Halifax soup kitchen in urgent need of volunteers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Brunswick Street Mission says it is in urgent need of volunteers to continue operating its kitchen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Brunswick Street Mission/Website

Halifax’s Brunswick Street Mission says it’s in “desperate” need of volunteers in order to keep its kitchen running amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the non-profit has closed its dining room due to the disease’s global outbreak, it continues to operate its kitchen, cooking more than 300 meals a day for several of the city’s shelters. But that could all change if it doesn’t fill the necessary shifts.

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“We understand that this volunteer role is asking a lot of you, and [we] only make this request in order to support some of the most heroic and under-supported workers in our community — the shelter workers,” reads a post on the shelter’s website.

Brunswick Street Mission says it’s looking for “low-risk” volunteers between the ages of 21 and 60 years old who are in “excellent health with no medical conditions.”

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“Every effort will be made to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19, but the volunteer must acknowledge and accept that some risk exists compared to home isolation,” reads a post on its website.

Shifts that need to be filled run from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week. Duties may include food preparation, food delivery and unloading supplies.

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