The first step is scheduling your meal. We use a website called 'Take them a meal' to help us schedule and manage Joan's Table. It's easy to use. Simply click 'schedule your meal' below and enter your details.
Choose what you love to make and know you can do well without much stress. You will want to ensure you can make enough for 12 individuals. It's important to ensure servings can be equally divided by 12, for example - 24 cupcakes as opposed to 22.
The focus is on evening meals, but we welcome contributions toward breakfasts as well. Here are some meal suggestions.
Please deliver meals to 191 Herring Cove Road any time before 4:30 pm on your scheduled day. You are welcome to park to the right side of the building at Golden Fortune Restaurant in the parking spot closest to 191 Herring Cove Rd. If there is a delay or change to the plan please phone the staff at 902-407-5063.
If you are delivering a frozen meal you can do so during normal business hours. A phone call in advance is appreciated but not required. If you are delivering a hot breakfast on a Sunday, please deliver by 8:00 am.
Staff will greet you and receive the meal. Please label any serving dishes you wish to reclaim. You can pick up your dishes at 191 Herring Cove Rd during regular business hours. You do not need to bring plates or cutlery.
We are not invited to serve the meal. After years at shelters and soup kitchens – the 12 tenants deeply value the experience and private dignity of serving their own meals and eating either alone or together.
Charitable receipt available
You are eligible to receive a charitable receipt from Shelter Nova Scotia for the ingredients and materials purchased or gift items.
When you deliver your meal, please submit your tallied receipts along with your name, address, and date of contribution to 191 Herring Cove Rd.
Alternatively, you can retain your receipts and submit all at once by January 31. Each thank you email you receive from Shelter Nova Scotia includes a donor record number. Mark this number on your corresponding receipt(s) to ensure easy reconciliation and accuracy.
One charitable receipt for all your gift(s) will be mailed to you from Shelter Nova Scotia by middle of February the following year.
We all look forward to enjoying a special meal on our Birthday. We have a program to give chosen meals on the tenant's birthdays. Learn more on our birthday page.
A little connection goes a long way
It’s a nice practice (suggestion only) to include a card or note to make a personal connection with tenants. Maybe explain why you picked this menu, why Joan’s Table matters, or your good wishes for a nice meal. This is one way to make connections and build community with tenants.