The Prayer Palace

March 26, 2007 07:47 ET

Families at Risk of Losing Support from Food Bank

Prayer Palace spokespersons respond to the fallout of the Toronto Star allegations

Attention: City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - March 26, 2007) - For the past several years The Prayer Palace has been working with a local food bank donating and distributing food to over 1,150 families in the community. This past year that number has grown to 1,272 families. "After the story broke out in the Star, I received information reporting that major supporters of the food bank were threatening to cut off their support," says Sabina Escobar, a staff member at The Prayer Palace.

Throughout these years, The Prayer Palace has held quarterly food drives of their own at Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and 2 Can Sundays, combining a minimum of 1200 items raised per event with the food bank's to help meet the needs of these 1,272 families.

"Both the physical needs and spiritual needs of an individual are important to us and this is just one of the ways that The Prayer Palace addresses the physical needs of those in the community. As part of the ministry of The Prayer Palace we support and encourage our congregants to be involved in practical ways like this," says Frank Fernandes, a member of The Prayer Palace board of directors, "And if support is withheld, The Prayer Palace will do everything it can so that families don't suffer."

The work of The Prayer Palace has not gone without notice. Mayor David Miller on the occasion of Pastor Paul Melnichuk's 70th birthday said "Together with Kathy...and the congregation of The Prayer Palace, you have helped make a difference in many lives and our City a better place."


Frank Fernandes (a director of The Prayer Palace board) and Dave Ramnath (senior advisor to the board of directors) are available for interviews. To schedule an interview contact:

Peter Turkington
Direct Phone: 905.901.9218

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