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Tim Horton’s Fall Food Drive Wrap Up

November 22nd, 2018Events

Fall is an energetic and busy time of year at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. You can feel the excitement – as the community gets back into their routines – and we prepare for a flurry of events and Food & Fund Drives.

During the Tim Horton’s Fall Food Drive, thanks to the support of many community members, partners and groups, we were able to replenish many of our most needed items and re-stock our shelves. We are excited to share that with your generosity, we raised enough food and funds to provide 289,305 meals to those in need of food assistance in Waterloo Region.

Successful kick-off with introduction of new events

This year, we launched the Tim Horton’s Fall Food Drive with a brand new event, our inaugural Harvest Food Drive. The one-day only event was an opportunity for the community to donate newly purchased fresh fruit and vegetables, something many people don’t realize The Food Bank distributes.

More than 60% of all food distributed by The Food Bank is fresh or frozen, and events like the Harvest Food Drive helps us provide healthier, more nutritious food choices to the 100+ community programs and agency partners we work with, as well as talk to the community about how we use fresh food in our programs.

We introduced another first-time event, Fitness Feeds the Community, which was in partnership with Fire-to-Food-Bank-365 and Depth Training. This fun, family-friendly event was designed to get you moving, in support of The Food Bank. Volunteers from a number of community-based organizations – KW Titans, Laurier Football and Kitchener Minor Baseball Association, just to name a few – were on site leading various activities.

Community organizations partner to ensure winning recipe!

We joined forces again with The Kitchener Rangers for the Kitchener Rangers Game Day and the Kitchener Rangers Classroom Challenge. During the Kitchener Rangers Game Day, volunteers and staff were at The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium collecting non-perishable food and fund donations. There was an even appearance by Phil, the Food Drive Bag (our new mascot!). The Kitchener Rangers Classroom Challenge returned for another year and continues to be an excellent chance to engage, educate and motivate youth in our community to make a positive impact. Elementary schools host Food & Fund Drives and compete for the chance to visit The Food Bank and have lunch with members of the Kitchener Rangers.

The Kitchener Rangers Classroom Challenge ends in early November and we will share the impact of both events at that time.

We partnered again with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest on the Onkel Hans Food Drive. This year, the food drive included a number of new (and many returning) events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival, such as: the Kitchener Rangers Commemorative Jersey auction, KWO Family Breakfast, the 50th anniversary concert and of course the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  This partnership continues to be a huge supporter of The Food Bank and helps to provide the food and funds needed to feed the 1 in 20 households in our community in need of assistance.

Fall Food Drive wraps up with great challenge

We wrapped up the 2018 Tim Horton’s Fall Food Drive with the 4th annual Great Food Sort Challenge, where friends, co-workers (and even a few rivals) met on the sorting room floor to see who could sort the most food, the fastest. The annual event brought together 28 teams (nearly 300 people) for some friendly (and fierce) competition to help battle hunger in Waterloo Region.

Together, the teams, with their impressive fundraising efforts, fast hands and endless amounts of energy, helped raise 66,309 meals for those in need of food support in our community. To learn more about this great event and to get involved in the 2019 Great Food Sort Challenge, click here.

A huge thank you to our incredible community partners, we appreciate your continued support and look forward to another successful Fall Food Drive in 2019.