The Soup Kitchen
Niagara Falls Community Outreach is a volunteer based charitable organization in the eyes of Revenue Canada. Our volunteers are all ages ranging from students in grade 7 to grandparents. Approximately 300 dedicated people from various churches, organizations, and the public at large give generously of their time and talent to make this program possible. A Board of Directors is elected annually and oversees the operation of the program. By-laws, guidelines and an operation manual are in place in order to ensure compliance of health and safety standards as well as proper ordinance of the facility in order to fulfill our duties of providing exceptional services to our clients.
The goal of the Niagara Falls Community Outreach Program is to alleviate the pain of hunger and homelessness by providing nutritious meals, other basic supplies and emergency shelter free of charge to persons of low income in an atmosphere of acceptance and safety. The organization is carried on without purpose of gain for its members and any profits or other gains to the organization are used in promoting these objectives.
In 2008, the Community Kitchen, with 23 years experience, merged with the Out of the Cold Program which had been operating for 15 years. Both programs had similar mission statements which highlighted the urgency to help those less fortunate; to alleviate the inequities faced by many Niagara residents; and ultimately to come together as a community to provide support, strength, and a helping hand to our friends facing hardship. The merge allowed for wiser use of human and financial resources.
Who We Serve
Our guests are a cross section of society including all ages from single mothers with new babies to lonely senior citizens. Many face the challenges of unemployment, seasonally based employment, or fixed incomes. Some are dealing with physical, emotional, or mental challenges. Anyone in need is welcome, and may come to be fed with no personal questions asked.
In a one year period, over 42,000 nutritious meals are served at an average cost of $3.50 per serving. We provide a private room every Thursday for an Outreach Nurse to facilitate easy access to healthcare. Representatives from Niagara Falls Community Health Centre and Mental Health Units also drop by on a weekly basis to visit with guests and address concerns before they become critical. Anyone seeking shelter is connected with another agency and transportation is provided. Yearly costs are over $100,000. Every dollar counts and is used wisely!
We depend upon the generosity of churches, businesses, social clubs, and individuals in the community. We also organize fundraising events that further support our organization. Niagara Falls Community Outreach is an independent charitable organization in the eyes of Revenue Canada with a registered number.