It is the time of year that we promote We Care Kits for Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR).


With the COVID-19 crisis, it may be difficult for people to go out to purchase the items for the kits. CLWR gives the option to donate $15.00 for a Living and Learning kit and $20.00 for a Hygiene Kit, which they will assemble in Winnipeg.


These donations can be made through your regular church envelopes designated for the particular kit. Cheques should be made payable to Hope Lutheran Church and can be mailed to:

2174 Departure Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
V9S 3V6, 

brought to the church office or put through the letter slot. If you choose to make up a kit yourselves, we recommend the following kits: Learning and Living Kit, Hygiene Kit, Sewing Kit, or Baby Bundle Kit.


These gifts are received by those displaced by war, famine and natural disasters and are vital to the operation of hospitals, schools, refugee camps and development programs.


Lists of the contents of each of these kits are available on the

CLWR website, or you can request them from Joan Nolting.


We Care cloth backpacks, tote bags, and plastic buckets for Hygiene Kits, are available for a donation of $5.00 each, which goes for overseas shipping. They are available from Joan Nolting.


The deadline for getting the kits to the church is early November, when they will be delivered to Home Hardware for shipping free of charge to the CLWR warehouse in Winnipeg.



 As Thanksgiving nears, we have the chance to pause and remember the blessings of home, family and well-being – and to be grateful. It also gives us the chance to remember those in our community who perhaps do not have as much as we do – and to reach out a hand of support.


Last fall Hope Lutheran members participated enthusiastically in the blue bank campaign for Island Crisis Care Society to help support the homeless in our community.


This year they have moved the campaign online. The #BlueBank2020, themed Thankful To Have a Home, allows participants the opportunity to learn more about the homelessness crisis, and share some of their care and love in a tangible way.


Visit https://www.islandcrisiscaresociety.ca/donate/ and click on the little blue box to help support those in our city who do not have a safe space to call home.

Home Needed For January


This is a note from Dave & Diane Stevens from Hope: 


“We have a friend in Nanaimo who has a roommate looking for a place in January. She is a retired woman. Mary is looking for a shared living situation for affordability (unless there is a very economical solo opportunity). She may be able to find her own roommate, if there is not a roommate there already.


Mary is lovely to talk to, mature, intuitive and gives plenty of space as needed, is flexible with schedules, clean, reliable, pays rent early, and is helpful in practical ways.”


If you are able to help or have some ideas, please contact Dave or Diane Stevens at: davidtstevens52@gmail.com



Thank you so much for continuing to support us through these uncertain times. 2020 has been quite a challenging year for many and Loaves & Fishes is no exception.


In the beginning of the Covid 19 crisis we saw a marked drop in food available. However, never ones to shrink from a challenge, we drastically increased our efforts to source food and support wherever we could find it.


Our journey began with tapping into food that was originally destined for restaurants that had closed. A couple of examples include a supply of 9,000 dozen eggs per week through Food Banks BC and BC Egg Farmers. We also tapped into the local fish farmers supply as they had thousands of farmed fish needing to be processed without enough buyers.


These innovative partnerships enabled us to continue our commitment for our Food 4 All program in providing an abundance of free food throughout Vancouver Island. Not only are we serving other food banks from Victoria through the North Island, we’re bringing 5,000- 7,000 pounds of food, alternating every Wednesday, for our Port Hardy Depot and then to Port McNeil, supplying free food to other non-profits and indigenous communities in the area. On our way, we drop food in Campbell River with Saint Vincent de Paul, enabling them to spread the food even further to Tahsis and Gold River.


We expanded our Empties 4 Food program to raise extra funds and provide a convenient, safe recycling disposal option. Additionally, we extended our annual Food 4 Summer Food Drive sponsored by Thrifty Foods and Island Savings through all of June and added a “virtual food drive” element to offset our increased costs.


For infection control reasons we made drastic changes to our daily operations and dropped the number of regular volunteers significantly in favour of paid workers who could take longer shifts.


We are providing an average of 138,343 pounds of food per month to households and 21,581 pounds per 8 month to other non-profits across the island. As always, the food that is unfit for humans is being given to farmers. Ultimately, throughout the pandemic, our overall goal remains the same. There should be an abundance of food available to all and no unnecessary food waste.


It is because of the help we receive from our community and caring people such as you all at Hope Lutheran Church that Loaves & Fishes Food Bank is not only still here, but growing our food distribution with the intention that all of Vancouver Island has access to reliable healthy food moving forward.


To donate through your offering, please mark Loaves and Fishes on the envelope.


To donate online: www.naniamoloavesandfishes.org

Hope Lutheran Church
2174 Departure Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
V9S 3V6

e-mail hope2174@shaw.ca

phone: 250-758-1232

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