Fundraising begins on soup kitchen project
NEW WATERFORD — Making sure no one goes hungry is the focus of one community group.
The Big Ridge Ranch Society is working to open a soup kitchen.
The society received a grant from Human Resources Skills Development Canada last year to fund a study which determined the need for a soup kitchen and homeless shelter in the community.
The group held tag days in New Waterford at various sites earlier this month. Other tag days will take place March 27 at the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission and June 18-19 at Sobeys.
As well a concert will be held in the AV room at Breton Education Centre, March 16. Tickets are $12.50. Venues to purchase tickets will be announced.
A special March break day for children will be held 1-4 p.m., March 17, at the BEC gym, for children ages three and up. Admission will be $10 for children, free for parents and guardians. Klutzy the Clown will be on hand with his bounce house, costume characters, junior slide, junior bouncers, maze, bungee racing, mega boxing and sumo wrestling.
The group currently has a rooming house for homeless people in the community and is working to set up a recovery house.
According to the group, statistics show that it costs $58 a night to keep a person in a homeless shelter in Halifax, compared to $210 a night in a mental health unit and $275 in prison.
If anyone would like more information or to assist, telephone Fred Milley at 862-3366.