We have been serving our community for over 35 years…
Food Security Program
The Mission’s Food Security Program (FSP) is a program that helps supplement the diets of individuals and families in need. The people that access our program are at risk due to low-income, chronic illness, mental illness, disability, addiction, homelessness, and/or school-aged. The FSP provides food and nutrition assistance at no cost, and people do not need to register to access our services, which makes our program unique and accessible in Vernon.
Adequate nutrition is an essential determinate of health. Our goal is to provide healthy meals to those that do not have the resources or tools to cook or feed themselves or their families.Through our food security program, we are able to build relationships with those accessing our services, and in turn, we can assist them in other aspects of their lives.
We provide warmth, companionship, and the shared communal experience of dining with others, which can be especially valued by people such as widowers or the homeless. Seniors may also be at risk of social isolation and loneliness. Our FSP and day shelter provide social supports, a safe place for people to access throughout the day while improving their health outcomes and quality of life.
Starting Monday, October 21, 2019, the URM will only be serving breakfast and dinner.
- Breakfast: 9:30 am to 10:30 am
- Dinner: 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Lunch will no longer be served, but we will still continue to put out fresh fruits, veggies and bread daily.
The changes to meal times are temporary but will remain until further notice.
Healthy Snack Program
Through our Food Security Program, we also run a very special program, dedicated specifically to our community’s children and youth.The Mission’s Healthy Snack Program helps feed over 400 hungry school-aged children in our school district.The goal is to provide nutritious food items so students are able to make healthy food choices, have increased concentration throughout the day, boost their mental performance, as well as assist them in maintaining a healthy weight.
We have partnered up with one elementary school, which is the most impoverished school in Vernon. Every week, we work with school staff to provide students with healthy breakfast items, as well as snacks that they can access throughout the day. Food items we provide consist of dairy items – milk, yogurts, cheese; breakfast items – a variety of cereals; oatmeal; bagels; peanut butter; jam, fruits, vegetables, granola bars and other snack foods. We purchase and deliver these items to the school every Monday for the entire school year.
We also supply breakfast items and snacks to two high schools. Items such as bagels, ramen noodle soups, macaroni & cheese, granola bars; anything that can be easily cooked or microwaved, we supply to the schools. Our program also sponsors a Vocations Classroom at one of the high schools. The classroom is comprised of a variety of students with diverse learning needs. We supply items such as baking ingredients, staples, and grocery items to make basic meals. By supporting this class, the students are taught functional skills of cooking and get a warm meal at the same time.
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