Downtown Peterborough shoppers raise over $10,000 for Kawartha Food Share

Money was collected from downtown parking meters over late November and December

Ashlee Aitken of Kawartha Food Share (second from right) accepts the $10,054.30 donation from (left to right) Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett, the City of Peterborough's Manager of Transportation Kevin Jones, DBIA mascot George King of Downtown, and DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel (photo courtesy Peterborough DBIA)
Ashlee Aitken of Kawartha Food Share (second from right) accepts the $10,054.30 donation from (left to right) Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett, the City of Peterborough's Manager of Transportation Kevin Jones, DBIA mascot George King of Downtown, and DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel (photo courtesy Peterborough DBIA)

The City of Peterborough and the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) presented a donation of $10,054.30 today to Kawartha Food Share.

“The City of Peterborough is pleased with the completion of another successful Christmas Parking promotion in partnership with the DBIA,” says Kevin Jones, Transportation Manager for the City of Peterborough.

“Peterborough residents continue to give to worthy causes such as Kawartha Food Share, and this year over $10,000 was raised during the Christmas parking promotion to help those less fortunate.”

Starting on the last Friday in November and throughout the month of December, people could park for free for two hours in downtown Peterborough. All money put into parking meters was set aside for Kawartha Food Share.

“We’ve had a wonderful holiday shopping season downtown as people appreciate the benefits of shopping local,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the DBIA. “It’s great to see the holiday season topped off with a significant donation to such a worthy cause that benefits so many in our community. Thanks to our downtown patrons for their support!”

Since 2003, the City of Peterborough’s parking division has partnered with the DBIA to provide two hours of free parking downtown in December and to donate money collected from parking meters to charity. Starting in 2014, the free holiday parking initiative began on Black Friday in late November.

The initiative has raised a total of $98,110.81 since it began.

Donations over the past two years have gone to Kawartha Food Share, which assists more than 8,100 men, women, and children every month through 37 member agencies. Services 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 $10 million worth of food and emergency care needs.

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