by Rhonda Massad
The Bread Basket, a nonprofit organization, based in Pointe Claire, runs food security initiatives to empower people to feed themselves and their families. Last Saturday, October 1, saw more than 250 people get behind the cause to banish hunger on the West Island.
The Pointe Claire church, St. Columba, was packed with supporters at $25 a head at both lunch and dinner servings. Each participant received a warm bowl of soup in a hand-crafted pottery bowl donated by local crafters. Fresh bread was served and live music played.
This year in addition to the soup serving, 36 cyclists took to the streets guided by Velo Club Dorval to support the cause.
According to Nadia Prevost, President of the Board of Directors for Empty Bowls more than 90 litres of homemade soup were consumed.
“I made about 80 to 90 litres of soup and homemade bread,” Prevost stated. “We had some soup donated as well.”
The selection was extensive in both soup and bread with six kinds of soup and more than six kinds of bread. Apples and drinks were also served to compliment the lunch.
To combat the problem of food insecurity, the Bread Basket works collaboratively and in partnership with municipalities, community organizations and the business community to reach those in need and to foster innovative and effective solutions.
Information on The Bread Basket can be found at https://breadbasket.wordpress.com