Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus; AND it turns out, there IS such a thing as a free lunch too! (through the fall and winter months at any rate)
Everyday at 11:00 AM in the Beaches and Upper Beaches area of Toronto - at five different locations - in and around Queen Street East, Kingston Road and Victoria Park - there is a free lunch program at one of the areas faith centres (Catholic, United and Hebrew).
See complete info in the table below.
From Beach United Church's website:
Beach Interfaith Lunch Program and Outreach Committee
The Beach Interfaith Lunch Program is a drop-in lunch that takes place at different church locations throughout the week, offering a nutritious meal and fellowship to low income, homeless friends, or anyone who is hungry. Volunteers are always needed. Donations of non-perishable food items (especially canned tuna) are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the church office. The Beach Interfaith Outreach Committee consists of eight east-end places of worship who meet monthly to keep in touch with each other and share individual activities. It also provides a forum for feedback on how the drop in lunch programs are going and to bring ideas on other tasks we could take on to assist our community. Beach United Church provides lunch on Tuesdays west site and Thursdays east site, throughout the year; one day per week through the summer months.
Mondays: Corpus Christi Catholic Church
Tuesdays: Beach United Church (West)
Wednesdays: The Synagogue
Thursdays: Beach United Church (East)
Fridays: Kingston Road United Church
Update: September 13th 2010
Today I stopped by Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Queen and talked the the building superintendent and he told me the lunch program at Corpus Christi starts on Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 11th 2010. I'm not sure how late into the spring the program goes but I'll hazard a guess, March 2011.
I'll find out more as we go forward into the colder months and post better information. Also I'm going to expand this blog page to include more east end food programs. If your congregation or community group has a program and you want it included email me (michaelholloway111[at]gmail.com) and I'll include it in the table and build a map.
DAY TIME ADDRESS NAME
(click to see map)
Monday 11:00 - 1:00 16 LOCKWOOD RD Corpus Christi Catholic Church
Tuesday 11:00 - 1:00 2 BELLEFAIR AV Beach United Church (West)
Wednesday 11:00 - 1:00 109 KENILWORTH AV The Synagogue
Thursday 11:00 - 1:00 140 WINEVA AV Beach United Church (East)
Friday 11:00 - 1:00 975 KINGSTON RD Kingston Road United Church