This weekend, COBS Bread RioCan Centre Kingston and local franchisee Ashley Logan will be collecting donations to Lionhearts from COBS customers.
According to a release from Lionhearts Inc., the donations collected on Dec. 1, 2, and 3, 2023, will support the Lionhearts Student Food Box, a program that delivers pantry staples, fresh produce, dairy, and accessible snacks to 270 local families with school-aged children twice a month. For the fundraiser, Logan is joined by The Ritchie Fund, the Rotary Clubs of Kingston, and an anonymous donor who will be matching all donations received in store. This means all donations received on these days at the Kingston COBS Bread location will be tripled.
“All of our staff know how important access to food is, especially to a growing child,” Logan said. “We are very pleased to see the positive difference that we can bring to the local community. The dedicated work and effort put forward by the Lionhearts are instrumental to our communities overall well-being. We are thrilled to be a part of it in some capacity.”
Lionhearts shared that the Kingston Rotary Clubs work alongside them to pack and distribute the boxes, which contain approximately $80 to $90 worth of groceries but cost approximately $16 to fully process. According to the release, the program is waitlisted and not fully funded. With this support, Lionhearts hopes to expand the program.
COBS Bread franchisees like Logan have been strong supporters of Lionhearts and its work to recover food and household goods from businesses to redistribute to frontline agencies, according to the release. At Logan’s COBS Bread alone, Lionhearts picks up over $1,000 worth of bread products each day.
“We’re so appreciative to those like Ashley, the Ritchie family fund, the Rotary Clubs of Kingston, and all our supporters who are working with us to empower our frontline agencies and our vulnerable neighbours,” said Travis Blackmore, Executive Director of Lionhearts Inc. “Thanks to their generosity, and the support of many wonderful partners like these fine folks, we know many more people in our community will be able to break bread this holiday season and enjoy a good meal.”
During this fundraiser, and throughout the month of December, Lionhearts is also soliciting donations to a matching campaign supported by two anonymous donors. Lionhearts said that donations made before Dec. 31 will be matched up to $35,000, and will also be eligible for 2023 tax receipts.
Funds raised will be used to support Lionhearts programming, which includes food and household good recovery, meal programs, the aforementioned food boxes, emergency shelters, supportive and transitional housing, vocational training and social enterprises, street outreach via The Embassy Live Music Café, and anti-sex trafficking work, according to the press release.
To learn about donation options, visit lionhearts.ca/donate or search Lionhearts on CanadaHelps.
The Ritchie Fund was established in 2015 by a local family through the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area “to honour a family member. According to the Community Foundation website, the family decides which charities they wish to support annually.