Our Food Cupboard is open every Wednesday and Friday from 9:30am to 12 noon. Thanks to food donations from Siloam, Arva, Rowntree United, Hillcrest elementary school and several special events such as birthdays and other parties, we donate food items to many families. But we could not do this with the food donations alone. We are forever thankful for the generous funding from the Sisters of St Joseph as well as cash donations.
Read the history of the Food Cupboard.
Helen Picard & Marion Clarke, long-time Food Cupboard volunteers
This program started with funding from the Westminster college foundation and continues to flourish. Every Wednesday, either ELUCO, Knollwood Baptist, Siloam United or Valleyview Mennonite volunteers meet at the Salvation Army Citadel on Huron street to prepare and serve a very hearty lunch to approximately 70 persons, primarily from north-east London.
The Glen Eagle Scholarship Fund has awarded grants to several post-secondary students from the Marconi Community over the last few years to help pay for their tuition or books, allowing them to continue their studies. We have helped many young people to meet their academic goals. One recent recipient graduated from Fanshawe in Recreation and Leisure and is now attending Brock University in Sports Management. Another student is in Political Science at Brock University with her sights set on Law School. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please contact Nancy Howard.
Growing Chefs! Ontario is a registered charity based in London, Ontario that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in children’s food education projects and is aimed at getting young people excited about wholesome, healthy food. This has been one of the most impactful programs offered to this community. In addition to being exposed to all the benefits of healthy eating, these kids have the opportunity to learn cooking, a life skill. They also got exposure to what might be a future career choice in their own lives.
Andrew Fleet, executive director of Growing Chefs, London, worked with Nancy Howard to develop a curriculum for ELUCO and discussed possible menus for the group. They arrive at the ELUCO location each week with large loads of cutting boards, pots, pans, burners and other tools. The chefs and their helpers lace their demonstrations with important food lessons.