Homelessness group offering Valentine’s Day dinner for free

A free Valentine’s dinner is offered tonight (Feb. 14) by Nanaimo’s Working Group on Homelessness.

The event, 4:30-7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church hall, 100 Chapel St., is sponsored by the working group, the Nanaimo region John Howard Society and the City of Nanaimo.

“The traditional symbol of valentines is the heart, and what better way to show that the community has heart than to provide a hot meal to those who may lack the means to cook for themselves,” said France Tellier, John Howard Society executive director, in a press release.

With volunteers and donations from the community, the cost of providing a sit-down dinner to as many as 200 people is significantly reduced. Funding from the Vancouver Island Health Authority to address homelessness also helps.

“When someone has no place to live they also have no place to cook and prepare food,” said John Horn, city social planner. “This event provides a chance for individuals to share a good home-cooked meal with others in the same situation.”

Organizers welcome the support or participation of residents who can help with donations or by helping with setup, serving or cleanup.  Anyone interested can contact Cheryl Dodge of the Nanaimo region John Howard Society, at 250-754-1266.

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