Daily Bread Program
The Daily Bread's mission is to help people in need of food and assistance through counseling. The staff and volunteers maintain regular contact with service agencies in the city core and interview people wanting emergency assistance. Assistance is provided within the means of the Social Services or referral to an appropriate service agency. Food and and other daily necessities are distributed to those in need by volunteers each weekday morning: 9:30 - Noon, Monday through Friday. Volunteers and Donations are most welcome.
Contact Jane Moffat — Co-ordinator — to make a donation or to volunteer.
St. Paul's Daily Bread Program, a registered charity, is an ecumenical social service provider supported by over 50 London and area churches of various denominations, a number of service and fraternal organizations and hundreds of caring individuals on a regular ongoing basis. A volunteer board of directors oversees the operation of our food bank that serves 800-900 families a month as well as the Fellowship Centre, which provides a delicious, nutritious lunch, fellowship and a comfortable, welcoming place for adults dealing with poverty, homelessness or unemployment five days a week. Our Christmas Share program provides hampers of gifts and groceries for 200 families a year who are referred to us through our supporting churches and various community organizations. Our newest initiative is our Les Peterson Memorial Camp Fund to assist children from low income families enjoy the opportunities of attending summer camps.
Except for a small annual grant through the Ministry of Community and Social Services in London, and the Sisters of St. Joseph, we rely solely on donations to fund these operations.
The Daily Bread Program is available to anyone need in the community who is in need and is one of the few agencies in London that offers emergency financial assistance in crisis situations pertaining to shelter and/or utilities cut off as funds permit. We are experiencing increased requests for assistance with medical prescriptions and necessities from people on low or no income. Through our work we have developed a greater awareness of how we can help many recent refugees to Canada find their way through the maze of bureaucracy to help with their special needs. Daily Bread also provides vouchers for clothing and household needs from the Mission Store operated by Missions Services and vouchers for gently used mattresses from the Sleep Country Distribution Centre. Although we are no longer able to accept furniture donations, we do pass the information along so those in need can benefit from these offers.
Advocacy for the disadvantaged of London is an important focus of the program as Daily Bread works in partnership with many agencies in London, being actively involved in the Housing Support Services /THAW program, Health Access Group, Advocates Group, Networking for an Inclusive Community, with the aim of easing the burden on our brothers and sisters living with the indignities of poverty and marginalization in a society that increasingly is penalizing the poor and is experiencing greater gaps between the haves and the have-nots.
We at Daily Bread welcome invitations to speak about our programs and offer information on how interested folks can become involved through volunteering, donating or fundraising. For further information, please feel free to contact our office, we would be happy to hear from you.
Click here to view the Spring 2012 edition of the Daily Bread Newsletter.
The Les Peterson Memorial Camp Fund was established to assist children from low income families attend summer camp.
Most summer camps have some available subsidies to off-set their regular fees. The Les Peterson fund is intended to top up the unsubsidized portion of the fee to allow broader access to these programs.
To apply, camp registration forms must be completely filled out, any and all available subsidies must be applied for and approved. Completed forms may be brought to the Daily Bread office (best to call ahead for complete information and appointment) and an application form and cheque to the camp for the top up amount can be completed.
Wherever possible, families are encouraged to pay a small amount towards either the camp fee or towards t-shirts/caps for each camper.
This fund can assist each eligible child in a family.
Transportation cost assistance may be applied for as well ..eg: LTC tickets to pickup and drop off locations.
Most camps are eligible e.g.: YM/YWCA OVERNIGHT or DAY CAMPS, CITY OF LONDON CAMPS, CHURCH CAMPS.
Since this Fund is supported entirely by donations, approval depends on availability of funds.
To serve Jesus Christ through an outreach ministry by the provision of material, financial and spiritual aid to persons in need of assistance, regardless of religious affiliation.
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