Partners in Mission sets 35k lb goal for annual Food Blitz
On Saturday, Apr. 15, 2023, Partners in Mission Food Bank is holding their annual “Food Blitz” at grocery stores across the City of Kingston. From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. teams of volunteers will be handing out collection bags to shoppers and collecting donations.
According to a release from the organization, all non-perishable food items will be “gratefully accepted” with a focus on canned fish, meat, peanut butter, stew/Chunky soups, and cereal.
This year, the local food bank’s goal is to collect 35,000 lbs of food on Saturday, and $35,000 during the month of April.
“2022 was another record-breaking year for Partners in Mission Food Bank, having distributed 16,352 food hampers, all built by our volunteers,” said Dan Irwin, Executive Director at Partners in Mission. “Need for the food bank has never been greater. With the inflationary pressures, 2023 is again setting new monthly highs for our food hampers.”
Volunteer teams will be collecting at the following 11 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 Road
- Food Basics – Hwy 15
- Food Basics – Princess Street
- Metro – Gardiners Road
- Metro – Bayridge Drive
- Giant Tiger – RioCan Centre
“I would like to thank all our incredible volunteers from: Kingston Rotary groups, Kingston and Area Real Estate Association, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, RBC, Kingston Police Community Volunteers, CFB Kingston, Empire Life, Holy Cross Secondary, Bayridge Secondary, Queen’s Khalsa Aid, Queen’s Engineering staff, as well as numerous individuals,” Irwin continued “Their incredible assistance brings our mission ‘to provide nourishment, hope, and support in our community with an opportunity for all to share’ to life.”
Monetary “Food Blitz” donations can be made online at: www.kingstonfoodbank.ca.