lindas cupboard signs st georges cope lighthouse diner st pauls st michaels harrys mug

lindas cupboard signs st georges cope lighthouse diner st pauls st michaels harrys mug

lindas cupboard signs st georges cope lighthouse diner st pauls st michaels harrys mug

the idea girl says

I took some paper that was donated by Mary Anne from Bridges Community Health Centre for our games adult social night called “Harry’s Mug”

I used the paper and some black markers to make up “signs” for each BOX and organization that I plan to feed.

Food Banks

St Georges – St Vincent de Paul – Crystal BEach

COPE – Fort ERie

Community Luncheons

Lighthouse Diner – Crystal Beach

Harry’s Mug – Crystal Beach

St Michael’s – Fort ERie

St Pauls – Fort Erie

I didn’t add St Knox yet, because were in talks to run a “Harry’s Mug Too” there and if we do, we will be doing handouts with Linda’s Cupboard there….

This week I only had potatoes, onions and carrots go on sale, along with meat and other things… (I did a lot of shopping… take a look at all the photos on facebook!)

lindas cupboard facebook crystal ridge community church crystal beach ontario

lindas cupboard facebook crystal ridge community church crystal beach ontario

https://www.facebook.com/Lindas-Cupboard-389104801482325/

 

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lindas cupboard cope st georges box of potatoes carrots onions donation

lindas cupboard cope st georges box of potatoes carrots onions donation

the idea girl says

I put 15 potatoes in the box which is about 15 pounds because of the size and weight of these potatoes, around 1 pound of carrots and 5 pounds of onions.

I went to COPE and found out they service 600 people with 300 being children.

St Georges – St Vincent de Paul serves 400 people with 200 being children (mostly single parents with kids).

So I’m going to have my work cut out for me.

I want to feed 100 people at one bank in crystal beach and 175 people each week in fort erie (fresh vegetables and fruits).

I’m going to need donations from the local farmers and produce from grocery stores.

I have a plan… I’ll let you know once I’ve implemented it, how it works out.

With God leading my path (he’s already sent advisors my way….) I’m sure we will reach this goal very quickly!

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harold chisholm shopping for lindas cupboard potatoes carrots onions no frills niagara falls ontario canada

harold chisholm shopping for lindas cupboard potatoes carrots onions no frills niagara falls ontario canada

the idea girl says

thanks to donations I was able to buy 150 pounds of potatoes, 10 lbs of carrots, and 30 lbs of onions for our local food banks for “linda’s cupboard”

I was surprised because I didn’t do anything to get the donation. I just mentioned what I was doing and someone helped out… awesome or what?

god provides, and answers a prayer!

car loaded up with potatoes onions carrots back seat

the idea girl says

car loaded up with potatoes onions carrots back seat

now harry doesn’t like having to use the back seat of our car, but we have no choice.

we are praying for a Truck or SUV or someone to help pick up and deliver the food for us!

lindas cupboard potatoes carrots onions shopping card no frills

lindas cupboard potatoes carrots onions shopping card no frills

the idea girl says

you know what’s really cool?

I was trying to shove a LOONIE into the slot and it wouldn’t fit and I groaned, I needed a quarter and didn’t have one on me….

this lady comes up and says here… you don’t need a coin for this one… and gives me a shopping cart to use..

see even god can have a perfect stranger help you out and they probably don’t even realize they are being a BLESSING to you… bless her lord, she was an angel taking care of a need for me!

 

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God answers a prayer – boxes for “Linda’s Cupboard Food Deliveries” – Lococo’s Fruit & Vegetables 4167 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, (905) 358-3281

adding more lindas cupboard boxes

God answers a prayer – boxes for “Linda’s Cupboard Food Deliveries” – Lococo’s Fruit & Vegetables 4167 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, (905) 358-3281

God answers a prayer – boxes for “Linda’s Cupboard Food Deliveries” – Lococo’s Fruit & Vegetables 4167 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, (905) 358-3281

the idea girl says

I was going to save up and buy plastic boxes to deliver the fruit, vegetables and meats for “linda’s cupboard” donations… and then  I was shopping for the meat at Lococo’s and spotted these boxes on a trolley…

I asked, can I have a box?

She’s like yeah want all of them?

Are you sure?

Yea take them!

I’m dancing inside!

Perfect boxes for what I need

Thank you lord for supplying my needs for “Linda’s Cupboard”.

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Linda’s Cupboard Gives away 300 pounds of Food with Donations and a Food Sharing Program TEam Participants

150 pounds potaotes for lindas cupboard food bank donations community lunch

the idea girl says

what do you DREAM about?

What’s your vision for your community?

Many times I told Harry – When I win a MILLION dollars from the Lottery I’ll start my Food Bank idea for fresh vegetables, fruits and meats…..

 

Then I was praying and meditating a few months ago and this little voice says to me, “Why do you have to win a million dollars? I can help you do your dream NOW….”

I’m like right, how am I going to do this massive project, feed over 1200 families and hundreds of people across the Niagara Region and then add it to Canada and other countries? (yeah talk about a BIG Vision!)

How does one stop families and people from being hungry?

We ask the government for funding for our food banks. we are constantly whining that we don’t have enough money for food …. Which yes it’s true, it’s a problem.

But what do I do? I’m the “idea girl” what can I do to help this issue?

I write down an idea, and take steps to implement it, one step at a time.

and here I am a few weeks later… giving over 300 pounds of fresh vegetables to local food banks, community luncheons and helping people save on their grocery bills.

I’m going to have to create a PDF type file, and I’m thinking a video for youtube, and a Microsoft Power Point Presentation to TEACH people how to stretch those (can’t say pennies… I dont’ have any lol), those dimes, nickels, quarters, loonies, toonies, fives, tens, twenties and some of us fifties, and hundred dollar bills?

So what did I do before when I didn’t have any money?

I shared my groceries with others in the same boat.

We’d share milk, cheese, meat, cereal, vegetables, fruits, anything we could buy in bulk when on SALE we’d divide it between us.

It was only three families then.

Now I’m doing it with ten families and that’s only in the last 3 days…..

They all jumped on board, because my opening line was… what can’t you afford to buy for your family – fruits, meats, vegetables?

the answer was EVERYTHING!

THen I told them I have a plan to change that for you?

Oh yeah? what…

Let’s buy bulk items, share our grocery money so we get everything we need…

how do we do that?

I love to shop.

I love to find deals and find the cheapest prices possible.

I look at certain “warehouse” prices to see if they are cheaper than the local grocery stores.

Only a few things were.. mostly it’s MORE than what I can get it on sale for certain things,

but other things did save a good amount of money if I bought LOTS of it.

So that’s what I’m doing.

helping my “linda’s cupboard team participants” save money.

I’m going to keep it small because it took me over 25 hours this week, doing a few runs to a few grocery stores, the food banks, etc.

I have to work on the donations next from corporations, warehouses and local farmers, fruit stands, grocers…

that’s in my plan B… which I plan to start next week!

this week, I did some deliveries to some families, and took food to two food banks and three community luncheons….

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