Today, thanks to swift action by local businesses, a core group of about 50 tireless volunteers, and generous grants from the United Way, the Community Foundation for Lennox & Addington, and Prince Edward Lennox & Addington Social Services, Morningstar has shifted to a pickup and delivery model serving nearly 1,000 meals per week.
With our cooks and volunteers working from the Napanee Lion’s Club Hall location, we have dedicated teams performing dedicated tasks. These talented individuals continue to work miracles with menus, making the best use of donated food from local grocers, farmers, Lion Hearts, and others. With their ingenuity and flexibility we are able to provide delicious, nutritious meals with minimal food waste. Meal packaging and distribution teams and drivers do the rest: getting food to clients, many who are shut-ins with complex medical conditions.
COVID-19 has also ushered us into unprecedented spirit of partnership that has helped us to broaden our reach. In July we joined forces with the New Legacy Centre—a store-front, drop-in centre on the main street of Tamworth—and their volunteers are now distributing Morningstar meals in a previously under-serviced rural area. Land O’ Lakes Community Services has just recently come on board for weekly meal pickup beginning in October.
The good news is that we have creatively refined meal preparation processes, built capacity, and expanded the compassionate support we offer to people in need.
The bad news is that we know there are still many more people to reach and the call to respond to COVID-19—due to the health risks, social isolation, and economic devastation—is as important as ever.
If you wish to support Morningstar Relief Mission you can donate to us online by visiting our page on CanadaHelps.org. You can also mail your gift, or drop if off in person, to the Morningstar office at 59 Water Street, Napanee, K7R 1V5.