Hotel Dieu Hospital Food Blitz hits the streets May 14

(Kingston ON, May 5, 2014) Volunteer canvassers for the 29th Annual Hotel Dieu Hospital Food Blitz will be running door to door between 6 and 9 pm, Wednesday, May 14, their sights set on collecting 100,000 non-perishable food items for the Partners in Mission Food Bank.

Collection bags are scheduled to be distributed with the May 8th edition of Kingston This Week. People are asked to fill the bag with non-perishable food items only. The Food Bank is in particular need of peanut butter, juice, rice, tuna, canned fruits and canned vegetables but all donations are welcome. Baby food and formula will be gratefully accepted also.

On Blitz night, householders are invited to hand their donations to identified canvassers at the door or to leave them bagged on the doorstep for pick-up.

Since the fall of 2008 the Food Bank has experienced a 26 per cent increase in demand for assistance, says Executive Director Sandy Singers.

“Last year, we had an additional increase of 2.5 per cent,” he says. “We’re grateful for assistance from the community at this time of year when we really need to stock up for the summer months ahead.”

Donations can also be dropped off weekdays at the Food Bank at 140 Hickson Ave. or at all major grocery retailers.

Monetary donations can be made via the Food Bank’s website at www.kingstonfoodbank.net.

For more details about the Blitz, please call the Food Bank at 613-544-4534.

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Media contact: Anne Rutherford, Public Relations, 613-544-3400, ext. 3380, rutherfa@hdh.kari.net

Hotel Dieu Hospital is the ambulatory care teaching and research hospital for Kingston and Southeastern Ontario, affiliated with Queen’s University. We provide expert care to more than 500,000 people in the region through specialized programs including pediatrics, medicine, ophthalmology, cardiology, surgery, mental health, oncology and urgent care. We deliver quality, safe health care, while advancing innovative research and educating the health care professionals of the future. Leading the transformation of ambulatory care

L'Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu est l'établissement de soins ambulatoires universitaire pour Kingston et le Sud-Est de l'Ontario affilié à l’Université Queen's. Il fournit des soins spécialisés à plus de 500 000 personnes de la région. Parmi ses services spécialisés, mentionnons les services de pédiatrie, de médecine, d’ophtalmologie, de cardiologie, de chirurgies, de santé mentale, d’oncologie et de soins d'urgence. L'hôpital fournit des services de soins de santé sûrs et de qualité tout en menant des recherches novatrices et en formant les professionnels de la santé de demain. Chef de file pour la transformation des soins ambulatoires

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