The Dew Drop Inn has been feeding the hungry in Thunder Bay for 39 years now. Prior to the pandemic we offered a safe welcoming environment where hungry men, women and children could come to eat with no questions asked and are treated with respect and dignity.
As with so many in our community COVID-19 turned our world upside down. We had to reorganize and adapt very quickly to avoid any interruption in our feeding program as so many in our community rely on us as their only source of food.
Currently we are offering two meal options at the Dew. A substantial take home cold lunch is available at the door from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Our hot take-home meal is available from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. As hunger does not take a holiday, we are open 365 days a year. Mother Nature or a power failure could temporarily close us. To keep everyone healthy it will be a while before we can welcome our patrons back in for a sit-down meal.
COVID-19 has affected many in our community as more and more struggle with food insecurity. In 2019 we served a record breaking 90,434 meals and lunches. At the end of November 2020, we have surpassed our yearly total with 101,547 meals/lunches served with one more month to go. We anticipate over 110,000 being served in 2020.
COVID-19 has given us confidence, courage, and the knowledge to effectively deal with a state of emergency. Our future is still filled with so many uncertainties with the second wave upon us. Together as a community we will meet any new challenges that come before us and we will continue to feed the hungry in Thunder Bay. On behalf of the Dew Drop Inn, we thank you for your ongoing support and we are hopeful that you will continue to support our “compassion” kitchen for as long as we are needed.