Hundreds of people — homeless or down on their luck — were treated to an early Easter meal on Thursday, served up by some celebrity guests.
Agape Table, a community nutrition centre for the less fortunate in the city's West Broadway area, hosted its annual Easter breakfast just ahead of the holiday weekend. Although it was labelled breakfast, it was a full meal with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and slices of ham.
A news release from Agape called the event "a time of celebration where all of our guests are treated to an elaborate holiday meal, for free."
Guest servers included former Winnipeg Blue Bombers Obby Khan and Chris Cvetkovic, Mayor Brian Bowman, MLAs Scott Fielding, Cameron Friesen, Rochelle Squires, Ian Wishart, Rob Altemeyer, Wayne Ewasko, Andrew Smith, James Teitsma and Blair Yakimoski, and city councillors Shawn Dobson, Janice Lukes and Jason Schreyer.
Chief Glenn Hudson of Peguis First Nation was also there, along with Damon Johnston, president of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, and Greg MacPherson, executive director of West Broadway Community Organization.
Agape Table, located in All Saints' Anglican Church on Colony Street, serves breakfast every weekday to some 300 guests. It also runs a food bank on Tuesdays in partnership with Winnipeg Harvest, and offers a selection of grocery items for at-cost prices.