IMPORTANT NOTICE - February 10, 2021
The St Vincent de Paul Society of Kingston is offering a hot lunch “to go” between the hours of 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, Monday – Friday, for those in need of food. Our Emergency Food Pantry is opened to anyone in the community in need of food. No appointment is necessary. Our Wearhouse is open Monday to Friday from 9 am -1 pm. Masks are required in the facility. We can only have 3 people in the Wearhouse accessing services at a time. There may be a wait time to access this program.
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The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Kingston is mandated to provide practical assistance and support to individuals and families residing in the Kingston area. All services are provided in a compassionate and respectful manner, which reflects and reinforces the dignity and humanity of all persons.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been decided that the best way to care for our clients is to reduce their risk of exposure. Many of the people who come to us for support suffer from pre-existing health problems. We have been challenged with the dilemma of providing food to those in need and keeping our people safe from unnecessary exposure to the virus. In response to this challenge,
- We will be providing a bagged lunch to anyone who comes to our door for food. This hot lunch “to go” will be available between 10 am and 12:30 pm, Monday to Friday. We ask that people maintain a safe distance from each other (2 metres) while waiting to receive the lunch provided.
- Our Emergency Food Pantry is available for anyone in our community who needs some food. This program can be accessed at the front building on Stephen Street.
- Our clothing Wearhouse is now open and we are able to serve three people at a time. We apologize for any inconvenience as there may be some wait time in accessing the Wearhouse.
In March of 2020, I had written that the measures taken to deal with the threat of Covid 19 were in place for the next three weeks. If only that had been the case. Here we are, one year into this pandemic and still having to adjust our service delivery to meet the need and the restrictions. The good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It has also been a blessing to all of us that we were able to remain open. In 2020, our meal program saw a 49 % increase in the number of meals served. This increase in demand was met with strong support from our Kingston community. We are grateful for this support. We look forward optimistically to the coming months knowing that we will have a vaccine in the arms of our most vulnerable community members and hopefully a return to how it used to be. I predict we will be more appreciative of each other's company.
- Judy Fyfe