Feeding the physical, as well as the spiritual needs is our salient ministry. Friends and members are extraordinarily faithful to the teachings of Jesus about feeding the hungry. Our faithful volunteers help others up against grinding poverty and expect nothing in return because there is a need to be filled and they fill it:
“For when I was hungry, you gave me food, when thirsty you gave me drink, when I was a stranger you took me into your home, when naked you clothed me, when I was ill you came to my help, when in prison you visited me.”
Very early every Thursday morning we serve approximately 200 hot meals for the poorest and most vulnerable in the lower east downtown Toronto (from 6:00 – 8:00 a.m.;
doors open at 4:30 a.m.). Please note that during the months of July and August the Breakfast Program closes at 7:30 a.m. Please note that on 16 July 2020 we will start serving food at 5:45 a.m. and will close down at 6:45 a.m. – for the months of July and August. The program will return to its normal hours of serving food from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. starting Thursday 17 September 2020.
Emergency Food Bank Ministry
Twice weekly, we help supplement the nutritional needs of low income singles and families in the Regent Park area with basic nourishment.
The Food Bank is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. It is closed the first Monday or Thursday of the month as well as public holidays. It will be closed on: Thursday, 1 October, 2020; Thanksgiving Monday, 12 October, 2020, Monday, 2 November, 2020; and Thursday, 3 December, 2020.
Christmas Outreach is provided to several hundred low-income residents of the downtown east core. Single persons and families are helped at Christmas with a No Frills gift card and toys for the children. This is a long-standing ministry at St Bart’s. Money is raised from private sources to fund this outreach.