Hamilton Out of the Cold?
Hamilton Out of the Cold (HOOTC) is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving breakfasts and dinners six days a week from 10 locations from November 1 to the end of March.
Our mission is to “Eliminate Hunger in Our Community” by providing hot, nutritious meals for those in need. Served with dignity and compassion.
Fresh food is purchased for each meal and prepared on site on the day. Dinners consist of hot, healthy soup, followed by the main course including salad and dessert of bananas & oranges. The cook has her/his Food Handlers Certificate.
Last season we served 18,096 dinners and, in partnership with Wesley Centre, 8,517 breakfasts.
Hamilton Out of the Cold Program Coalition is a registered charity (Registration Number: 864263488-RR0001). Board members are drawn from the community. Two part-time staff members manage a lean budget.
How do we do it?
HOOTC is sustained by donations of food from local businesses and food drives.
We rely upon individuals, charitable groups, faith communities, local business and grants to provide money to fulfill our mandate.
Our volunteers include adults (retired or still working) – university students and high school students ( ages 16-18 must have parent permission).
Other Out of the Cold locations across Canada are not affiliated and each program runs independently.
Who are our dinner guests?
Men, women and children of our community who are struggling with hardship, come to Hamilton Out of the Cold for hot meals and warm companionship. We serve all who arrive – no questions asked.
Sister Carole Anne
High School, Sister Susan Moran, Father John Murphy and Rev. Canon John Erb took the necessary steps to arrange a location, food and volunteers and opened a small storefront on St. Claire Avenue. That was January 15, 1987.