Peterborough pulls together to donate 22,707 pounds of food to Kawartha Food Share

Volunteers collected bags of donated food items and toilet paper rolls during 'Spare A Square' porch food drive on March 23

Some of the 22,707 pounds of food and toilet paper donated to Kawartha Food Drive on March 23, 2020 as a result of the "Spare A Square" porch food drive in Peterborough. (Photo: Kawartha Food Share)
Some of the 22,707 pounds of food and toilet paper donated to Kawartha Food Drive on March 23, 2020 as a result of the "Spare A Square" porch food drive in Peterborough. (Photo: Kawartha Food Share)

Thanks to the generosity of the Peterborough community, including the efforts of volunteers, a total of 22,707 pounds of food donations has been collected for Kawartha Food Share to restock their empty shelves.

During the “Spare A Square” city-wide porch food drive, Peterborough residents were asked to leave bags filled non-perishable food items and a roll or two of toilet paper on their porch on Monday (March 23).

Beginning at 9 a.m., volunteers drove around the city to collect the items and deliver them to Kawartha Food Share’s warehouse.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on March 23, 2020, volunteers drove around Peterborough to collect donated food items and deliver them to Kawartha Food Share's warehouse. (Photo: Kawartha Food Share)
Beginning at 9 a.m. on March 23, 2020, volunteers drove around Peterborough to collect donated food items and deliver them to Kawartha Food Share’s warehouse. (Photo: Kawartha Food Share)

In accordance with social distancing directives, the volunteers were in their own vehicles and had no face-to-face contact with people who leave bags on their front porch.

Even though volunteers did an amazing job collecting the donations, especially during a minor snow storm, some bags may have been missed.

If your bag wasn’t picked up, Kawartha Food Share is asking you to drop the donations in a collection bin located in all local grocery stores, or in the donation bins located outside of Kawartha Food Share’s warehouse at 665 Neal Drive in Peterborough.

In accordance with social distancing directives, the volunteers were in their own vehicles and had no face-to-face contact with people who leave bags on their front porch. (Photo: Kawartha Food Share)
In accordance with social distancing directives, the volunteers were in their own vehicles and had no face-to-face contact with people who leave bags on their front porch. (Photo: Kawartha Food Share)

Kawartha Food Share assists more than 8,900 people every month through 11 food banks and 20 food cupboards in the city and county of Peterborough as well as through four meal programs and six housing projects.

Those people, including families with children, who rely on Kawartha Food Share every month are particularly vulnerable. And if people on limited incomes cannot get needed items at grocery stores, they will turn to a food bank.

Donated items included toilet paper rolls and much-needed food items  canned tuna, pasta and pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and more. (Photo: Kawartha Food Share)
Donated items included toilet paper rolls and much-needed food items canned tuna, pasta and pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and more. (Photo: Kawartha Food Share)

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