A public meeting will be held to look for people willing to help form a society to manage the soup kitchen and lunch program.
A meeting at St. Patrick’s Anglican Church at 6:30 p.m. on March 12 will hopefully result in the formation of a new society called the Fort St. James Christian Outreach Group to operate the soup kitchen and food bank.
Reverend Gwen Andrews said the operation would not change, and is already being done by a number of dedicated volunteers.
However the organization would change so the soup kitchen could be run semi-independently of the church itself.
While the church makes the space available, and Reverend Andrews and her husband both also volunteer to help run the lunch program, there are many groups working together to make the soup kitchen and food bank run, including Fireweed Collective Society, Camp Living Water, the Free E Church, and the Roman Catholic Church.
The goal would be to set up a society run by a board with its own bank account, so the finances of the soup kitchen facility could be independent of the church itself and apply for charitable status eventually as well.
Anyone with questions or interested in helping can contact Reverend Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-567-6744.