Food Blitz takes in 54,400 pounds of non-perishable goods

food blitz bag on chairThe Partners in Mission Food Bank is stocking its shelves with 54,400 pounds of non-perishable goods today after canvassers went door to door last night for the 30th Annual Hotel Dieu Hospital Food Blitz.  That number will likely jump to about 66,000 pounds over the next few weeks as the Food Bank continues to pick up and receive donations.

While the number is short of the Food Bank’s goal of 100,000 pounds, the organization’s executive director says that the difference is made up through an increasing number of third-party food collections occurring throughout the year.

“We’ve been able to consistently distribute just over 1 million dollars’ worth of food annually to those in need that has come directly from the community,” says Sandy Singers.  “This means that we’re receiving the same amount of food donations, just in different ways.”

He says the Food Bank is now exploring a different model for its annual collection and hoping to roll that out next year.

“There’s plenty of time between now and then to work out the details and we’ll keep the public informed as we move forward,” he explains.  “We remain extremely grateful to the Kingston community for their ongoing support over the last 30 years and we look forward to bigger and better things in the future.”

Singers encourages the community to continue with donations of non-perishable food items at grocery stores and also to remember that monetary donations are always welcome via the Food Bank’s website at www.kingstonfoodbank.net.

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