December 26, 2014 - 9:25 AM
VERNON - Christmas came early to the Upper Room Mission with an okay from Interior Health to re-open its kitchen facilities.
The kitchen was shut down after flooding damaged the building and contaminated food Dec. 2. The soup kitchen has been serving meals out of the People Place and relying on generous community businesses and sponsors to feed clients while repairs are completed. Fundraising director Lisa Anderson said the go ahead from Interior Health is fantastic news.
“This means we are now able to prepare food in our kitchen, and serve it over at the People Place,” Anderson said. “This also means we are now accepting food donations.”
Food donations are greatly appreciated, though Anderson says monetary donations go a lot further.
“Through corporate sponsorship, we have a very strong buying power and can purchase food at wholesale prices,” she said. “Being able to buy food helps our kitchen staff plan and prepare weekly meals, ensuring the food we serve is healthy, nutritious, and is up to the Canada Food Guide standards.”
It could still be weeks before the Upper Room Mission fully reopens, but Anderson says they have a lot to be thankful for.
“Thank you again everyone for being there for us, and for your help in serving those less fortunate in our community. We truly couldn't have done it without you,” Anderson said.
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