May 10, 2017

Church Out Serving

Church Out Serving (Presentation by Diane Luke) was the successful recipient of $17,300. This money will be used towards the purchase of a commercial-grade fridge/freezer.

This non-profit, faith based organization has purchased the old LCBO building in Simcoe and are renovating it to welcome individuals to an innovative food hub which will include a cafe, a marketplace and a commercial teaching kitchen. They are bringing people and food together in a safe, friendly, welcoming enironment. As food insecurity continues to be an issue in Norfolk County (11.6% or 7,500 people of the popoulation are not able to secure food on a regular basis), this group has found a way to better utilize Norfolk’s largest asset: food. Local farmers often find they have surplus produce which is unsuitable for sale because it is imperfect. E.g. too small, too large, blemished or not the right shape. This innovative approach to sourcing, preparing and deliverying food to those in need is a creative way to bring our community together. Riversye 83 will welcome those customers who can pay as well as those who cannot pay. They are also offering a “Pay It Forward” option.

Riversyde 83 is expected to open late 2017.

There were two (2) other well-deserving charities represented at this meeting:

  1. Puurfect Companions presented by Angie Grice
  2. St. Joseph’s Lifecare Foundation presented by Vera Abbott

May 10, 2017: Church Out Serving Receives $17,300

Pictured above: Diane Luke (Presenter) and Beth Redden Co-Founder 100 Women

Presenters at the May 10 2017 Meeting from left to right: Vera Abbott for St. Joseph's Lifecare Foundation, Diane Luke for Church Out Serving and Angie Grice for Puurfect Companions.