Challenging economic times puts pressure on food security

$12,000 funding boost for hot meal program serving South Cariboo

Soupe de Tour volunteers and members of the Canadian Mental Health Association's South Cariboo Branch met with South Cariboo Health Foundation representatives at the 100 Mile House Community Kitchen on Dec. 3 for a $12

Soupe de Tour volunteers and members of the Canadian Mental Health Association's South Cariboo Branch met with South Cariboo Health Foundation representatives at the 100 Mile House Community Kitchen on Dec. 3 for a $12

A mobile hot meal program that serves people in the South Cariboo recently got a substantial contribution from the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF).

Members of the Canadian Mental Health Association-South Cariboo Branch, which, along with dedicated volunteers, runs a Soupe de Tour program that sees hot and nourishing soup prepared and delivered to those in need, received a $12,000 cheque in a presentation at the Community Kitchen in 100 Mile House on Dec. 3.

Susann Collins, a CMHA homeless outreach worker, says thousands have been served by the program.

Due to challenging economic times, the need for food security and the number of clients accessing the service has increased and is expected to increase in the coming year.

“This funding from the South Cariboo Health Foundation will cover the costs of renting the Lodge’s commercial kitchen, food supplies, a portion of transportation costs, and providing volunteer co-ordination.”

Chris Nickless, representing the SCHF, says the CMHA program fits with the health foundation’s mandate.

Soupe de Tour is a very worthwhile food program in the South Cariboo. If people don’t have food, they aren’t going to be healthy.”