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UGM to serve 5,000 BBQ meals in DTES this weekend

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Jack Hauen Jul 15, 2016 1:34 am
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Each year, Union Gospel Mission puts on a giant barbecue lunch for Vancouver’s homeless. This year they’re looking to recreate the summer of 2015’s success.

The event, UGM’s biggest of the year, serves those who wouldn’t otherwise experience a summer holiday, like 37-year-old single mother Kerry.

“It’s hard when you’re alone. I can’t afford a proper summer vacation,” said Kerry, who, along with her seven-year-old daughter, spent three months homeless last summer. “I could go somewhere, but then I couldn’t pay my rent. I would probably be evicted.”

Now that she’s found housing and is living on a fixed income, Kerry will be celebrating summer at UGM’s BBQ, along with thousands of others.

“It’s awesome, it means a lot,” said Kerry. “I feel cared for.”

The event will offer a slew of family-friendly activities, like face-painting, a bouncy castle, and a mini-carnival.

“Homelessness doesn’t take a holiday,” said UGM President Bill Mollard. “Many struggling in the Downtown Eastside miss out during summer. They aren’t at the lake. They don’t get a break from reality on the street. The Summer BBQ brings a little bit of relief and restoration.”

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Union Gospel Mission Summer BBQ 2016

When: Saturday, July 16

Where: Oppenheimer Park

Time: 11 am to 3:30 pm

The menu

  • 5,000 hamburgers
  • 5,000 smokies
  • 1,500 lbs coleslaw
  • 1,500 lbs pasta salad
  • 5,000 cans of pop
  • 5,000 Freezies
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Jack Hauen
Jack is a fourth-year UBC student, coordinating editor of The Ubyssey, and two golden retrievers in a human suit.

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