lindas cupboard st vincent de paul food bank at st georges catholic church food basket donations

lindas cupboard st vincent de paul food bank at st georges catholic church food basket donations

the idea girl says

It was such a blessing when the volunteers at St Vincent de Paul Food Bank at St George’s Catholic Church on Ridgeway Rd in Crystal Beach Ontario Canada gave us this green grocery basket to put our “Linda’s Cupboard” donations in at the door.

We can drop it off and ask for another basket.  We haven’t done any donations at the food bank this month because money is tight. I had to pay off a cell phone, and I have three birthdays and our anniversary and fathers day all rolled into ONE month, so money’s TIGHT…

We did get food donations for a food share program so that’s good in May we helped over 10 families get food each week, and that was such a blessing for us to be a part of!

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lindas cupboard food share program – milk veggies kale spinach broccoli shredded wheat pizza breads project share niagara falls to needy families in crystal beach

lindas cupboard milk veggies kale spinach broccoli

lindas cupboard food share program – milk veggies kale spinach broccoli shredded wheat pizza breads project share niagara falls to needy families in crystal beach

lindas cupboard shredded wheat pizza pasta

lindas cupboard shredded wheat pizza pasta

the idea girl says

Linda’s Cupboard Food Bank Share Program

What does one do with their food bank stuff that they don’t need or really like to eat? Donate it for another family and vice versa.

So how you do it is this.

You go to the food bank and they give you three bags of food each month

You open it up and don’t like the taste of this or that, or your allergic to some of it.

So donate it for another family to have (they like it) and your given food in exchange as well so you still eat, but you get to have what you want (including the brand names you enjoy eating instead of say a no name brand you don’t like to eat)

It doesn’t get wasted this way, and everyone gets what they are allowed to have..

INstead of not eating you get foods that you like and enjoy and I want you to not only benefit from this yourself, I want you to have enough to share with a needy neighbour or just having lunch with a friend (this boosts your self esteem and you do not have to be embarrassed about not having food to share with others, when someone comes to visit)

IN fact, many of us dont enjoy a social life.  We don’t want people to know we dont have food for ourselves for anything to share.

In our society, we’ve learned to put a kettle on, serve tea or coffee or a cold drink when a pal or neighbor comes over to visit.

Some of us, cannot even feed ourselves, how are we expected to share with another?

Well it’s simple, let them know you’d LIKE to sHARE with them.  They can bring a tea bag, a cookie, or you can, if you share your food with more than one person, you can actually get enough for more of you.

An apple can feed 4 people (sliced in 12) feed with muffins, split in half or threes…

Bet you didn’t think like that.  A little of this and that is perfect for tea time 🙂

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lindas cupboard donation flyer – providing food for hundreds of people, food banks, soup kitchens, and needy families that are hungry

lindas cupboard donation flyer


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

“Linda’s Cupboard”

“Harry’s Mug”

“Lighthouse Diner”

“The Clothing Depot”

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Linda harold chisholm thank heartland forest niagara falls canada

Linda harold chisholm thank heartland forest niagara falls canada

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Harold linda chisholm thank you take 2

the idea girl says
i filmed us playing mini putt at heartland forest in niagara falls ontario canada
i’ve blogged those videos on idea girl canada wordpress on june 5 2017
here’s the list of them

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Daisy my toy poodle is itchy chews fleas off her leg

Daisy my toy poodle is itchy chews fleas off her leg


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