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Students Face-Off for a Chance to Meet Rangers and Help Neighbours in Need

November 25th, 2019Media Releases

Kitchener, ON – November 25 – Since September, local elementary school students have been raising food and funds for the chance to meet members of the 2019-2020 Kitchener Rangers.

On Tuesday, November 26, students from Lester B. Pearson Public School and Meadowlane Public School will visit The Food Bank of Waterloo Region for a food engagement experience, warehouse tour and pizza lunch with members of the Kitchener Rangers.

Lester B. Pearson Public School took top spot, raising 2,830 pounds of food and Meadowlane Public School followed up with 980 pounds. Together, the two classrooms provided an impressive 2,977 meals for the 1 in 20 households struggling to put food on the table.

This year 24 schools participated in the annual event, raising an impressive 20,616 pounds of food and $845, providing an additional 18,641 meals to those in need. The Kitchener Rangers Classroom Challenge encourages youth to get involved, give back and make a difference in their community.

Each year, elementary classrooms across Waterloo Region are challenged to collect the most food and funds for the chance to spend a morning at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region with members of the 2019-2020 Kitchener Rangers team. Winning classrooms are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Number of meals raised per student
  • Ways students were encouraged to learn about food insecurity in Waterloo Region.

“We are so appreciative to all the participants of this year’s Classroom Challenge. We’re especially thankful to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region for this partnership to help ensure no one in our community goes hungry,” said the Rangers Director of Marketing and Communications, Michelle Benevides.

Event Specific Details:

You are asked to attend this event and provide important coverage of community members and organizations working together to ensure no one goes hungry in Waterloo Region.

What: The Kitchener Rangers Classroom Challenge

Where: The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, 50 Alpine Court, Kitchener, ON, N2E2M7

When:  Tuesday, November 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Why: Schools play an important role in raising awareness and understanding of hunger in our community. This opportunity to spend time at The Food Bank with some of their favorite Kitchener Rangers players is a fun way to reinforce their work.

Who: Students from Lester B. Pearson Public School and Meadowlane Public School as well as several players from the Kitchener Rangers.

A generous thank you to our sponsors:

Little Caesars Pizza for providing the food and Great Canadian Coaches for the transportation.

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About The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Founded in 1984, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region was the first organization of its kind in Ontario, dedicated to providing emergency food. Thirty-five years after incorporation, The Food Bank continues to evolve to meet the needs of the community, ensuring no one goes hungry. As a leader of the Community Food Assistance Network, The Food Bank distributes more than 4.5 million pounds of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food to 100+ community programs and agency partners throughout Waterloo Region. The Food Bank is a registered charitable organization. Learn more at: thefoodbank.ca.

Contact
Jennifer Judges
Communications Specialist
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
e: jenniferj@thefoodbank.ca
o: 519.743.5576 x 236
c: 519.574.5489