Got Bannock?

Got Bannock?

A grassroots cause to feed the hungry, the homeless, the less fortunate on the cold streets of Winnipeg.
I am a single parent who comes from the same poverty as those who I speak for.  I use every spare moment to help solicit donations and food to support Got Bannock.
I go out with homemade lunches of bannock and soup, chili or pasta accompanied with water, juice, milk, coffee or tea, granola bars, and at least three pieces of fruit. 
– Althea Guiboche

bannocklady1@gmail.com

By Paypal:




 

To donate by cheque, you can make it out to:

Got Bannock, Inc.

Me-Dian Credit Union
303 Selkirk Ave, Winnipeg, MB
R2W 2L8


Description
I feed those people
who are wandering around
the cold, the hungry
the homeless sitting on the ground
the down on their luck
the ones asking for a buck
the ones who need someone
to show them some love
to show that they care
these are someone’s loved ones too
everyone has a story
everyone has a past
whether good or bad
I don’t look at that
it serves as a reminder
we are all connected
we all belong
agimaawag akina
everyone counts.

 

Rockin’ The Village

Got Bannock Inc. in partnership with RBD Management presents….

~ ROCKIN’ THE VILLAGE ~

a FREE community concert, Saturday, August 12, 2017

entertainment 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm

FREE lunch and supper will be served

Face Painting ~ Bouncy Castle ~ Games ~ Community Resource Tables

Guest Line-Up Includes:

~ Keith Secola ~ Jade Turner ~ Rhonda Head ~Jason Burnstick ~ ~ Jevon & Dawn Chartrand ~ Jesse Bandura ~ Gerry Barrett ~             ~ C-Weed ~ Rescued By Dragonflyz ~ The Mosquitoz ~ Staggering Haggards ~ Owen and The Procrastinators ~

~ Comedian: Paul Rabilauskas ~ Fiddler: Blaine Constant ~

Square Dancers: Gifford Sanderson Memorial Dancers ~ The Sandy Steppers ~ The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers ~

Emcees: ~ NCI Live show hosts Paul, Fred, Garth & Jordan ~

~ Rosanna Deerchild ~ Shaneen Robinson ~

for more information or to make a donation to this event, please contact: bannocklady1@gmail.com.

Got Bannock Inc. is a Canadian Registered Charity.

Manitoba Arts Council supported.

Got Bannock on the Good News Network

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/got-bannock-gives-bread-in-winnipeg-for-a-year/

 

Over the last year Althea Guiboche has run out of money and run out of baking supplies, but she has never stopped giving away free bread and soup to the city’s homeless every week.

The aboriginal single mother of seven was even forced by the province to become trained in food-handling if she wanted to continue, but now she has an official certificate and she cooks inside a commercial kitchen at the community center — all toward the goal of becoming more compassionate and giving.

“I was just raised like that,” she told Shaw TV Winnipeg.

Her project is called “Got Bannock”, named for the warm bread she delivers on a Main Street corner every week. For a time, she partnered with “Chili from the Heart”, started by another Winnipeg woman to bring hot chili to the homeless.

 

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Althea speaking at TedX Manitoba June 12, 2014

Read the whole interview here: http://tedxmanitoba.com/2014/speakers/althea-guiboche

 

Althea Guiboche

What motivates you?

What motivates me is knowing that the needs of the homeless go far beyond housing. They have no homes, no respect, no support, and this societal problem will never be alleviated unless someone is willing to step up and make a difference. Some who may have housing are forced to use their food budget to pay the rent. Having suffered homelessness myself, with five of my seven children, I feel I have earned every right to speak up for those who have no voice, no one to help advocate for them, no one to provide love, sustenance and understanding.

What do you do for a living and why?

I am currently a stay-at-home single parent who comes from the same poverty as those who I speak for. I use every spare moment to help solicit donations such as toiletries, clothing, footwear, socks, shoes and food to support Got Bannock. I go out each Thursday with homemade lunches of bannock and soup, chili or pasta accompanied with water, juice, milk, coffee or tea, granola bars, and at least three pieces of fruit. I also bring the material donations to the street to give-away.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

www.procterbrosindustries.com/post/26476781873/this-is-the-video-that-started-it-all-for-us-i

Why are you excited to speak at TEDxManitoba?

I am excited at the chance to bring attention to the isues of homelessness in Winnipeg and beyond. I want to share my village idea with a global audience so that I can develop my talk and my professional capacity to reach other people whose ideas might work with mine to help spread the message about eradicating homelessness and poverty.

What is your idea worth spreading?

The traditional village my people once had was based upon respect, honour and love. We were self-governed and every member of the tribe was a contributor towards the survival of the village. We each held roles and responsibilities towards each other and the village, and our wealth was measured less in what we had than in what we shared with one another. I want to re-introduce this lifestyle back in North America and the global village. We need to adopt a more selfless life that caters to Mother Earth and all her children.

