The Region of Durham and its eight member municipalities have collected almost 82,000 pounds of food donations in support of Feed the Need.
That total is the result of a two-week challenge that saw donations were made by residents, community organizations, businesses and municipal staff who showed an outpouring of generosity to fight local hunger.
According to a media release, the donations will help provide approximately 68,000 meals for Durham Region residents in need.
“The response to this challenge has been truly humbling for us,” said Ben Earle, Executive Director at Feed the Need in Durham.
“Not only have we raised a tremendous amount of food that will help families across the region, we have inspired our team, our partners and our community. This has been a fantastic effort and show of support for those who face hunger in Durham”.
The friendly challenge was initiated on social media on Wednesday, September 4, as part of National Hunger Action Month by Whitby CAO Matthew Gaskell.
“I think we are all collectively amazed by the donations that have been raised across the region. Clearly, the real winners of this competition are our community members who depend on local food banks each and every day,” he said.
“The Feed the Need Challenge was a wonderful opportunity for some friendly competition between the municipalities in the Region of Durham. The Township of Brock was honoured to participate and thrilled with the support from across the Region for this worthy cause,” added Garth Johns, Brock Township’s interim CAO.
Other municipal leaders were quick to praise the effort as well.
“The clear winner in this competition is Feed the Need. They put food on the table for those who need it most. Regional employees and members of the Durham Regional Police Service were proud to support this initiative. Because we all win when we make a positive difference in our community,” said Durham CAO Elaine Baxter-Trahair.
“The Feed the Need challenge was a great way to unite the municipalities on the fight against hunger. I am so proud of our Scugog staff and friends for their donations and thank everyone for their generosity supporting Operation Scugog in our community,” added Scugog CAO Paul Allore.
Based in Oshawa, Feed the Need in Durham collects, stores and distributes approximately 1.5 million pounds of food annually to 57 emergency food providers and five school nutrition programs across Durham Region.