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UGM + Glowbal Restaurant Group to serve 5,000 meals at annual summer BBQ in Oppenheimer Park

Vancouver, BC—Union Gospel Mission and the Glowbal Restaurant Group are working together once again to provide over 5,000 meals at the Annual BBQ Picnic in Oppenheimer Park on Saturday, August 11, for the Downtown Eastside community.

“This will be our third year partnering with UGM,” says Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa Yacoub, owners of Glowbal, “and every year we have hundreds of restaurant staff, business colleagues and friends volunteer their time. They always come back raving about the experience and how it wasn’t just fun, it was enriching. We are grateful for the amazing response from our recent volunteer call-out to assist with next month’s BBQ and look forward to welcoming members of the Vancouver community who are aligned in our passion to promote positive change.”

Karen Fleming, a volunteer with UGM since 2007, agrees that the experience can be profound.
Fleming says that throughout her volunteer experience, she has witnessed hope, unconditional love and support being delivered to the guests.  While she has participated in nearly every major meal at UGM, Fleming emphasizes the uniqueness of the Summer BBQ.

“The summer barbecue is especially fun—like a large family event, with a diverse group of people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds,” she says.  “It is a great chance for us to step outside of our doors and be present in a safe place within the community.”

In addition to enjoying a scrumptious meal, families are invited to bring their kids who can enjoy games, cotton candy, arts and crafts, and even a large bouncy castle in a part of the park just for them.

“When a meal is among friends and family, it is never just about food,” says Bruce Curtiss, UGM’s Senior Chaplain.  “Community in this context communicates a sense of belonging. This restores feelings of hope and safety, making it possible for vulnerable people to open up and trust others again.”

The Menu

5,000 gourmet hamburgers
900 pounds coleslaw
900 pounds fruit salad
5,000 bags of chips
5,000 cans of ice tea

BBQ Details
Date:             Saturday, August 11
Time:             11:00 am - 4:00 pm                          
Location:        Oppenheimer Park (Cordova Street between Dunlevy and Jackson)

Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children for over 70 years. Through its 8 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To find out more, visit


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