Our Deacon, the Reverend Lizz Lindsay, is the Executive Director of Sharing Abundance.
We offer welcoming places where food and community meet. Our programs address food insecurity and social isolation felt by many members of our community. All of our facilities are wheelchair accessible and close to public transit.
Our guests include all members of the community working and not, families, teens, students, seniors, those on disability pensions, new Canadians and veterans. The community programs are intergenerational and culturally diverse serving many folks on the margins. Everyone is welcome whether they choose to donate towards the cost of their meal or not. Some of our guests volunteer at programs and many of our volunteers join our guests in a meal at their table.
Each program has a chef/program manager who is paid a small stipend to plan, shop, prepare and serve tasty, nutritious meals to our guests. They also keep a record of the number of guests and meal served. The programs would not be possible without the support of the many dedicated volunteers who help us every week at our various locations. Our volunteers are seniors and students.
Sharing Abundance is funded by donations from some of our programs participants, donors and community partners. We received grants from the City of North Vancouver, of District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver and the North Shore Community Foundation. The Lynn Valley Lions Club and Lynn Valley Save on Foods fund our Christmas meals. Sacre-Davey Engineering and Lawyers West are corporate donors, the Royal Canadian Legion Branches 44, 60, 114, and 118, local churches donate as well.
Community partners hosting programs do so without cost keeping our overhead under control. We are also grateful for the support of Cobs Edgemont Bakery, Trumps Bakery, The British Butcher, West Coast Mongrams and the collaborative support of the folks at Table Matters.