Loaves and Fishes, Sydney soup kitchen, looking for donations

The number of people looking for a meal at one Cape Breton soup kitchen continues to grow, and they’re looking for help so that they can keep serving hot meals 365 days a year.

It is planning on installing heat pumps and a new roof

Marco Amati, Loaves and Fishes' executive director, says the demand for meals will rise once winter hits. (CBC)

The number of people looking for a meal at one Cape Breton soup kitchen continues to grow, and they're looking for help so that they can keep serving hot meals 365 days a year.

Loaves and Fishes in Sydney will be holding a food drive this weekend and is also looking for donations to install heat pumps and a new roof.

"We're seeing more new faces. We're seeing more families. We're in this business to see our numbers go down. Unfortunately, they are rising and with the winter coming," said Marco Amati, Loaves and Fishes' executive director.

A turkey dinner with all the trimmings was being served at Loaves and Fishes on Monday. (Gary Mansfield/CBC)
On Monday, Loaves and Fishes was serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and was expecting to serve about 250 people.

Thanksgiving is the second busiest day of the year for the soup kitchen, trailing only Christmas day.

Loaves and Fishes has been serving the community for 34 years and other soup kitchens in nearby communities have closed in recent years.

Crystal Sylliboy thinks having it in the community is very important.

"I appreciate so much having it here. People that can't afford a turkey dinner, you know. They look forward to stuff like this and it's good we have it," she said.

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