The federal government has given $128,000 to help ensure homeless people looking for a good meal in Saskatoon’s core area can get one.

The money has gone toward renovating the Central Urban Métis Federation Incorporated’s basement kitchen.

CUMFI Executive Director Shirley Isbister says improvements to the kitchen will help the organization with some of the other supplemental services it provides.

“It’s basically kind of an on call, so CUMFI also provides free laundry service, courtesy telephone, we provide fruit and coffee when people from the community come in,” she says. “So, we basically meet the needs of anyone that’s hungry.”

Isbister says the federal money has gone specifically toward a new kitchen fan, stove and cupboards.

It was provided through the federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy which, since 2007, has placed over 55,000 people in more stable housing.