Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Lunch by George

Elizabeth Cohoe, David GordonElizabeth Cohoe, David Gordon, Martin Thomas

Grant Amount: $2,000

The Organization

Lunch by George is a social centre welcoming people of any background who need a comfortable place, warm in the winter, and food. People who are in desperate need, including the hundreds of homeless people in Kingston, can come in and relax a little. Lunch by George opens every weekday at 9 a.m., with coffee and snacks. There are moveable seats which is really important to people. Some people read newspapers; some play cards; some talk; and some just sit and think. There’s a clothes rack with warm clothes. There are also personal supply items available. At 10 a.m., soup is served. At 11 a.m., there is a nutritious hot meal. The food is prepared by coordinator Jenny Hurd, assisted by 30 volunteers. A huge feed is offered at Christmas, which Rotarians help to support. The program has been going since 1985, serving an average of 40 meals a day plus soups. Often 70 to 80 people come, and those numbers have been increasing.

The Work Supported by the Grant

Because more people are coming than in the past, donations of food are not keeping up with the need. The grant will go towards food purchase.