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Fundraiser Dinner at St. Thomas Anglican

As I’ve written before, my work as a priest has a large food element to it. One thing that goes along with any kind of food outreach ministry, is fundraising. Fundraising can be a challenging activity and I like to get involved with a fundraiser that supports other organizations. That’s one of the reasons I like to promote Fall Suppers. Let’s hope they return this fall.

Fundraiser supper dish
My dish from the St. Thomas Fundraiser Supper.

Yesterday, St. Thomas Anglican Church, in the Weston neighbourhood of Winnipeg, held their fundraiser dinner. This dinner was in support of their neighbourhood takeout meal program. St. Thomas has been offering meals for a while now, but with the onset of Covid-19, that kicked into high gear. Currently they serve about 200 meals to 60 families, on a weekly basis. These are pre-ordered and picked up at the church. All say a little bit more later on in the post. You can also find out more by clicking the above links. 

My Fundraiser Ham Dinner

The dinner was advertised through St. Thomas’s website and Facebook Page. I placed my order and paid by e-transfer, and then when yesterday came around I showed up during my time slot to pick up the meal. I chatted a bit with the woman handing out the meal. She said this might be on the larger size of the meals they served, but was representative of the meals they were serving the community.

My meal consisted of ham, scalloped potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and a pineapple chutney. The ham comes from Maple Leaf Foods, who have partnered with St. Thomas in this effort. There was a good portion of the ham, and it was the off the bone variety. The potatoes and vegetables still had some snap to them when you bit into them, and the pineapple chutney added a nice, sweet element to the meal. A simple meal, and quite delicious.

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A selection of soft and crispy cookies for the fundraiser dessert.

I was surprised to find that there was also a dozen cookies in my order. The cookies had not been advertised on the poster. However, when I was picking up my order, the woman who handed it to me said that desserts were something they had started to add to the meals. 

My tray contained a dozen cookies. They were half crispy and half chewy. I really liked that combination.

Dinner for Dinners

While the fundraiser dinner has passed, the community meal service still continues. The meals and the craft bags that St. Thomas serves to the community at no charge. If you are interested in helping out, the church website has contact information. Even as Covid-19 seems to be loosening its grip, food insecurity continues to tighten its grip on the lives of many people. 

In addition to the meals they serve, St. Thomas has also partnered with Winnipeg Harvest, to help provide groceries. So, if you like their Facebook page, you can be kept informed of what’s going on, and of other fundraiser opportunities, and good meals. 

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.