A trial run will be held this weekend to help fill a gap in meals being offered to Moose Jaw's food insecure.
On Saturday, February 4, a sit-down hot meal will be served between 4 pm and 5 pm at the Salvation Army downtown location at 175 1st Ave NE. On Sunday, February 5, a bag meal will be handed out from the same location from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Della Ferguson is a member of the City of Moose Jaw Cold Weather Strategy.
"We have such an amazing community," she said. "We brought agencies together for the Cold Weather Strategy, just looking for warming spaces and overnight spaces and food as we were going through these cold months. The Food Strategy, we took them into a separate committee to really define that and to recognize what is available so that everyone knew clearly what's available and then, where were the gaps? In our latest meeting, it was shown that one of the gaps was, in fact, the supper times on the weekends. Collaboration and our community came together and I can't say enough about these organizations and churches that have stepped into this and are working together to ensure that those who are food insecure, have food available."
The food and prep resources are being provided by Hunger in Moose Jaw with some help provided through the Moose Jaw & District Foodbank.
"It's teamwork all the way," added Ferguson. "At the Food Advisory Committee meeting, it was just a beautiful sense of collaboration and really putting it all out there and letting folks know if there's access, then we're going to let you know and if there are needs, please ask and just that sense of how we can work together better and communicate fully so that we can have an uninterrupted flow of service."
Volunteers are required for both days.
Those interested can contact Reverend Tim Ellis at Zion United Church (306-631-0082).