Montreal kicks in to help On-Rock
Over the last few years the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in Montreal has run some ‘food drives’ for food banks in Montreal’s West Island. One of these food banks is “On Rock Ministries” which does an incredible job of continuously serving about 170 local less-fortunate families, people who would literally go hungry if not for their help. An example is a woman who lives in a flat near the food bank who cannot work due to mental illness. Her government pension cheque is almost the same as the rent for her subsidized flat. There’s nothing left over for food or even bus fare.
On Rock Ministries collects non-perishable food (cans, dry goods, etc.) from donors, such as the PBCC food drives, but they also get considerable quantities of perishable food from various food companies in the city. Until recently they had a commercial freezer about 8’ x 8’, but this was proving woefully inadequate for the quantity of food that they have to handle. The continuing supply of perishable food from food companies depends on them being able to remove production overruns from suppliers’ premises immediately, which requires having adequate storage space.
Recently they were able to acquire a large freezer from a store that was closing who let them have it for a reduced price when the store manager heard it was for a food bank. However, they ran up unexpectedly high bills to move and install the large freezer, which required major electrical installation work. Missing the chance to get this freezer would have meant that much less food would be available for those who need it, so the food bank’s pastor decided to get it anyway and “have faith that God would provide” the funds.
To assist with these efforts, the PBCC in Montreal canvassed its members and an amount of approximately $1700 was collected and donated to the food bank. Members were glad of the opportunity to do their part in supporting the community’s needy families.