It was all smiles at Lunch Is On Us on Nov. 2 as guests of all ages enjoyed a pay-by-donation meal at the SIRCH Bistro. Every Wednesday from now until the end of March, diners can enjoy a hot lunch at the Bistro, as well as some connection with their friends and neighbours. The meals are dine in only and are being served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last. /Photo submitted

Lunch is On Us brings full bellies and happy smiles to Haliburton

Warmth, smiles and full bellies; that is what the SIRCH Bistro was filled with on Nov. 2 for the kick off of Lunch Is On Us.

A program that provides a pay-by-donation, hot and nutritious meal, Lunch Is On Us is taking place every Wednesday from 11 a.m. 2 p.m. in Haliburton Village.

Last week, visitors enjoyed tomato soup with a fresh bun and espresso chipotle chicken with roasted potatoes and corn.

“The food is great,” said Jane as she was enjoying her meal. “We are frequent visitors of the Bistro. We come from Wilberforce.”

Other guests commented on the quality of the food, the friendly staff and the warm and safe atmosphere the Bistro provides.

Executive Director for SIRCH Community Services, Gena Robertson said, “The goal of Lunch Is On Us is, ultimately, to help create more resilient communities for individuals and families and to improve mental well-being through connection with others. It’s really for anyone.”

Aside from Lunch Is On Us, the Bistro & Bakery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for breakfast and lunch, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lunch Is On Us will run every week until Mar. 29, 2023. Don’t get caught waiting around, lunch is only served until 2 p.m. or while food lasts. Bring your friends, your neighbours or just yourself.

The SIRCH Bistro is located at 49 Maple Ave. in Haliburton.

Submitted by SIRCH Community Services