House of Lazarus

Description of the proposed project:

 

  • The activity/activities of the project
    Operation Backpack provides students of at-risk families with food to eat on the weekends. The goal of this program is to provide students with a nutritious supply of food including fresh produce and on-the -shelf milk each week. Special attention is made to ensure that food items are high in protein and fibre as these foods keep children full longer and feel more energetic. Presently, over 110 students are given a backpack filled with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 snacks each Friday as they leave school.
  • The community need the project will address
    When we surveyed our food bank clients 49% of them told us that they are personally hungry each month because they cannot afford to buy food. 39% told us that they go whole days without food. Operation Backpack provides a new source of food for children who are in need.
  • The change the project will bring to the community
    Children who typically have little food on the weekends now are have a nutritious supply of food. They show up to school on Mondays ready to learn. Their parents feel less stress in their lives knowing that there is extra food in the house; they can stretch their food dollars farther.

 

What is the estimated cost of this project?: $9576

What is the estimated date of completion if this group receives the donation?: June 2020

How will completion of this project directly benefit the residents of South Dundas?:

Currently we provide 84 students with backpacks of food in South Dundas. The donation of $9576 would provide these students with a backpack of food September - June (38 school weeks).

What do you know about this organization that you wish everyone knew?:

House of Lazarus is a food bank and outreach mission located in Mountain, serving hundreds of clients from surrounding communities, including all of Dundas County, Grenville County and South Ottawa. Last year, 600 people were fed through HOL’s food bank, while 2,630 people were provided with food, clothing, furniture, and household goods through its outreach programming. A community-supported venture, House of Lazarus does not rely on government funding. It’s through HOL thrift stores, grants, donations, and fundraisers that its projects and programs happen.