COBS Bread Kingston raises over $10K for The Food Sharing Project

Ashley Logan (left), owner of COBS Bread Kingston, presents a donation cheque to Andy Mills, Executive Director of The Food Sharing Project, accompanied by COBS Bread staff members. Supplied image.

For the third year in a row, COBS Bread Kingston RioCan has raised more money than any other COBS in Canada during its annual Doughnation Day campaign.

This year, the local COBS raised $10,750 in support of The Food Sharing Project.

“For the month of February, we asked customers if they would add a donation to The Food Sharing Project,” said Ashley Logan, the Kingston COBS franchisee. “Our staff have been profoundly touched by the generosity of our customers in supporting this worthwhile cause.”

According to a media release, the fundraising month was capped off on Saturday, Mar. 2, 2024, with “Doughnation Day” where $2 from the sale of every six-pack of hot cross buns was donated back to The Food Sharing Project.

“All our staff and customers are clearly very passionate about this local charity and the positive impact it has on children’s lives,” Logan added.

“Giving back to the community is a cornerstone of every COBS Bread bakery, and we are so happy to be making a difference to the people and families in this community who benefit from The Food Sharing Project.”

The Food Sharing Project is a charity that provides nutritious food to schools, so any student who needs it can access healthy food. Now in its 40th year, The Food Sharing Project receives food orders from school coordinators and delivers the food right to the door of 88 schools all across KFL&A, each and every week of the school year, according to the release.

“The need for healthy food at schools continues to increase every year as families struggle with the affordability crisis,” said Andy Mills, Executive Director of The Food Sharing Project.

“Families who were just making it by last year now have to pay more for rent, gas and food, and they are increasingly relying on the availability of food at school for their kids.”

Each week, volunteers pack over 450 boxes of food – valued at $20,000 – that are delivered to area schools. According to the release, school staff and volunteers prepare snacks and meals for any student who needs healthy food, for any reason, no questions asked.

“Research and our school educators tell us that students who eat nutritious food at school are more engaged in their learning, can focus better on tasks and can have more positive social interactions throughout the day,” said Brenda Moore, Chair of the Board of Directors.

According to the release, access to healthy food at school can make a critical difference.

“We heard from a graduating high school student who told us that they would’ve had to quit school and get a job to support the family income, if food hadn’t been available to school for them and their siblings,” Moore added.

“We are also grateful that COBS has helped inform their customers about our organization and [the] work we do. Raising awareness about the serious issue of food insecurity in our community is important.”

A recently released report from KFL&A Public Health indicates that 1 in 6 people in KFL&A are experiencing food insecurity, a significant change from the previous year when it was 1 in 9. The money raised from this fundraiser will go directly toward supporting school-aged children who may be facing food insecurity.

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  • Congratulations on a great fundraising effort for a charity vital to our community!

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