WHO WE ARE
"FROM EACH ACCORDING TO THEIR ABILITY, TO EACH ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS"
FEEDING FENELON is a volunteer run not-for-profit organization focused on building and strengthening our local community while combating food insecurity in a direct way.
Every Tuesday we open the doors of Lotus Indian Bistro to our community for a free/pay-what-you-can healthy and home cooked meal. At each meal we offer a meat and vegan/gluten free option and are willing to accommodate other food restrictions with notice.
We aim to use as many fresh ingredients as possible for our meals and are proudly partnered with Thurston's Family Butcher Shop to offer the freshest quality meats available.
Along with our meals we have set up a 'Take What You Need' table where we stock all of the non-perishable food donations that come in from members of our community and have them available for anyone to take, free of charge. At this table you will find anything from pads, tampons, condoms, razors, and soaps to lunch snacks, pasta, dog/cat food, and even farm fresh duck and chicken eggs donated by an awesome local farm!
We also has tea and coffee available for people who want nothing more than a warm drink and good company.
Our founding members, Vincent Parkhurst and Chef Mitchell Alexander, both have lived experience with addiction and struggling to get by so to them being able to offer Feeding Fenelon to our local community is not only important but personal. Both have spent much of their lives in kitchens, personally and professionally, and it is important to them to not just hand out food but to create a space where meals can be enjoyed together, conversations can be had, friends can be made, and community can be built. Feeding Fenelon is about taking care of each other. Feeding Fenelon is about Solidarity, not charity.
If, for whatever reason, someone is unable to make it out to our meals we offer free delivery which can be arranged by calling or texting 705-308-6767.
FEEDING FENELON is a judgement free space and we are unwavering in our dedication to anti-oppression, anti-fascism, anti-racism, anti-bigotry, anti-discrimination, and drug use stigma.
Come as You Are! Everyone is welcome! We do not turn anyone away!
FEEDING FENELON is proud to partner with other organizations like Kawartha Lakes Pride, PARN, and HKPR Health Unit to expand what we are able to offer to our community. Not only do we intend to distribute Harm Reduction Kits but we will also be a distributor for Naloxone for Fenelon Falls and surrounding area.
OUR CORE BELIEFS
We believe ALL people are fundamentally equal and ALL deserving of dignity and respect.
We believe in building community, meeting people where they are, and leading with kindness.
We believe access to healthy food is a RIGHT not a privilege.
We believe NO person should go hungry under any circumstance.
We believe in ENDING drug use stigma and discrimination.
We believe in Harm Reduction.
We believe in anti-oppression, anti-fascism, anti-racism, anti-bigotry, anti-discrimination, and drug use stigma.
We believe that building a strong, non-judgmental, and welcoming community can save lives.
We believe in taking care of each other.
Our collective respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg.
We are grateful to Lotus Indian Bistro for allowing us to use their kitchen to cook our meals and their dining room to serve our meals.