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#24HoursofGiving Success

December 5th, 2019Awareness

This year on Giving Tuesday, we asked the community to participate in #24HoursofGiving and help raise 1,500 healthy hampers for people struggling to put food on the table.

We knew the goal was ambitious and we were determined to make it a record-breaking day. While we didn’t quite reach our goal, we are thrilled to share we raised 957 healthy hampers and counting!

Every day in Waterloo Region, people are forced to make impossible choices: pay their rent, buy their child a winter coat, cover unexpected medical expenses and put food on the table. Last year, 34,552 people accessed food assistance locally.

Did you know, every day in our community 220 food hampers are distributed with all food groups equally represented?

We also posted videos throughout the day from our community members sharing why they give. Check them out on our YouTube page!

Healthy Hampers Provide Access to Nutritious Food

Healthy hampers provide a balanced selection of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food items that reflect Canada’s Food Guide recommendations. Hamper items may include: fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk, a variety of protein options as well as canned and boxed items. Each hamper is estimated to last each household 3 to 4 days. Hampers also include essential non-food items, like oral hygiene, baby care products, feminine hygiene and household cleaning supplies.

Thanks to your generosity, you helped provide nearly 1,000 individuals and families with healthy hampers that will support them this winter!

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