Peter McKee Community Food Centre
Building Families ….Changing Lives
- Combines 3 community food banks in Moncton
- Assists over 1,500 families in moving towards independence and self-sustainability
- Provides a more holistic, community-based approach to food security
- A variety of services, stability, structure, consistency in service delivery
- Programs cater to each individual’s current life situation
- Focus on those most at risk – children and single parents
More than just a food bank…
- Food – food boxes for qualified clients as well as food items for sale
- Clothing – on-site clothing Thrift Store
- Community Garden
- Teaching Kitchen
- Community Room
- Social Enterprise
- Educational Programming
- Community Partnerships
Peter McKee Community Food Centre Objectives:
- To provide better access to healthy and nutritious foods to individuals and families in our community in an inclusive and dignified setting.
- To increase food security in the community by offering holistic educational programs and social services whether within the centre or in partnership with other community or government organizations.
- To create an engaging community space where all community partners, businesses and citizens can work together to inspire change and empower others
About Peter McKee
Peter McKee was a well-known Catholic priest who passed away in 2006 at the age of 69.
McKee’s parish ministry led him to serve at several churches in the region including St. Bernard, St. Lawrence O’Toole, St. Joseph in Shediac, St. Augustine’s and Holy Family in Moncton. He also served for a period of time as chaplain for the Moncton firefighters and the Royal Canadian Legion & Ladies Auxiliary.
He was also very active with community organizations serving on the board of St. Thomas University, House of Nazareth, St. Patrick’s Family Centre, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Villa Providence in Shediac, and was a founding member of the Ray of Hope Soup Kitchen. In addition, he was involved with the Eastern N.B. Militia District, the Pastoral Care Board of the Moncton Hospital, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Irishtown Lions Club.
McKee also had a passion for hockey which provided him an opportunity to engage with others who may have not otherwise crossed his path. As a player he started his career with St. Michael’s College in Toronto and later with St. Thomas University at their then Chatham-based campus. Later on in the late 60s and early 70s he suited up with several Moncton teams that captured Maritime championships. He was also a regular member of the famous Flying Fathers hockey team that travelled around North America in support of charities.
He passed on his hockey knowledge to aspiring players as a high school coach at Moncton High, Vanier High and Harrison Trimble, in addition to spending time behind the bench of the Junior A Beavers. For his dedication and contributions to the sport he was inducted into the Moncton Wall of Fame in 1995 under the player/builder categories.
Peter McKee was recognized by the local Rotary Club for his numerous contributions to the community with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 2000.