SOURCE: Our Place Society

Our Place Society

December 22, 2015 10:30 ET

Our Place Preps for Giant Christmas Meal

Over 1,000 Vulnerable People Expected for Turkey Dinner

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - December 22, 2015) - When it comes to Christmas dinner, Our Place needs a lot of prep time. That's because its kitchen staff and volunteers expect to feed over 1,000 hungry people.

As manager of food services at Our Place, Brian Cox is a pro at creating tasty meals for the masses on a limited budget. And thanks to the extra support of donors during the festive season, he's able to get his hands on 450 kg of turkey, 225 kg of potatoes, 110 kg of stuffing, 100 kg of vegetables, 115 litres of gravy, 25 kg of cranberry sauce, 125 pies and over 1,500 cups of coffee.

"I love it," Cox says with a near ear-to-ear grin. "The Our Place family really appreciates that we deliver such a special feast for them at this important time of year."

Our Place has seen a dramatic rise in meals served this winter with November hitting a new high of 63,000 meals, or approximately 2,100 meals per day.

"Christmas is all about family," says Don Evans, executive director of Our Place. "And for those people living in poverty, we're often the closest family they have. We want everyone to know they are loved and cared for."

Local politicians, community leaders and volunteers will help serve over 1,000 Christmas meals to Greater Victoria's homeless and most vulnerable at Our Place's annual holiday meal on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

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  • On Tuesday, Dec. 22, local politicians and community leaders will help dish up a delicious meal from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. that is expected to serve around 1,000 of Victoria's less fortunate citizens.

Our Place is an inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria's most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, individuals with mental health and physical challenges, and the homeless. It provides 45 transitional housing units, over 1,600 meals per day, hot showers, free clothing, counseling and outreach services. Most importantly, it provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.

Event: Christmas Community Meal

When: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 11am - 2pm (Prep from 9:30am - 10:30am)

Where: Our Place Society, 919 Pandora Ave, Victoria


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