Residents of Wainfleet Township are asked to
either drop their non- perishable food donations off in-advance at the Meridian
Credit Union located at 31885 Highway 3, Wainfleet,
beginning Monday, October 28 through Friday,
November 1, or to come to Meridian Credit Union (Wainfleet Branch) on
the day of the food drive Saturday, November 2
between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Interested volunteers please contact Lion
Laura Slat; 289-407-0106.
“Our local community has struggled with
the effects of poverty for more than 40 years. As difficult as the struggle has
been, the compassion and the care of the community has been even greater. Right
now there are nearly 400 local children who are supported by the Port Cares
Reach Out Centre Food Bank. The Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Club food
drive will ensure that low income children and families who struggle to get by
will be assured of nutritious food through the cold winter months. Our Port
Cares team appreciates the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and work side by
side Lions and community members at the 2019 Lions Food Drive.” says Christine
Clark Lafleur, Executive Director, Port Cares.
The food donations collected will provide the
Port Cares Reach Out Centre with much needed resources for clients during the
winter months, when the need for food is the greatest.
MOST NEEDED ITEMS:
Canned fruit, canned fish, canned meat, canned
pasta, side dishes, dry soup, peanut butter, pull-tab cans, diapers sizes 4
& 5, deodorant, shampoo and toothbrushes. Cash or cheques accepted (made
payable to Port Cares).
In 2018, the Food Drive collected 30,502lbs
and $7,025 in monetary donations.
In 2018, the Reach Out Centre food
bank distributed 172,148 pounds of food to those in need.
Seven thousand, seven hundred and
fifty three plates were served through our kitchen in 2018.
For more information on the Port
Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs Food Drive please contact:
Port Colborne Lions Club – Lion Laura
Slat, 289-407-0106; Lion Jeremy Hamm, 905-327-9799
Wainfleet Lions Club – Lion John
Meridian Credit Union, Wainfleet
Branch – Dan Bouchard, 905-899-3951
Countdown is on to Port Cares 20th Annual Dinner and Auction in support of poverty relief across South Niagara
Port Colborne, ON (October 16, 2018) – The countdown is on with one month to go until the Port Cares 20th Annual Dinner and Auction, taking place on Friday, November 16th at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre in Port Colborne. The auction will raise funds in support of poverty relief services provided through the agency’s Reach Out Food Centre and Food Bank.
“Fundraising and donations keep the food bank, crisis services, meal program and other vital services up and running at the Reach Out Food Centre. This is the twentieth year for the Port Cares Dinner and Auction, which is our major fundraising event for the year. Our goal is to raise $60,000 at the event through our silent auction, live auction, ticket sales and sponsorship,” says Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares.
“We’re busy right now calling on local businesses, artisans, corporations and community members for donations of items and services. The donations collected will be used for the silent and live auction. We are truly humbled by the support thus and we welcome and encourage any new or potential donors to contact the agency in person, by telephone or through social media” says Christine. Some of the Items currently on the roster for the silent and live auction include a Niagara River Lions jersey and basketball, tickets to a Buffalo Sabres games, hand-crafted Mennonite quilt, ladies fashion accessories, a weekend retreat at a Lake Erie Beach house and an artisan Muskoka chair and foot stool. “Truly there is something for everyone,” says Christine.
More than 100 tickets are available for sale at $80.00 per person, which includes a four-course meal catered at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre and a $40 charitable donation receipt. This year’s theme is ‘An Evening in Paris’. Since 2014, the Port Cares Dinner and Auction has raised more than $230,000 to help run the Reach Out Food Centre
Event Sponsors: Boggio Family of Pharmacies, Rankin Construction Inc., Bosch Rexroth Canada, Stolk Construction LTD, Blackadder Leon Marion and Fazari LLP, Kate Ostryhon-Lumsden and Nicki Lumsden from Re/Max Welland Realty, Meridian Credit Union, Port Colborne Quarries Inc., The Vision Clinic, Whites’ Insurance Brokers, Country 89, Giant FM 91.7, Gotcha Covered, Niagara This Week, and The Music Depot.
Port Colborne Lions Club – Wainfleet Lions Club Food Drive in support of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre and Food Bank
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Colborne, Ontario (October 9, 2018) – The Port Colborne Lions Club and Wainfleet Lions Club will once again be out in full force on Saturday November 3rd. Their wonderful team of volunteers will be collecting food and monetary donations from local Port Colborne and Wainfleet residents for their annual food drive in support of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre.
