Christmas Street Lunch serves hot meals at Vernon Church

Volunteers were busy serving hot meals at the eighth annual festive street lunch at All Saints Anglican Church on Saturday December 17.

People packed the 27th Street Church Hall for a free turkey lunch, dessert, coffee and a goody bag full of scarves, hats, gloves, warm socks, a bag of candy and treats. a “fun item” of their choice.

Deena, who declined to have her last name released, said she has been coming to the annual event for several years.

“The meal is exquisite, the people, the service is exquisite, the food is made with love and we look forward to coming here every year. It just makes our Christmas,” Deena said. “When you eat your meal, you can taste the love that is put into every bite.”

Kelowna magician Leif David moved from table to table performing his mind-blowing tricks, while Jim Leonard played holiday music on his keyboard.

“The idea isn’t so much to fill your stomach, it’s more about bringing a little light and joy into people’s lives and hearts, even if it’s just for a short time. said Michael Robinson, lunch coordinator. “Helping people out is what it’s all about.”

Centerpieces and placemats at the tables featured the artwork of Beairsto Elementary School students.

The Street Lunch is not only reserved for the end of the year celebrations; lunch is set up every Saturday of the year from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Robinson sent a “huge thank you” to all of the groups that attend Saturday Street Lunch throughout the year, as well as those who donated to cover the goody bags. He also gave special thanks to Stussi Sport for donating hats to hand out.

Robinson said this year’s lunch was made possible through donations from the community. The organizers did not benefit from an event sponsor this year.

“We would like to have sponsorship next year,” he said. “It would be such a blessing for us.”

Brendan Shykora



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