The 23rd annual ‘Loonies on the Street’ fundraiser for Kawartha Food Share returns from 7 to 10 a.m. on Friday, December 15th, just outside of Peterborough Square at the corner of George and Simcoe Streets in downtown Peterborough.
Over the past 22 years, the event has brought in more than $2 million in monetary donations for Kawartha Food Share, allowing the organization to purchase food items for more than 12,000 people in need every month in the Peterborough area.
As FREQ 90.5 and OLDIES 96.7 broadcasts the event live, a “bucket brigade” of volunteers will be collecting loonies and toonies up and down George Street, with volunteers from the Peterborough Lions Club doing the same on the Hunter Street Bridge.
Last year’s Loonies on the Street collected over $160,000 in donations for Kawartha Food Share.
The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $100,000 and, thanks to donations that have already been made, Kawartha Food Share is almost three-quarters of the way to that goal.
Online donations can be made now at canadahelps.org/en/pages/3-loonies-on-the-street/.
Kawartha Food Share is a central collection and distribution warehouse that partners with 37 member agency food banks, food cupboards, and other food action programs in the City and County of Peterborough.
More than 35 per cent of the 12,000 people Kawartha Food Share feeds every month are children, with the non-profit organization also providing nutritious snacks for 51 area school breakfast programs helping over 17,000 children get a healthy start to their school day.
Kawartha Food Share also provides outreach to those living with food insecurity by partnering with community meal programs, including those provided by Brock Mission, One Roof, Salvation Army Peterborough, and more.