Residents of Port Colborne are asked to leave any canned or dry goods out on their porches by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3rd to be collected by the volunteers supporting the food drive.
Residents of Wainfleet Township are asked to either drop their non- perishable food donations off in-advance at the Meridian Credit Union located at 31885 Highway 3, Wainfleet, beginning Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2, or to come to Meridian Credit Union (Wainfleet Branch) on the day of the food drive Saturday, November 3 between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
“The tremendous effort from the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs, their volunteers and generous community donors will impact hundreds of children and adults who live in poverty. Here at Port Cares we are extremely grateful for all of the community efforts that are being put towards the food drive. Port Colborne and Wainfleet residents are always so incredible and giving towards the annual Food Drive. Our Port Cares team is excited to roll up our sleeves and work along side the Lions and all the community volunteers at this years food drive,” says Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director, Port Cares.
The food donations collected will provide the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre with much needed resources for clients during the winter months, when the need for food is the greatest.
MOST NEEDED ITEMS:
Canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, baked beans, large juice bottles, deodorant, shampoo, soap, large juice bottles, baby food, formula and diapers.
In 2017, the Port Cares food bank distributed 204,395 pounds of food
In 2017, the Food Drive collected 31,652lbs and $5,379 in monetary donations, in addition to promoting awareness and community collaboration.
For more information on the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs Food Drive please contact:
Port Colborne Lions Club – Lion Jeremy Hamm, 905-327-9799, George DeRuyte 289-820-6163
Wainfleet Lions Club – Lion John Taylor, 905-933-7364
Meridian Credit Union, Wainfleet Branch – Katarina Chataway, 905-899-3951
Sherkston Supermart pitches in to support Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre’s School Childrens’ Lunch Kit Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Colborne, Ontario (August 30, 2018) – For local school children in need going back to school next week will be a whole lot easier knowing that they will have nutritious lunches thanks to Sherkston Supermart’s support of the Port Cares Reach Out Centre School Lunch Kit program.
The Bodner Family and their business Sherkston Supermart inside Sherkston Shores Resort have donated $2,500 to support the Lunch Kit program which is 100 per cent reliant on donation and philanthropic support. Last school year 2,404 lunch kits were provided to local children supplying 12,020 individual lunches to elementary and secondary school students during the school year.
“Through the support of Sobeys we offer a wide selection of nutritious and delicious products but it is important for us to remember that not everyone has equal access to food or basic needs. Our partnership with Sobeys Wholesale has helped our success and allowed us to help our community by supporting this very important program.” said Ron Bodner.
“This donation comes on the fourth anniversary of our launch of this important service. Every child who is registered for the lunch kit program is a child living in a low income or poor family where choices have to made about whether there is enough money to pay the rent or buy nutritious healthy food. Port Cares started this program with the incredible support of the Branscombe Family Foundation and we are blessed to have the number of community supporters grow every year,” explains Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director, Port Cares.
“On behalf of the children and families we serve we sincerely thank Ron, Claire, James and Glen – the Bodner Family – for their generosity and community goodwill.”
QUICK FACTS ABOUT PORT CARES REACH OUT FOOD CENTRE:
The food bank assists 1,200 A third of the people reliant on the food bank are children.
On average, 17,000 to 20,000 pounds of food is distributed through the food bank each month.
The most needed food items for the food bank include: canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, cereal, jam, baby food, formula, diapers and personal hygiene items.
Last school year the Reach Out Food Centre, located at 61 Nickel Street, provided 2,020 lunch kits (12,000 lunches) to local school age children who live in low income households.
Hot and nutritious community meals are served three times a week to families and individuals in need. More than 50 adults and children typically attend each meal. In the winter months there will be nearly 100 clients attending at meal time.
A huge thank you to the over 200 people who turned out for our 6th annual Pancake Brunch at our Reach Out Centre on 61 Nickel St. in Port Colborne and helped us raise over $3000 to aid those facing homelessness in our community.
A special thank you to ADM Milling for the delicious pancake mix; to Shaun Slat of Tendercuts for not only donating all of the sausages for the event but also helping to serve the meals, to Christine Strom Harper, owner of the Tim Horton’s at 197 Main. St East for donating 3 huge containers of Tim Horton’s coffee and hot chocolate; to Grant Jennings from Sobeys for the juice and toppings and to Dean, Sarah and Amanda for cooking up a storm.
