Spring Hoedown to raise money for The Food Sharing Project

Photo via The Food Sharing Project website.

Everyone is invited to dust off their boots, don their best cowboy hat, and get ready to kick up their heels on the dance floor later this month in support of the Food Sharing Project.

The Boots & Buckles Hoedown will be a night of dancing, great food, good fun, and Western vibes at the Italo-Canadian Club. Ticket sales for the hoedown, taking place from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024, will support the local charity, which provides nutritious food for breakfast, lunch and hearty snack programs at all 88 schools in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, according to a release from The Food Sharing Project.

Some of the highlights of the evening include western-themed food stations presented throughout the evening with items such as Buttermilk & Cajun Spiced Fried Chicken sliders, Vegetarian Chili & Tajin Spiced Corn Tortilla, and hand-carved BBQ Braised Beef Brisket. According to the release, guests will receive a complimentary signature cocktail/mocktail which they can enjoy while viewing the many silent auction items donated by local businesses and by many of the schools which receive weekly food support from The Food Sharing Project. The headlining band will be Steve Cheesman and the Heeters, playing danceable hits from the 60s and 70s, and experienced line dancing instructors will help you dance the night away.

The Food Sharing Project delivers over $20,000 in food every week of the school year so that any student who needs healthy food to make it through the day is able to access it, no questions asked.

“The demand for healthy food at school increased dramatically over the past few years as more families struggle with the affordability crisis,” said Brenda Moore, Chair of the Board. “When children and youth come to school hungry, it affects their ability to learn, concentrate and problem solve. As one of our school coordinators said, when we can provide nutritious food at school, [it] gives them a fighting chance to succeed.”

In 2023, 1 in 6 households in KFL&A lived with food insecurity, a number that jumped from 1 in 9 in 2022, according to a report from KFL&A Public Health.

“More families are relying on food at school for their kids, so they can use their limited income for rent, utilities, and gas to get to work,” Moore added.

According to the release, the Boots & Buckles Hoedown is sponsored by more than a dozen local businesses led by Trailblazer sponsors Cunningham Swan Lawyers and Novelis Inc. Kingston. For more information, including the delicious menu, a list of sponsors, and a link to purchase tickets, go to https://www.foodsharingproject.org/hoedown/

3 thoughts on “Spring Hoedown to raise money for The Food Sharing Project

  • Thanks for sharing the invitation, Jessica! Just a correction that the Boots and Buckles Hoedown is May 25th from 5pm-11pm. See you there!

    • Thanks, Brenda!
      We’ve updated the article to reflect the correct times for the event.

      Tori Stafford

  • Thank you, Brenda, for your decades of service to Limestone’s hungry children.

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