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Laurier Students Launch ‘Food Fight’ to support The Food Bank

April 14th, 2020Awareness, Stories

While social distancing and self-isolation is keeping many of us indoors during the COVID-19 global pandemic, it hasn’t stopped a group of ambitious Wilfrid Laurier Students from figuring out how they can virtually help their community.

In mid-March, the group launched a COVID-19 fundraiser, alongside Enactus Laurier, in support of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

“We are raising money to benefit The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, as we want to give back to the community that has provided us with plenty of memories,” said Zachary Maclaren, Co-Founder of FoodFight. “We aren’t from Waterloo but came here for school and it’s a great community to be part of.”

The team saw this as an opportunity to kick-off their social media page on Instagram – @foodfightofficial – and they currently have an app in development, which focuses on food waste reduction and sustainability. And supporting The Food Bank was a natural fit.

Inspired by the impact just $1 can make ($1 = 3 meals); the group set a goal of $1,000 in the hopes of providing 3,000 meals to people in need at this time.

“We decided to do this fundraiser for The Food Bank because of the $1 = 3 meals. Even if we are only able to raise $1, that’s one less person going hungry,” said Luke Radowsky, Co-Founder of FoodFight. “It’s been great to see the impact and feel as though we are actually helping.”

How You Can Help

While the need for food assistance in consistent in our community, the reality is, there is an increased need for support as we navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. Financial support helps The Food Bank fill gaps in our inventory; maintain operational activities to ensure continued service delivery to the Community Food Assistance Network and support people in our community during this unprecedented health crisis.

Interested in learning how you can support The Food Bank’s virtual Spring Food & Fund Drive, click here.