Kingston, Ontario’s Food Sharing Project partners with 20 area-restaurants – Kingston IG News

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A group in the Kingston area is getting some much needed support.

A group of more than 20 local restaurants and three hotels are encouraging their customers to consider donating to The Food Sharing Project, a Kingston charity that provides nutritious meals to school lunch programs.

Partner restaurant “Care 2 Share?” Donation cards on their tables or counters that include information about the need and a QR code to donate.

“The demand for meals in schools has increased dramatically over the past few years,” said Andy Mills, executive director of The Food Sharing Project. “With the increase in food prices, we will spend approximately $200,000 more this year to provide schools with much-needed food for breakfast, lunch and snack programs.”

The Food Sharing Project says it sources healthy food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, that is delivered to schools at no cost.

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The organization says volunteers pack 450 boxes, or five tons, of food each week, which are delivered to all 88 schools in Kingston, Frontenac, and Lenox and Eddington. Which is worth more than $25,000 per school year. Schools use this food to provide healthy meals and snacks for any student with nutritional needs, no questions asked.

“The school coordinator is telling us that the children are very hungry. There are many families who are struggling hard to make ends meet and the skyrocketing prices at the grocery store are making it very challenging. We need to come up with a fundraiser to make sure we are able to support the students through the end of the school year,” said Brenda Moore, chair of the board of The Food Sharing Project.

“Students will do better in school when they don’t have to worry about going hungry,” said Moore, a retired principal. “I hear students say that the school lunch is the best meal they have had for the whole day. One graduate student told us that she would have had to drop out of school if she and her siblings did not get healthy food at school And had to do a job to help his family.

The Food Sharing Project reached out to local restaurants to see if they would promote the fundraising campaign.

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“We are happy to help raise awareness and funds for The Food Sharing Project,” said Zoe Yanowski, owner of Chez Piggy and Pan Chancho. “Tabletop cards give our customers the opportunity to learn about a need and donate at their discretion. This is a great opportunity for the community to support the kids at KFL&A.”

“Our food service and hospitality community in Kingston and the region is so generous in so many ways,” Moore said. “We didn’t want to ask the owners or staff to take on too much work for this campaign. Tabletop cards are simply
There, more guests can read them and choose to scan the QR code to donate.

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