An article about the Kingston Food Bank from the start of May for their annual Food Blitz. We are looking forward to helping them out some more this Saturday with our event! – http://www.thewhig.com/2018/05/02/food-bank-blitz-this-weekend
Food bank blitz this weekend
On Tuesday, May 1, 2017, Sandy Singers, executive director at Partners in Mission Food Bank, holds up one of the many collection bags that will be handed out this Saturday at nine local grocery stores as part of the annual Food Blitz in Kingston. Julia McKay/The Whig-Standard
Every can and dollar helps feed those in need in the Kingston area.
With that in mind, the Partners in Mission Food Bank’s annual food blitz takes place Saturday, at nine local grocery stores.
“This is our big drive before the summer months hit us because we generally don’t do any food or fundraising over the summer,” Sandy Singers, executive director of Partners in Mission Food Bank, said. “To have a target anymore is kind of a fool’s games. We used to say 100,000 pounds [of food] and we’ve generally done about 70,000 pounds over the last four or five years, so we’re happy with that if we can hit that mark.”
The past two years have been the busiest for the local food bank, with 12,000 hampers going out into the community.
“We’re burning through about 2,000 pounds of food per day, going into about 60 hampers per day,” Singers said.
Kingston is one of the last food banks in the province to change from the door-to-door collection method to setting up at grocery stores.
“This will be our third year in the new format,” Singers said. “It just makes sense to do it at the grocery stores. It makes it that much easier for everyone.”
There will be a few hundred volunteers handing out food bank collection bags and accepting cash donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the following grocery stores: Loblaws at 1100 Princess St., Loblaws at 1048 Midland Ave., Freshco at 2327 Princess St., Bennett’s Valu-mart at 235 Gore Rd., Food Basics at 1200 Hwy. 15, Grant’s No Frills at 1162 Division St., Metro Bayridge at 775 Bayridge Dr., Gord & Kim’s No Frills at 1030 Coverdale Dr., and Metro at 460 Gardiner’s Rd.
“This doesn’t happen without those volunteers, so we’re really grateful to have them on board,” Singers said.
Many of the volunteers will be coming from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Kingston Rotary Club, Royal Military College, Kingston and Area Real Estate Association, and Hotel Dieu Hospital.
“At this point, [we need] any and all foods,” Singers said. “We would also encourage people to make cash donations. We’re buying more food, and that money really gives us the flexibility to buy what we need, when we need it, and we’re doing such bulk buying now, buying pallets of product at a time, that we can really reduce the cost and really stretch the dollar further.”
The food bank in Kingston has been providing food hampers to those in need since 1984.
“We are up seven per cent over last year at this time, in demand for our service,” Singer said.
For those who won’t be grocery shopping on Saturday, the food bank has an online donation link on its website at http://www.kingstonfoodbank.net. Click the “donate now” banner in the top right.
“It surprises me that we’re still doing this … there has been no real movement, collectively as a society, to enable people to not be in a low-income situation,” Singers said. “The response from the community is usually very strong.”