Union Gospel Mission Hosts Summer BBQ in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Serves 4,000 Meals – BC

Thousands of people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside were fed by the Union Gospel Mission as they returned from their summer barbecue.

Union Gospel Mission staff held its first summer barbecue in two years, a break due to COVID-19, and said it was a great event for people to connect with the community.

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“The barbecue is a very different type of event than other large meals at UGM,” said Randy Spark, kitchen manager for Union Gospel Mission.

“It takes place outside in a park. This BBQ can connect you to our team, where we would love to support you, to help you change your life for the better.

The Summer BBQ was held Saturday at Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside.

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“UGM’s annual summer barbecue is our biggest celebration of the year, serving more than 4,000 meals to families and members of the Downtown Eastside community,” staff said.

“We meet in a public park for a day of carnival-style games, face painting, bouncy castles, delicious food, music, and most importantly, relationship building.”

Union Gospel outreach teams were busy connecting with barbecue attendees, building relationships with those in the surrounding community, according to the nonprofit.

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