Community steps up after water main break leaves Friendship Inn without water

After the community centre on 20th Street West was left without access to water, unable to prepare any meals, a flood of donations came pouring in. There was enough food donated to serve people throughout the weekend.

A flood of donations came pouring in to lend a helping hand

A water main break affected the Friendship Inn Saturday. Without water to prepare food, the centre provided bagged meals through the front door. (CBC)

The Saskatoon community stepped with a flood of donation after a water main break left the Friendship Inn closed the city's most vulnerable hungry.

"We have been given so many donations that we have enough bagged lunches to serve tomorrow," said Sandra Stack, executive director of the Friendship Inn. 

Stack said they found out about the break at 7:30 a.m. CST Saturday. The community centre, on 20th Street West, without access to water, couldn't prepare any meals.

Stack they decided to serve bag lunches through the front door, as an alternative.

"My team rallied together and prepared about 200 bagged lunches and so we were successful in serving breakfast," Stack said.

She said people of Saskatoon were "absolutely unbelievable" through the morning, bringing donations and lending a helping hand with meal preparation.

"Families gathered together and kids made peanut butter and jam sandwiches," she said. "We could not have done it without the help of the community, there's no way." 

Boil-water advisory in effect

There is no estimate on when water will be restored, but Stack said the centre is on a 48-hour boil water advisory.

"The Friendship Inn serves people that don't have food at home," she said. "So people who are coming for lunch may not have eaten since yesterday at lunch at the Friendship Inn."

There were enough donations from the community that the Friendship Inn was able to serve bagged lunches for breakfast and lunch on Sunday as well, Stack said. 

"The city of Saskatoon truly does SHINE," Stack said in an emailed statement Sunday morning.


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