Temporary food services set up after flood at Vernon's Upper Room Mission

Save On Foods put on a lunch Tuesday after learning the Upper Room Mission flooded overnight.

VERNON - The community is making sure no one goes hungry in the coming weeks while damages are repaired at the Upper Room Mission.

Fundraising director Lisa Anderson says it could take 6-8 weeks before repairs are complete. The 27 Avenue soup kitchen flooded earlier this week after a pipe burst and triggered the sprinkler system. The agency provides around 300 meals a day to seniors, the disabled, the working poor and the homeless. 

Meals were temporarily being served in the Mission’s parking lot, but as of Thursday, Dec. 4, food will be served at the People Place, located across from the Mission. Individuals wanting to use the food service can take the back stairwell at the People Place. Those with mobility issues can use the front entrance and the elevator.

The Mission will have its washroom facilities open during meal times. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. and dinner at 4 p.m.

A Victims Trust Account has been set up at VantageOne Credit Union, and donations can be made at any VantageOne Branch. The Account # is 943555 and year-end tax receipts will be issued.

(Even) though we truly appreciate their generosity, we cannot accept any food donations at this time, as we have been shut down by Interior Health until further notice,” Anderson says.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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