Thursday (April 19) was the 15th Annual Bean Blast where volunteers serve up a baked bean lunch at St. Anne’s Centre with proceeds going to support the Community Fellowship Dinners. Ontario White Bean Producers is among several sponsors of the spring-time event which features yummy slow-baked beans, door prizes and entertainment.
Originally Trinity Anglican Church spearheaded the project and other churches quickly came on board to support the dinners. They are held at Trinity Anglican Church (lunch on the 2nd Friday of the month and dinner on the 3rd Friday of the month).
Cathy says the organization has found that in the last four or five years, high unemployment in the local area has impacted on many people’s ability to feed their families in a nutritious way – the program makes a significant difference. Aside from the fellowship, friendship and nutritious food offered, Cathy says there are other important benefits: “It is great for networking, gives a place for people to find out about social services or to obtain household items” and “starting with the first meal in May, the mobile clinic for the Central Community Health Centre will be parked outside as another resource.”
Placemats provided for the lunch at St. Anne’s include a statement, “Bean Blast 2012 Reflects A Caring Community at Work.” It’s a great way to raise some funds and awareness as those involved begin another year of people quietly helping people. For more information call 519-633-0518.