PIT Stop Outreach Program – Celebrating 20 Years in 2017

Contact: Coordinator Rick  pitstop@kamloopsunited.ca

Purpose: To provide a hot, nutritious, served meal to our guests each Sunday afternoon. Our guests include seniors, youths, families and adults, many who may be marginalized or street entrenched community members. We strive to reduce the impacts of poverty by providing food and support in a caring and safe environment.

In 2017: 8550 meals were served – approximately a 10% increase over 2016.

– 25 different teams served in 2017 with 5 teams volunteering for the first time – RBC did Easter Sunday serving 209 guests and donated $1,000 – United Steelworkers did Thanksgiving Sunday serving 304 guests and donated $1250 – Christmas dinner was served by Rotary Daybreak along with Kamloops Swim Club and Aberdeen Elementary School Me To We students and served a record 385 meals.

– PIT Stop had a 20th Anniversary celebration in June and provided a community barbeque hosted and supplied by United Steelworkers

– With the Martin & Martin Team, we offered a rib dinner on the same Sunday as RibFest which was an overwhelming success; it became a yearly tradition

– Team Paying It Forward organized a bake & craft sale in December and raised $1,183 for PIT Stop

– We ended the year with another donation of $1,000 from RBC as part of the December 31 meal

– We continued to build on strong relationships with COBS Bread, Kamloops Food Bank and United Way along with many other community groups and services.

PIT Stop Outreach Program – 2016

Purpose: To provide a hot, served meal to our guests. Our guests are marginalized or street entrenched community members including seniors, youths, families and adults. We strive to reduce the impacts of poverty by providing food and support in a caring and safe environment.

Highlights of the year:
Rick became the Program Co-ordinator in March 2015 – 6,637 meals were served in 2015 – on par with 2014

– 22 different teams served in 2015 – Steelworkers did Thanksgiving Sunday with 35 volunteers and $1000 donated and 231 guests – Christmas dinner was served by Rotary Daybreak and served 225 guests. Because of community/individual donations, our total Christmas Outreach program cost net $344 – Rotary Daybreak donation of $1090 covered the purchase of the new shelving unit, 2nd baker’s rack & trays, and numerous kitchen items – We continued to build on strong relationships with COBS Bread, Kamloops Food Bank and United Way

– We have added many new teams and volunteers which has carried forth into 2016

Centre for Community and Spiritual Discovery:
Our guests express their appreciation with thanks and compliments continually at our meals. Our volunteers overwhelmingly have a positive and meaningful experience with PIT Stop. Many are returning veterans and many who are new, will come back. Whether or not it is spiritual significance that people find, without exception everyone who participates respects and cares that KUC is committed to this work.

Future plans:
– To continue to increase the teams involved with 3 new ones so far in first quarter 2016
– To continue to find teams that will provide both manpower and costs for their day
– To continue to increase the number of volunteers involved and to ensure their experience is meaningful and rewarding.
– To continue to respond to the growing need in our community for this service by ensuring that all that come to our meal will be fed.

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This hot meal program serves a nutritious dinner at Kamloops United Church every Sunday IMG_6862 (1)afternoon year round and is mainly a volunteer driven program.  The dinners are provided without charge.

PIT Stop Objective:  to provide nourishment and outreach to people in our community.

Financial Resources:

  •  Donations of cash and food items from Kamloops United Church members, other local faith congregations, community organizations, businesses and individual members of the public
  • Replacement items from the Kamloops United Thrift Shop 
  • Donations in-kind for special events such as Christmas.

Food Resources:

  • Kamloops Community Food Bank, Food Share ProgramIMG_6846 (1)
  • Cost reductions from local businesses, bulk purchasing, sale items, creative shopping
  • Every Saturday evening unsold fresh bread is collected from Cobs Bakery and distributed at PIT Stop the following day.

Community Partnerships:

Rotary Clubs of Kamloops
Aberdeen Lions Club
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Kamloops Food Bank
Cob’s Bread Bakery
Thompson Nicola Cariboo United WayIMG_6858 (1)
Community Living BC
Interior Health – Street Nurses & Dietician
Kamloops Homelessness Action Plan
Changing the Face of Poverty
New Life Mission
Elizabeth Fry Society
Kamloops YM/WCA

Volunteer Resources:
Many different teams have prepared and served the PIT Stop meals over the years.  Teams have come from many of the Kamloops Rotary Clubs, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, United Way, Thompson Rivers University, B.C. Ministry of Forests, Service Canada, Fulton & Co. Law Offices, Kamloops United Church, South West Community Church, Centre for Spiritual Living, Kamloops Unitarian Fellowship, Me to We school groups, and several teams comprised of groups of families and friends.

To contact Rick, the Co-ordinator of PIT Stop:   pitstop@kamloopsunited.ca

2010 United Way Community Partnership Award, presented annually to an agency or group that demonstrates a willingness to partner with others in the community to provide an important service.

To visit the PIT Stop history page click here: History
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