Holiday Season events to help end hunger


Yesterday I blogged (here) about the Christmas Hamper Program and how you can help the House of Friendship and Salvation Army make a difference this December. But donating food can involve more fun than filling a paper bag full of supplies.

As you may remember from our previous posts on this blog, the Emergency Food Hamper Program and the Christmas Hamper Program get the majority of their food from an other organization: the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.  This Holiday Season, there are many different community events coming up where Food Bank representatives will be present to accept food and monetary donations. Supporting the Food Bank will go a long way to ensuring we and the many other food programs in the region can meet the needs of the people coming to us for help. (A little fuzzy on the difference between House of Friendship and the Food Bank?  read here to clear it up). So take your children or friends out to have a great time at one of the many events to come:

  • Drop off a donation to the Center in the Square while you’re there to see a performance, or if it’s close to your home. Donation bins will be placed in their lobby area during the month of December.
  • Purchase an “Extra Helpings” food bag from any Loblaws, Zehrs, Valu-Marts, No Fills, Great Canadian Superstore, and the Great Canadian Wholesale Club during November 26-December 16th. You’ve probably seen the paper bags advertised near the front registers filled with canned goods that are passed on, along with the other items left in the donation bins, to the Food Bank to be distributed. Or there is always the option to purchase a few extra items during your regular grocery trips to place in the donation bins, which are located near the Customer Service area in most grocery stores.
  • Visit Christmas Fantasy at the Victoria Park Clock Tower on December 2nd at 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm. This is the opening ceremony for the lights that are displayed in the park on the trees, buildings and bridges until early January. There will be free crafts for children, hot chocolate, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Food Bank representatives collecting food or monetary donations.
  • Participate in the “Stuff-a-bus” campaign on December 10th-12th at the Laurentian Power Center Zehrs, which is near the intersection of Ottawa St S and Homer Watson in Kitchener. Volunteers will be collecting donations of food in hopes to try to fill a city bus full of non-perishable food items.

Hopefully one of these many events has caught your interest or will fit into your schedule. These events are typically a lot of fun, and contribute to a helpful cause. But also feel free to stay in touch with the Food Banks calendar of upcoming events, which you can find on their website. You’ll learn about a lot of great festival and activities that occur throughout the year at a low-cost with a high yield of fun!


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