“We had to say no to some families.” 

Joy Neufeld from Soup’s On is devasted that they had to turn families away from receiving lunch as the demand has grown faster than the organization. 

She says that they didn’t have to say ‘no’ to very many families, but it is still upsetting that they were not able to help every family. 

Soup’s On has two programs, the school lunch program and the family lunch program. 

“It grew beyond actually what we could handle, so at the end of the school year come about may middle of May, we had to actually say no to some families.” 

Neufeld shares that moving forward, they will no longer say no. 

“The community has always had our backs. We know that. We need to take that with confidence and say we're going to accept all the families that come to us with that need and we're going to go back to the community and say 'when we need you, will you help us?' And yes, you always will.” 

She doesn’t want to see children go hungry, and has faith that the community will pull through with donations. 

“It means the world to me. It means the world to the kids. Nothing can be more important than feeding our kids. They learn, they get along with their peers, they can listen to their teacher, and maybe, just maybe, they will be able to get out of this hole of poverty.  

The very first Taste of Summer Charity BBQ for the season starts tomorrow, July 5 at 11AM in front of Steinbach Credit Union. All the money is going to Soup’s On to feed the children in our community. 


With files from Corny Rempel