the idea girl says
I started working on different types of flyers for Linda’s Cupboard since February 2017. This one is what I’ve finally decided on after spending over $20 on .25 cent print fees for each flyer I designed.
I had to change them, because my simple little program to just bring food to a food bank, changed!
I now bring fresh fruits, vegetables and meats to COPE in Fort Erie, and St Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Crystal Beach at St George’s Catholic Church.
We also bring donations to Ugly Mug in St Catharines, Harry’s Mug in Crystal Beach, and the luncheon at St Michael’s in Fort Erie.
It looks like my plans to expand into other cities will be soon as well.
Next on my list of to do’s is Port Colborne and Welland soup kitchens and possibly food banks.
We checked on Project Share in Niagara Falls, the food bank is going strong there, and people actually were getting three times the amount of food (singles) that were getting here in Crystal Beach and Fort Erie. I will have a chat with them to find out how they do it, or if it’s just they had extra donations come in so people got more food given to them.
We found out by interviewing people that most of them rely on the food bank for MOST of their month’s groceries, which is really SAD. I didn’t know that. Usually the amount of food you get is enough for 3 days of food, literally!
So if they are stretching 1 can of soup add 1 cup water, so that’s 2 cups of liquid for two people and eating some bread or a bun split into two… that’s their meal.
It’s not healthy enough to give them the nutrition they need and it shows, they are constantly fighting illness and have an extremely low and dangerous level of immune system. So our nutritious meals can affect people’s health and we didn’t even look at it that way before.
God has opened our eyes as we see the truth of where people are in life. Many are proud and do not want other people’s help. We have come across people that when we offered them food – steak, peameal bacon, vegetables, fruits, they actually declined to take it because they felt guilty having someone else supply food for them. (our pride trips us up don’t it?) I can see their point but then again since I love food, I never turn it down. Kudo’s to them for not loving food as much as I do. But then again I wish they weren’t so proud, because I get a blessing if I give to them and people bless us with food to help anyone out that we come across in our daily goings of here and there.
We’ve managed to do “linda’s cupboard” not only in Crystal Beach, but also in Fort ERie, Ridgeway, Stevensville, Port Colborne, Welland, St Catharines and Niagara Falls. We even fed people from Toronto and Hamilton, that came out to Harry’s Mug for a bite to eat and to enjoy a social night out with other people.
Harry’s Mug gets most of it’s food from Linda’s Cupboard or from my own grocery cupboard. I buy bulk and share my food with others. I’ll cook for 40 people instead of 2. Its pretty easy and it’s expensive, but the food stretches. I’m beginning to wonder if were having a miracle of sorts without even meaning too. WE brought food for 24 people and fed 29 people last week at Harry’s Mug.
Now we have other people in other cities interested in coming into Harry’s Mug and being a part of Linda’s Cupboard.
I’m having a meeting with government representatives, to see how we can expand the food program across ontario, than Canada and USA (that’s my vision for this food share program and I can see it expanding very quickly, in three months it’s gone from one place to eight places 🙂
that’s what happens when you obey God’s call on your life… He makes miracles happen. And I plan to tell you about all of them as we go along and it grows! 🙂
Mrs Linda Chisholm
my helper my husband Harold Chisholm
“The Clothing Depot”