Shopppers donate $10,000 to Kawartha Food Share

Posted Jan 18, 2017

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Downtown shoppers donate $10,278.85 to Kawartha Food Share

Jan. 18, 2017 – The generous shoppers of downtown Peterborough gave $10,278.85 to support Kawartha Food Share during the 2016 Holiday Season.

The City of Peterborough’s parking division and the Downtown Business Improvement Area have partnered since 2003 to provide two hours free parking downtown through the holiday season. The initiative starts on Black Friday and runs through to the end of December. During this time, all money put in the parking meters is donated to charity.

This year’s donation brings us to a grand total of $108,389.66 donated to charity through the program.

"Thank you to everyone who put money in the parking meters to support Kawartha Food Share during the downtown free parking program over the holiday season. This small program has made a big difference in the lives of so many of our City's residents over the years," says Mayor Daryl Bennett.

“The transportation division is pleased to once again be able to partner with the DBIA to provide this Christmas parking promotion which benefits our downtown shoppers and merchants and supports the excellent work that Kawartha Food Share does all year long,” says Transportation Manager Kevin Jones.

“It has been a successful shopping season for local downtown businesses and it’s wonderful to see our shoppers also supporting the great work of Kawartha Food Share,” says DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel. “It’s amazing that people donating their parking meter change adds up to more than $100,000 over the years to support those in need in our community.”

Kawartha Food Share currently assists more than 8,100 men women and children every month through 36 member agencies. This includes four meal programs, four City food banks, six housing projects, seven county food banks, and over 20 food cupboards across the City and County of Peterborough. Last year the warehouse distributed over 5 million dollars worth of food and emergency care needs. 

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AuthorJoel Wiebe

Date Posted Jan 18, 2017, 11:40 am