Calling all soup lovers.
Starting this week (Feb. 3) and every Friday for the rest of the month those wanting a hearty midday meal can take advantage of the annual Lent Lunch program.
In support of the Discovery House recovery centre, for $5 visitors will receive a delicious bowl of homemade and gourmet soup, a Cobb’s bun and hot drink. Soup refills are just $2.
“It’s a fundraiser for Discovery House and also as kind of a thanks to the Catholic church because St. Ann’s Parish and St. John Vianney Church have provided that house that we’re in now for a dollar a year for the past 11 years ” said Discovery executive director Jerome Abraham about the Wade Avenue property.
In October of last year City Council gave the go ahead for a zoning change allowing Discovery to move from it’s current five-bed location to a new facility at 633 Winnipeg St. more than doubling its current size.
Discovery House is an alcohol and drug addiction treatment centre for men, providing a live-in service and support programming.
Lent is a religious observance particularly among the Catholic faith where food is eaten sparingly, or observers give up certain foods or activities altogether for a 40-day period (not including Sundays).
“So for the lunches we provide some meatless soups and the kind of the joke we have about it is you don’t have suffer to participate just come and have some soup the soup’s so good,” said Abraham. “Unlike some of our other events that are more high energy, this one is kind of low key, I know it doesn’t sound super exciting but once people go they’re really stoked about it.
“It’s very relaxed and there a communal tables of eight so you get to meet people.”
The venue has changed this year, instead of St. Ann’s it is at St. John Vianney Church, just down the street from Discovery House at 361 Wade St.
Soups are made by Discovery residents through their food nutrition program, and many other people who donate their talents to the cause.
Abraham is especially appreciative to the many people who help make the project a success each year.