Food for Thought Blog
24 Hours of Gratitude Huge Success
Twenty-twenty has been a challenging year for all of us, but it has been especially difficult for the most vulnerable in our community. The COVID-19 pandemic, sudden job loss, unexpected illness, tightened budgets and the rising cost of living have made it even more difficult for people in our community to afford healthy, nutritious food.
Despite those challenges, you continued to support us in ways we never could’ve imaged.
This year for Giving Tuesday, we launched 24 Hours of Gratitude, as a way to thank you for your support and help ensuring no one goes hungry in Waterloo Region. Unlike previous Giving Tuesday’s, we didn’t set a fundraising goal. Instead our goal was simple: to say thank you. We shared messages of gratitude from staff, volunteers, and community members highlighting how your support and generosity has made a difference.
And once again, you showed your commitment to helping the more than 33,000 people in our community struggling to put food on the table.
The reality is hunger can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. And while we know we won’t solve hunger in one day, we do know we can ease the stress and provide healthy, safe and nutritious meals for many in Waterloo Region.
Yesterday, thanks to your generosity, we will be able to provide 503,307 (and counting) additional meals!
At a time when hope is more important than ever, your compassion and the meals you’ve helped provide will make this unique holiday season brighter. These meals will be distributed to the Community Food Assistance Network – a system of 100+ community programs and agency partners working together to provide food and connection to the vital supports and services needed by many in our community. In addition to providing emergency food, your financial donations will also allow us the flexibility to fill gaps in our inventory, and purchase fuel for our vehicles to continue the delivery of essential services, during COVID-19 and beyond.