Partners in Mission hopes to collect 30K lbs of food at ‘Food Blitz’

After a 2-year break, the Partners in Mission Food Bank has a team of volunteers ready to accept donations for their annual Food Blitz.

On Saturday, Apr. 9, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., teams of volunteers will be handing out collection bags to shoppers at grocery stores across the City of Kingston, according to a release from Partners in Mission.

“All non-perishable food items will be gratefully accepted with a focus on canned fish, meat, peanut butter, stew, cereal, and all forms of baby foods,” the organization stated.

This year’s goal is to collect 30,000 lbs of food on Saturday and raise $60,000 over the month of April.

“2021 was a record-breaking year for Partners in Mission Food Bank, having distributed 14,229 food hampers, all built by our volunteers,” said Dan Irwin, Executive Director of Partners in Mission. “Need for the food bank has never been greater. With the remaining impacts of COVID and inflationary pressures, 2022 is setting new monthly highs for our food hampers.”

Volunteer teams will be collecting at the following nine grocery store locations:

  • Grant’s No Frills – Division Street
  • Chris & Beth’s No Frills – Coverdale Drive
  • Loblaws – Princess Street                                                          
  • Loblaws – Midland Avenue
  • Freshco – Princess Street                                                          
  • Van Wart’s Your Independent Grocer – Gore Rd
  • Food Basics – Hwy 15                                                                
  • Metro – Gardiners Road
  • Metro – Bayridge Drive

“I would like to thank all our incredible volunteers from Kingston Rotary groups, Kingston and Area Real Estate Association, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, RBC, BMO, Kingston City Police Volunteers, Secura Financial, CFB Kingston, Holy Cross Secondary, Queen’s Islamic Relief, as well as numerous individuals,” Irwin stated. “Their incredible assistance brings our mission ‘to provide nourishment, hope, and support in our community with an opportunity for all to share‘ to life.”

Online Food Blitz donations can be made at: www.kingstonfoodbank.ca.

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