Penticton’s Soupateria is facing a financial challenge due to increased demand, soaring costs, and inflation. In order to raise funds for their services, the volunteer-based organization has launched the Easter Toonie Campaign. The campaign was inspired by the success of their previous Christmas fundraisers which helped pay for lunches throughout the season. According to the director of the Soupateria, Rod Strike, the number of people they serve has increased from an average of 60 to over 100 per day. Strike stated that the majority of the people who visit the Soupateria come from all age groups, including young and elderly people.
Due to rising costs, the Soupateria is struggling to provide meals at their usual price of $2.50 to $3 per person, and now the cost has increased to $5.50 to $6 per person per day. Every penny counts for the Soupateria, and the Easter Toonie Campaign is one way for the organization to raise funds and connect with the community.
The Easter dinner service will be held on April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and it will include a baked ham with all the fixings for free for anyone in need. If you wish to donate to the Soupateria, you can do so online at www.soupateria.com or by cheque or cash at 150 Orchard Avenue. By supporting the Easter Toonie Campaign, you will help the Soupateria provide meals to those in need and make a positive impact on the community.