KINGSTON — Loblaw Companies Limited has launched its annual Spring Food Drive starting this week to help local food banks.
Beginning Thursday and continuing for two weeks, through the Easter weekend, Loblaws grocery stores across Canada, including No Frills, Loblaws and Valu-mart stores in Kingston, will be collecting donations of food and funds.
The Loblaws Princess Market will be collecting food and cash donations for the Partners In Mission Food Bank. The company has stated that “all donations made locally go directly to the local food bank to benefit community members in need.”
“As we look forward to warmer days ahead, the reality is that the need for food banks remains high coming out of the winter months, especially given the challenges of the current economic environment,” Kirstin Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada, said in a news release. “That’s why we are so grateful for generous partners like Loblaw Companies Ltd., who step forward year after year to support our neighbours in need with initiatives like the Spring Food Drive.”
According to Loblaws, its 2021 Holiday Food Drive last December generated more than $2.1 million in in-store cash donations and more than two million pounds of food for food banks across the country. As well, in Ontario more than $800,000 and more than 1.2 million pounds of food were donated to local food banks in all parts of the province.
“Kingstonians are very community-minded. Even a $2 donation at the checkout goes a long way when many people contribute,” Tonya Lagrasta, senior director, sustainability and social impact at Loblaw, said. “Similarly, just one or two items added to your cart for the in-store donation bin become hundreds of pounds of food when the entire community gets involved.”
Food banks collect both monetary donations to add to the flexibility to purchase needed foods in bulk and help fill gaps, along with the healthy non-perishable items that get donated, such as whole grain cereals, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauces, canned fish, meat, vegetables and fruits, baby formula and shelf-stable milk products.