Feed the Community began in the summer of 2015 when members of The Humanity Project and What Kids Need Moncton came together to fill a gap that was noticed in the system, in relation to food security. Although there are soup kitchens and food banks in the community, they were unable to sufficiently provide for members of our community who are struggling to provide for themselves, and their families.
This initiative began during a 2 week period when a local soup kitchen and food bank were both closed. Both organizations began receiving messages from many community members asking if there was any help that could be provided. The initial goal was simply to provide meals during this 2 week period, and volunteers began serving their first meals from the parking lot of a local gas station. This is when the true depth of the problem was realized.
The availability of meals is of particular concern for the members of our community who are homeless. The inability to access a food bank without an address, as well as a lack of necessary means to cook or refrigerate food is a reality for the homeless population. This inevitably leads to complete reliance on soup kitchens to provide for nutritional needs. Unfortunately, the soup kitchens that were available in our community were only open Monday through Friday during the lunch hour. This left a gap for suppers and weekends. Several churches in the area alternate providing a supper meal on Sundays, as they had also noticed that there was a gap in services.
Relying completely on community support, Feed the Community currently feeds between 600-1,000 people every week from the former MCA building at 358 Lutz St. Meals are served Monday through Friday at 5 pm, as well as Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12pm.