COBS Bread Kingston raises over $17K for Lionhearts Student Food Box program

Ashley Burns, Lionhearts; Ashley Logan, local COBS franchisee; and Paul Elsley with the Rotary Clubs of Kingston are joined by local COBS staff Shari and Rachel Tulk (back row) in celebrating $17,132 raised for the Lionhearts Student Food Box program. Photo via Lionhearts.

Earlier this month, COBS Bread RioCan Centre Kingston and local franchisee Ashley Logan collected $17,132 in donations to support Lionhearts Student Food Box program.

The Lionhearts Student Food Box is 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, donations were made by COBS customers on Dec. 1, 2, and 3, 2023, at COBS Kingston, and matched by Ashley Logan, Rotary, the Ritchie Fund (Community Foundation of Kingston & Area), and an anonymous donor.

“All of our staff know how important access to food is, especially to a growing child,” Logan said in a press release dated Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. “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.”

Throughout 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.

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