Community lunches are now being offered at Peace Portal Alliance Church on the last Wednesday of every month. (Dan Gold/Unsplash photo)

Lunch organizers optimistic appetite for South Surrey meal will increase

Peace Portal Alliance fare offered last Wednesday of the month

There’s a new community lunch in town – but word of it is spreading slower than organizers were hoping.

Launched in February at Peace Portal Alliance Church in South Surrey, the home-cooked meal is offered on the last Wednesday of the month, starting at 12:30 p.m.

“Absolutely” everyone is welcome, said Dane Watson, the church member who got the ball rolling.

“We were hoping to reach seniors, low-income – those in need,” Watson said Friday.

While the number of attendees so far has been low – 12 in February and 14 in March – Watson said it’s clear the effort has been appreciated. At last month’s lunch, two diners came up to shake his hand and say thank you; another said the food was “better than going to a first-class restaurant.”

“I thought that was so nice to hear,” he said.

Watson hasn’t pinpointed exactly why attendance has been low, but he’s optimistic it will pick up.

“We’re not disappointed. We’re happy to be having two, three or four,” he said. “We prepare for 50. It’ll eventually get there.”

The excess food, Watson noted, does not go to waste, as it is donated to the women’s shelter. Peace Portal Alliance Church is located at 15128 27B Ave.



tholmes@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Khan Michael Bourne, of Sechelt, shot dead in Surrey

Police say Bourne was found laying on the ground, with gunshot wounds

Surrey Historical Society holds ‘memory social’ Sunday

Gathering will be a chance to offer, share stories

Drowning victim fondly remembered

Immigration consultant Jay Atienza Razon, who worked out of Newton, drowned in a kayaking accident March 29

Sisters, sexual abuse and one Surrey family’s bond in new movie ‘Because We Are Girls’

Cloverdale’s Jeeti Pooni led effort to create the documentary, set to debut at festivals

VIDEO: Surrey stabbing leaves man with ‘potentially life altering injuries’

Police believe an altercation between two people led to the incident, in the 13700-block of 97A Ave.

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C. woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Can you put your phone down for Mother’s Day?

#DiningMode campaign encourages people to leave the phone alone while eating

Most Read