When the Warm Welcome Kitchen served their first meal last November, they weren't too sure how well it would be received. However, it quickly grew and plans were made to continue to the end of March. But after additional donations came in and the need stayed the same, the decision was made to go on until the end of June.
Kitchen Coordinator Christina Farquar credits good budgeting and lots of donations coming as the reason why they were able to keep their doors open
"With the Good Friday Service, we had quite an influx of donations with that. So the board had decided just to carry on."
"The need stayed up. We still were serving over 30 people each meal. They figured we still had the money, we can continue."
"We'll break for the summer, July and August and we'll come back in September."
She added that the reaction from the people both in the community who support it and those who use it has been overwhelmingly positive.
"The people are just thrilled. There are so many people in need and there's still those not using it. Hopefully, when the fall comes, we'll see new people coming."
"Everybody is happy. The meals are good, they get healthy servings and nobody goes away hungry."
Farquar couldn't say enough about the support of all the volunteers as well.
"We couldn't do this without the volunteers. They're awesome. They come early, they stay late, they do whatever needs to be done and with a smile on their face."
The Kitchen's last day will be on June 28th and they will start back up again on September 4th.