City charity gets major grant

Red Deer charity Loaves and Fishes is celebrating a $265,000 provincial grant, received for much-needed renovation work.

Cook Morris MacDougall

Red Deer charity Loaves and Fishes is celebrating a $265,000 provincial grant, received for much-needed renovation work.

But executive administrator Melinda Lantz is cautioning that this money is earmarked for building projects only — not for the free meals that Loaves and Fishes provides to people in need.

“It’s very exciting to get the grant, but we want everyone to know we still need help,” said Lantz, who noted her organization serves free meals three to four days a week to 90 to 150 people.

The charity also delivers emergency food hampers for the Salvation Army and food bank, provides lunches to some schools, food delivery to shut-ins, transportation and bus tickets for low-income people in urgent situations, and counselling whenever needed.

Assistant director Halina Jarvis believes donations to Loaves and Fishes have fallen off since the public learned of the provincial grant. But she wants supporters to know that the $265,000 can’t be used to pay for operational expenses, such as keeping up with higher demand for food programs in a failing economy. “There is a huge socioeconomic problem,” said Jarvis, who is seeing many more men over 30 who have lost their jobs and are in dire straits.

Money from the Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs Department’s affordable housing program is pegged for roofing, flooring, painting, kitchen and exterior renovations to the Loaves and Fishes building, as well as new windows, doors, painting and foundation work on Genesis House, a transitional home for former homeless men that’s in bad shape.

In addition to the $265,00 grant, the charity must still fundraise for $113,000 to cover all the reno project costs.

For more information about Loaves and Fishes programs, call 403-347-1844.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer’s crisis line workers are busy dealing with multiple emergencies

Callers need everything from mental health counselling to their basic needs met

Restaurant Brands International announces executive changes and raises dividend

TORONTO — Restaurant Brands International Inc. raised its dividend as it announced… Continue reading

Puck and player tracking gets TV test at All-Star Weekend

Twenty-three years after Fox’s glowing puck made its debut, the NHL’s next… Continue reading

Some Alberta minor hockey players getting heat for Indigenous locker room dance

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association has apologized… Continue reading

Not a fly-over province: Trudeau making frequent stops in Saskatchewan

LA LOCHE, Sask. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to visit… Continue reading

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Edmonton Oilers fire general manager Peter Chiarelli: reports

EDMONTON — Peter Chiarelli has been fired as general manager of the… Continue reading

Canadian Milos Raonic has Australian Open run end in quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia — Canadian Milos Raonic is done at the Australian Open… Continue reading

$20K pay gap between women, men in Canadian tech jobs

The report defines tech workers as people either producing or making extensive use of technology, regardless of industry

Two Quebec short-film directors mark first Oscar nominations together

TORONTO — Two Quebec filmmakers celebrated in solidarity on Tuesday after learning… Continue reading

Toronto illustrator teams up with Paul McCartney on children’s book

Toronto-based illustrator Kathryn Durst says she’s found a true collaborator in Paul… Continue reading

Catholic student says he didn’t disrespect Native American

Many saw the white teenagers, who had travelled to Washington for an anti-abortion rally, appearing to mock the Native Americans

Backlund scores OT winner for Calgary Flames in 3-2 win over Carolina Hurricanes

Flames 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT) CALGARY — Mikael Backlund scored 15 seconds… Continue reading

Glendening’s two-goal performance leads Red Wings past Oilers 3-2

Red Wings 3, Oilers 2 EDMONTON — Luke Glendening had a pair… Continue reading

Most Read