Food banks and other organizations that serve the poor and disadvantaged are suffering now. The donations that we normally give each week to Simcoe Hall are not happening during the Covid-19 pandemic. The following are ways that the parish can donate at this time:
Monetary donations to Simcoe Hall Food Bank, The Refuge, Gate 3:16 and The Back Door Mission can all be made through Canada Helps. This is probably the best way to help and to avoid any unnecessary contact.
These are the dates, times and restricted hours due to Covid-19 to drop off food donations to each charity:
• The Back Door Mission’s (Simcoe Street United Church, 66 Simcoe Street S.,) hours have changed and are now as follows: 9am-7pm for bathroom use, meals are everyday as well between 10am-1pm operating 7 days a week. The pantry and clothing items are available between 10am-1pm from Monday-Friday.
• The Refuge, 300 Court Street, Daily 9 am-6 pm
• Simcoe Hall Food Bank, The building behind the old house at 387 Simcoe Street S., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 am-11:30 am and 1 pm-3 pm
• Gate 3:16 , 64 Albany Street in Oshawa just slightly east of Simcoe Street south; north of the 401. Breakfast is Monday – Thursday 8-10am, Lunch is Tues and Wed 11:30-1 pm, Dinner is Monday and Thursday 3:30-5 pm, Friday the Gate is closed. All meals are take out. “Gate 3:16 Outreach Centre would like to offer their support to anyone who is struggling under the stresses of Covid Pandemic. We will offer either our take out meals, or, a few food items to help get you through. Just present yourself at our side door, up the ramp and knock hard three times and we will open the door to serve you. We truly wish to give back to our supporting churches and helping our brothers and sisters in need. May the good Lord , in His precious love and care continue to provide to everyone in His gracious love and compassion.”