Waterdown Rotarians (left to right) Nick Brown, Michael Collette, Darryl Kirkland and Mark Cashin lift the lid on gourmet items on offer during the first event in their summer brunch series at the Legion on June 17. The meal was sourced from vendors at the Waterdown Farmers Market, which was taking place outside. The brunch, which raises funds to launch the first Food4Kids program in Waterdown at Mary Hopkins Public School, will take place again this Saturday. – Brenda Jefferies • Metroland
The second Rotary brunch in support of Food4Kids will bring a scrumptious feast to the table July 15 at the Waterdown Legion.
The fundraiser, which is run by the Rotary Club of Waterdown and the Flamborough AM Rotary Club, is fundraising to provide food to 15 students at Mary Hopkins Elementary School in a pilot project.
Rotary Club of Waterdown member and organizer Michael Collette said the first brunch in June was very successful.
“It went really well,” Collette said, noting a lot of families attended. “We had a good response — we had about 120-130 people show up.
“The food was really well-received.”
Collette said the July brunch will feature a great menu — including wild boar bacon, peameal bacon and maple sausage from Harrington Lane Farms, an omelette station by Izabel’s, sourdough French toast, a cheese station and coffee from the Copper Kettle Café.
“It’s a nice meal,” Collette said of the brunch, which is held during the Waterdown Farmers’ Market. “We buy as much as we can from the farmers.
“It’s a nice, well-rounded approach to a project — everybody wins from in.”
Collette noted this weekend’s brunch also features an omelette contest between Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Ward 15 trustee Penny Deathe and Flamborough-Glanbrook MP David Sweet.
The three politicians will select the ingredients and Izabel’s will make the omelettes, which will be judged by a panel of judges. The contest is expected to take place around 11 a.m.
The Rotary Club also plans to hold a brunch Aug. 19, as well as a further brunch in September.
“The legion has been nice enough to offer us another date in September,” he said, noting it will likely be around the end of September.
Collette noted all the proceeds after expenses will go to the Food4Kids take home program the club is attempting to initiate in September. He said the club has been in contact with the Hamilton Food4Kids group, which puts together 1,100 bags on a weekly basis.
“It’s certainly a need in a Hamilton area and there are needs here in Waterdown, as well,” he said. “People don’t think of it that way, but there certainly is.”
The program is being instituted in partnership with the Mary Hopkins Parent Action Committee, Collette said.
“Ultimately, we’d like to turn it over to them and move on to another school,” he said, noting the club has also partnered with Food With Grace Waterdown Food Bank.
Collette noted the plan is to provide perishable and non-perishable food items for the students to eat on weekly basis through the school season, as well as the summer.
“It’s for them,” he said of the students. “Extra protein, fruit, vegetables — all the things they may or may not be able to have enough of based on the family need.
“It’s not taking the place of the food bank, but it’s a way of just making sure (the students) have enough.”
Collette said organizers hope to raise between $2,000 and $2,500 per brunch.
“The more we have going into this program, the better it is and the easier it is for us to manage it,” he said of the pilot project. “We don’t want this to be a one-time thing.”
He noted while the program would provide students with food at school during the school year, during the summer it would be set up to deliver to their home.
“Our goal, when all is said and done, is if we can expand from the original 15 in the pilot project to the number of kids that actually need help,” he said.
The brunch runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waterdown Legion.