What’s your connection to Manitoba?

My family originates from Duck Bay, Manitoba, where they lived the Métis life, depending on the land and reaping the benefits of nature. We were taught to respect the land, the water, plants, animals, and other people. I use these teachings for guidance, when I do my Got Bannock work. I was born and raised in Manitoba, am one of five Manitoba Heroes and reside in the North End of Winnipeg.

 

 

Bannock Lady Won’t be Deterred

Read the whole story here:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/bannock-lady-wont-be-deterred-221124391.html

It’s going to take a lot more than some lousy vandals to stop Althea Guiboche, a.k.a. the Got Bannock Lady.

The province tried to shut down Guiboche this spring for serving homemade soup and bannock to the homeless without the required permits.

She said she would regularly have 150 to 200 people lined up outside her van every week clamouring for her homemade bread.

“I feed (a wide range of people from) babies to old people of all different races,” she said. “I feed everybody.”

But on Sunday morning, Guiboche woke up to the sight of her vehicle vandalized. The van, parked outside her North End home, had its windows smashed and there was profanity spray-painted all over it.

“It’s terrible but I don’t want to blame anyone, I believe in youth and the good of other people,” the optimistic Guiboche said. “I love the North End. It has tons of people who are very active within the community.”

Read the whole story here:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/bannock-lady-wont-be-deterred-221124391.html

 

I’ve Got Bannock

I started Got Bannock? because people were continually asking me for food or money to buy something to eat. It seemed they would approach me whenever I would be gassing up, or waiting on a light at an intersection, and I felt bad because I never had anything with which to help out.

One day I decided I was going to become a pro at making baked bannock. I could whip out fried bannock no problem, but always had an intimidation towards making baked bannock, like I would be a failure if I couldn’t make it.

Well you’ll never get good at something if you never try. So I tried and tried and tried. Pretty soon I had so much bannock I was feeding the birds. The buggers were getting so full they wouldn’t even leave the yard, they’d just find a branch and nestle down.

One day I had made a batch for my buddy, and was giving her some soup makings. We were gassing up my car when two men approached me, very respectfully and cautiously so as not to alarm me. They asked me for food or money to buy some food. They looked so cold, totally under-dressed for the weather. They even lacked headgear and it was a very cold January night. I told them, “I’m putting what I have in my tank.”

Then I remembered the bannock. I gave them each two pieces and a can of soup and then I said, “I wish it was warm,” but they assured me they would find somewhere to open it and heat it. They thanked me and went on their way, chewing my warm bannock.

I attended the Jan. 28 Idle No More rally at the Leg. I wandered all over that rally, taking pictures. I was up on the stairs looking out on the crowd when I noticed how the smoke from the sage looked like tendrils of grey hair weaving throughout the crowd. It looked so beautiful. Then as I tuned into what the person at the mic was saying, I couldn’t hear over the hum of the people talking. At first I was annoyed, and then I listened and thought, “this is how my people must have sounded centuries ago.”

I wandered up the stairs to the back, trying to get a picture of Buffy Sainte-Marie while she was singing. I couldn’t get close enough, so I hung around the back taking pictures and listening to her song. Wouldn’t you know I came face to face with her!

When the round dance began, I stayed on the stairs watching. At one point I yawned, and while squinting, the orange street lights surrounding the legislature looked like flames.

It hit me that I had to, no, NEEDED to do something to help, so I decided I was going to make a giant pot of chili and lots of bannock and go feed people on the streets. I made 19 servings and gave them out on one of the coldest days in January. I feed the cold people on the streets. Homeless or not, everyone appreciates it. It makes them feel good, it makes me feel good. If I had the resources I’d do this all day every day.

AGIMAAWAG AKINA

EVERYONE COUNTS

I feed those people

who are wandering around

the cold, the hungry

the homeless sitting on the ground

the down on their luck

the ones asking for a buck

the ones who need someone

to show them some love

to show that they care

These are someone’s loved ones too

everyone has a story

everyone has a past

whether good or bad

I don’t look at that

it serves as a reminder

we are all connected

we all belong

agimaawag akina

Everyone counts.

 

Although I am in the poverty cycle myself, I still do all I can to help out. There is always someone worse off out there. It makes you appreciate what you do have, makes you feel part of the world, and makes you feel absolutely ecstatically happy!

Want to help? Visit my Facebook page: Got Bannock?

Donations of red solo cups, plastic cutlery, and tin foil are needed for food service.

I can work with any type of food donation. You can reach me at: althea2010@live.ca

Miigwetch!

Althea Guiboche is a single mother, author, poet, activist and humanitarian. She lives in the North End.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 10, 2013 A6

 

In honour of the village we once had