What is the community meal program?
The community meal program was conceived in 2009 to provide a weekly meal for people in need in our community. All meals are provided by various service clubs, corporate groups and faith groups in the Newmarket/ Aurora area. We typically serve between 60 and 90 guests.
When and where does the community meal take place?
Today at IFTC, the community meal operates 52 weeks a year, every Friday from 4:30 PM to 6:000 PM. Meals are served in the Community Hall all and offer a great chance for our guests to socialize. On a number of occasions our groups have included musicians who have entertained guests during the meal. In addition take-home meals are given for those who may be unable to come out for the meal.
Who is responsible for preparing the food for the community meal?
Each week a different group plans the menu, purchases the food, does the food preparation in the kitchen at IFTC and serves our guests.
2018 groups providing for the community meal
- Victory Baptist Church
- Newmarket Lions Club
- LAT Fit and Well
- Empire Green Lawn Sprinklers
- St. James Anglican Church
- Trinity United Church
- Vince's Markets
- St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
- York Region Children's Aid Society
- Quaker Society of Friends
- Loveena Tauro Group
- Bethel Christian Community Church
- Community Housing Network
- Tzu Chi Foundation of Canada
- Gillian Dalton Group
- Newmarket Stingrays Swim Team
- Rotary Interact Club
- New Hope Methodist Church
- Aurora Orthodontics
- Church of Christ International
- Nadi Ram Group
- Alive Church, Newmarket
- Grace Church Newmarket
- Baha'i Community
- Bill Gosling Outsourcing
- Dinnerz Done
- Canadian Federation of University Women
- Newmarket Community Church
- Ecole secondaire Norval-Moriseau
- Juli & Wes Playter
- Southlake Emergency Department
- Holy Trinity School
The program is also supported by a group of core volunteers from IFTC, who setup and cleanup after the guests leave.
An invitation to participate
Each Friday we served a nutritious dinner form 4:30 to 6:00 which is open to everyone in our community. These meals are provided by corporate groups, faith groups, service clubs and groups of family or friends. These Providing Groups shop, prepare and serve the meal and typically spend from $325.00 upwards and plan for 100 to 110 plates of food. A group of Inn From the Cold volunteers manage beverages and set up and clean up tasks.
Our 2019 schedule is full but we welcome new groups for our 2020 schedule. And as well donations to this program are always welcome. Tax receipts are available to those purchasing the food.
Our thanks to John Howard Society of York Region who annually have provided funds to support the community meal program.
For more information contact Martha Berry 905.895.8889 ext 221 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org