What can I expect when I get there?
Our free weekly dinner began in 2006 to provide food, hospitality and company for people of all ages, means and needs and is attended by over 150 people each week.
Although we have a paid chef, our meal is made and served by volunteers. Our funding comes from Gilmore Park United Church, and personal and community donations. We receive donations of fresh local produce from the Sharing Farm, and other items from Richmond Food Bank and we seek out low-cost food sources such as Quest Food Exchange. See sample menus which reflect the diversity within our community (for download at the bottom of the page).
The Community Meal has many opportunities for volunteering for different age groups, abilities and interests.
Volunteer shifts include:
If you would like to volunteer, please contact the church office or the Volunteer Coordinator.
The Volunteer Coordinator will make an appointment, usually before 5:00 pm on a Thursday, to explain the different aspects of the meal as well as show you the different work areas. You will be given an application form and a volunteer guide (available to download at the bottom of the page).
If you are under the age of 15, a parent or guardian should be with you while you volunteer.
A volunteer schedule (a sample is available to download at the bottom of the page) is made up each week on Monday and e-mailed to volunteers on the list.
If you are sick or for some other reason are not able to attend, it is very important that you contact the Volunteer Coordinator immediately.
For Safety and Hygiene, volunteers are asked to adhere to the following dress code: