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KLFS Organizes a City of Kawartha Lakes Wide “Drive Thru Food Drive” to restock the shelves of 13 food banks.

UPDATE – May 14, 2020

Our City Wide Drive-Thru Food Drive was a huge success, thanks to the almost 300 donors that dropped off donations at the 13 participating locations. In total, an estimated 7,455 pounds of food were given!

On behalf of all food banks across the City of Kawartha Lakes, thank you so much to all who participated. We have a truly amazing community.

To see photos of the day, like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KawarthaLakesFoodSource/ or follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/kawarthalakesfoodsource/.

If you missed out on this food drive, but still want to give, visit our How To Donate During COVID-19 for a full list of ways to support food banks during COVID-19.

 

Across the City of Kawartha Lakes, there are a total of 14 food banks. This number often comes as a surprise to the general public, but to the individuals who account for the over 12,000 visits to food banks last year, the service they provide is essential for ensuring their family’s needs can be met in times of crisis.

Of the 14 food banks in the City of Kawartha Lakes, 10 are members of the Kawartha Lakes Food Source, a non-profit food distribution agency. These 10 food banks rely on the Kawartha Lakes Food Source to acquire, sort, store, and provide food and other essentials to them, so that food bank volunteers can focus on what they do best – serving their communities.

Since the announced state of emergency due to COVID-19, the Kawartha Lakes Food Source has received an outpour of support either in the form of donations or well wishes.

“Over the past five weeks, we have been amazed by how the community has responded to our initial calls for support” says Heather Kirby, Executive Director of the Kawartha Lakes Food Source. “With increased numbers of individuals served in March, and the cancellation of our spring food drive, we were growing increasingly worried that we would not be able to meet the need. But, with the help of all of donors, new and old, we have been able to ensure that the families that look to our food banks for help during this time will be met generously with food and other essential items.”

“We have been listening to food bank coordinators on the front lines, and to community members who have contacted us looking for ways to give back, and we are organizing an event which will allow connections to be made directly between both parties” Heather continues. “In early April, we hosted our first Drive Thru Food Drive across 4 locations in Lindsay and received an overwhelmingly positive response – unfortunately though, hunger exists in all corners of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Therefore, we have organized for an expanded version of this food drive, with a total of 13 locations across the municipality, including food banks that are not Kawartha Lakes Food Source members.”

The Drive Thru Food Drive will take place on Wednesday, May 13th, between 10 AM and 2 PM at 13 different locations

  1. Bethany/Pontypool Daily Bread Food Bank – 3 George St, Bethany
  2. Bobcaygeon Helps Food Bank – 43 Sherwood Ave, Bobcaygeon
  3. Coboconk Community Food Bank – 9 Northline Rd, Concession 7, Coboconk (Civitan Club)
  4. Dunsford Community Food Bank – 1981 Sturgeon Rd, Dunsford
  5. Fenelon Falls Salvation Army – 42 Bond St W, Fenelon Falls
  6. Kawartha Lakes Food Source – 41 George St W, Lindsay
  7. Kawartha Lakes Centre of Hope – 104 Lindsay St S, Lindsay
  8. Lindsay Salvation Army – 30 Peel St, Lindsay ON
  9. Lindsay Community Food Market – 125 Victoria Avenue N, Lindsay (Calvary Pentecostal Church)
  10. Little Britain Community Food Bank – 1022 Little Britain Rd, Little Britain (United Church)
  11. Omemee Food Bank – 62 King St, Omemee
  12. Women’s Resources – 50 Mary St W, Lindsay
  13. Woodville/Eldon Food Bank – 100 A King St W, Woodville

Donors are welcome to make their donation to whichever location best suits them, but the Kawartha Lakes Food Source strongly encourages individuals to donate to the food bank most local to them. “Each location will keep the food and funds they receive” explains Jessica Topfer, KLFS staff organizing this event. “So when you donate to the food bank in your community, you’re feeding a close friend and neighbour”.

Each location will have volunteers and/or signage to guide individuals through the drop off. If you choose to participate, please be sure to respect social distancing, leaving 2 metres between yourself and anyone volunteers or other donors. Cover your face adequately if you sneeze or cough and be sure to touch or handle as little as possible. Additionally, if you are feeling unwell at all, or are considered a vulnerable person, please stay home. We appreciate every community member who shows us support, but the health and safety of the community is paramount. Food banks will still be here when COVID-19 is no longer such a significant threat, and they will still need your help then to get back on their feet.

Items in greatest need:
  • personal hygiene items
  • household items (toilet paper, etc.)
  • pasta sauce
  • canned meats
  • crackers
  • cereal

Financial donations will also be accepted during this Drive Thru Food Drive. Please be sure to make any cheques out to the food bank you visit. If you are uncertain of the formal name, ask upon your arrival or call ahead.  

If you would like to contact a specific location, visit our Find a Food Bank web page for their contact information.

For individuals who live in the Kinmount or Janetville area, there are food banks located in both communities. These food banks were not able to participate in this event, but we encourage you to visit the weblink above for their contact information to make other donation arrangements.

If you have questions about this food drive in general, email info@kawarthalakesfoodsource.com or call 705-324-0707.

For more information about the Kawartha Lakes Food Source – including updates on local food banks – visit www.kawarthalakesfoodsource.com or like @KawarthaLakesFoodSource on Facebook.