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"If it wasn't for Agape Table I'd still be lost, I just want to give back to them what they've given me. Agape will give you support, we're all family," said Junior.

Junior works in the kitchen at Agape Table preparing breakfast and making sure the soup is ready. He also helps with deliveries. Junior said that Agape Table has been a part of his life because he's been on the streets for the last five years. His favourite memory was volunteering for Thanksgiving serving food and joking and having fun and seeing the smiles on people.

Dave Feniuk is the general manager of Agape Table.

His vision is bigger and better, they are now at their new location since  July 2018 at 364 Furby Street, serving over 400 guests per day, he said there is a real need.

"I'd like to be out of a job but that isn't reality," Feniuk said.

Agape Table means "unconditional" meaning all walks of life are accepted. Feniuk said, "We see seniors trying to make ends meet in between their cheques,  we see people on welfare, we see people who don't qualify for welfare. But everyone is equal when they walk through our door, no one is treated differently than the other. As long as you don't cause a problem you're always welcome here."

 Agape Table serves soup toast and coffee. The subsidized breakfast for $1.00, for example, was ham, potatoes, vegetables and a piece of fruit. There's always a need for food as well as volunteer time using 2500-3500 volunteer hours every month.

They are in need of toiletries and feminine hygiene products.  According to Feniuk, the reality is that there are just as many women on the streets as there are men. Feniuk wants women in need to know that this is a safe haven for them to come to. That nothing will be asked of them. They can come to get their basic needs met. Because of that, Agape Table is now seeing more children come. They realize its a safe community.

Breakfast is served from 8-10:30 am Monday to Friday, the registered food bank is open Tuesdays and Thursdays and the low-cost grocery store is open Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Feniuk said that what sets them a part is that the low-cost grocery store's food is bought at wholesale prices and sold at the same wholesale prices to help out the community  and selling it in individual quantities, so a lot doesn't have to go to waste. You don't have to buy that family pack of meat when you can only afford one.

The need is always year round. Feniuk said that Agape Table is always at full capacity year round not just at the holidays. Needs are January to December. Agape Table's needs are donations of food, money, and volunteers.

"Winnipeg is a large city with a small town mentality - everybody gives. Everybody knows Agape somehow," Feniuk said.

 

 

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