Verge Insurance also donated $500 towards the event for homelessness prevention. Hats off also to all of the folks from Giant FM;Country 89; Whites/Verge Insurance and to Mayor April Jeffs, Board members Cathy Boggio and Ashleigh Miatello and to the Port Cares staff who pitched in and the fantastic volunteers for their wonderful help. We could not have done it without you!!!! What a great community we live in!
The 2017 Dinner Gala and Auction was a success with close to 300 guests who had a marvellous time at the Hollywood inspired event. Over $50,000 was raised to assist with vital programming at Port Cares.
Many thanks to the sponsors, donors, guests, staff and volunteers who made this event possible.
Many residents of Port Colborne, Wainfleet and South Niagara currently rely on our Reach Out Food Centre at 61 Nickel Street. On November 4th the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs will be holding their annual food drive. We are grateful for their support because it helps to make it possible for us to continue to to serve 200 meals each week, provide school children with lunch kits and distribute 17,000 to 20,000 lbs of food monthly.
This food drive would not be possible without the many volunteers who will be collecting food, and sorting it for transport to our Food Bank on Saturday November 4th.
Residents in Port Colborne can leave their food food on their door steps by 9 am as volunteers will be going door to door in Port Colborne. Wainfleet residents can drop their food off at their local Meridian Branch on HWY 3.
A huge thank you to all of the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions members for their support; to the incredible volunteers who are donating their time to help collect and sort food; to the Christian Life Assembly Church and the Meridian Branch in Wainfleet for the use of their space. And to you, the donors, who generously give food to this food drive so that those in need in your community can have access to hot meals and food through our Food Bank and Reach Out Centre.
If you missed the food drive or wish to donate food items during the year, please call our Food Bank at 905-835-1914. Thank you.
Thanksgiving is a time of family, celebration and sharing gratitude. And for the 1,496 residents of Port Colborne, Wainfleet and South Niagara who currently rely on the food bank and meal services of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre (ROFC), people in need will share in the celebration of gratitude this Thanksgiving thanks to the amazing outpouring of community and corporate support Port Cares and the Reach Out Food Centre receives.
“We are truly blessed to have such a compassionate and giving community. We receive support from the young children who collect food donations at their daycares and schools to small businesses and major corporations providing food, services and financial gifts. Port Cares relies on all of this kindness to run the Reach Out Centre including the Food bank, community meals and intervention programs,” explains Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director.
While the need to help is daunting, the support is overwhelming Clark Lafleur explains. She notes that throughout the year and especially at festive holiday times like Thanksgiving and Christmas Port Cares and its Reach Out Centre receives an outpouring of support. “We are truly blessed to without even asking have the individuals and companies like the Leon Family and Leon’s Furniture Limited step forward to help. The Leon family through Leon’s Furniture Limited provided a substantial gift to Port Cares to assist the work we do for young children at the centre. They shared with us that they wanted to recognize their gratitude by assisting the less fortunate by sharing compassion, care and comfort to those who need it most. Their gift is directly supporting the food bank and meal program at the Reach Out Centre.”
Approximately 120 to 140 people are anticipated to attend the Thanksgiving Dinner Meal at the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre this Thursday, October 5th with the Port Colborne Fire Department hosting by supplying turkeys, and helping to prepare and serve alongside community volunteers and client helpers.
Not all of the people in our community who require food assistance participate in the ROFC meal program. Many more will receive food support through the ROFC food bank.
“Our clients are truly appreciative of the compassion and support they receive not only at Thanksgiving but year round. They do their best to give back and share their gratitude as best they can when their personal situations improve. This is what Port Cares is truly about – help, hope and opportunity.”
QUICK FACTS :
More than a third of the people reliant on the ROFC food bank are children.
Typically 50 adults and children attend the lunch program on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Reach Out Food Centre (ROFC) at 61 Nickel Street, Port Colborne.
Approximately 100 individuals attend the weekly dinner on Thursday evenings at the ROFC.
Lunch kits with supplies to make five nutritious lunches are provided to families with school age children through the Reach Out Centre food bank
On average 17,000 to 20,000 pounds of food is distributed monthly through the ROFC food bank.
Port Cares Reach Out Centre relies on donations, grants and fundraising to provide services and assistance to people living in poverty.