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In the Community: Home Hardware

January 1st, 2021In the Community

Last fall, we profiled Home Hardware about their long-time partnership with The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the importance of giving back to the community at a corporate and individual level.

This year, we had the opportunity to chat with Carly Byrd, Public Relations Coordinator at Home Hardware Stores Limited in more detail about their ongoing support of The Food Bank and the communities they live and work in.

Click here to read part one of their In the Community profile from November 2019.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): When did you hear about The Food Bank?

Home Hardware: It’s hard to remember a time when The Food Bank of Waterloo Region didn’t exist. Their ongoing effort to assist local families in need has been a tremendous asset for many years.

The Food Bank: What prompted you to start supporting The Food Bank as a sponsor?

Home Hardware: As a truly Canadian company, the health and wellbeing of our surrounding communities is, and will always be, important to us. We are proud to be able to offer essential services and support to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region as they care for the needs of our local community. Home Hardware is a long-time supporter of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, with corporate staff volunteering throughout the year, as well as donating thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food annually.

The Food Bank: You support so many organizations, what is the motivation/driver for continuing to support The Food Bank?

Home Hardware: Home Hardware was founded in St. Jacobs, Ontario almost 60 years ago. As a neighbouring business, it’s our honour to provide community support to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region as we work together to combat hunger and provide nutritional meals to local families.

The Food Bank: What would you say to encourage others to support The Food Bank?

Home Hardware: This year the holiday season is going to look and feel a little bit different. That’s why it’s more important than ever to support your local community and the many families who need meals this Christmas. Supporting the local food bank gives families hope when they need it the most.

The Food Bank: What interests you most about The Food Bank?

Home Hardware: No matter where you live in our community, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region provides local families with access to food assistance. Last year, over five million pounds of food was acquired and distributed and 50 per cent of those helped were single people living alone.

The Food Bank: Has COVID-19 impacted how or why you support The Food Bank?

Home Hardware: As COVID-19 remains a central focus for all Canadians, so does ensuring the health and safety of our local communities. Home Hardware is proud to offer help when and where it is needed the most. Giving back and supporting the local community is a top priority for our team.

The Food Bank: As a supporter of The Food Bank, what have you learned about The Food Bank that you didn’t know?

Home Hardware: We learned the efforts of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, as well as its partners, have helped to serve 1,475 community meals daily last year, and 36% of people helped were under the age of 18. These numbers are concerning, and certainly highlight the prevalence of food insecurity in our community, further affirming the importance of our commitment to The Food Bank.