Hydro One supports Kawartha Food Share in the fight against hunger

Peterborough, ON, Aug. 26, 2021 – Today, Hydro One announced additional support for Kawartha Food Share, a critical organization currently assisting more than 8,500 community members by distributing more than 100,000 pounds of emergency food in the city and county of Peterborough each year. Through every dollar donated, Kawartha Food Share is able to purchase up to $6 dollars of food. Hydro One’s contribution of $25,000 to Kawartha Food Share will support the organization in purchasing up to $150,000 worth of food to help those in need.  

“We feel a deep responsibility to support the grassroots organizations working tirelessly to keep their communities safe,” said David Lebeter, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. “As a member of the community, Hydro One is proud to energize life in Peterborough, Lakefield and Norwood and to support Kawartha Food Share in making positive change in the fight against hunger.”

Due to rising needs from the COVID-19 pandemic, Kawartha Food Share and its member agencies have served an increased number of clients on a monthly basis over the past year. The support from Hydro One comes during the summer months when financial support and community giving to Kawartha Food Share typically experiences a decrease.

“We are so thrilled to receive this very generous support from Hydro One. The past year has been challenging for our local food banks, clients, and the many staff and volunteers who work tirelessly providing emergency food to those who need it most in Peterborough and County,” said Ashlee Aitken, General Manager, Kawartha Food share. “During the summer months, our donations tend to decrease, while unfortunately the need has remained the same. Hydro One’s contribution towards our fight against hunger will allow us to purchase $150,000 worth of food items which will assist us in keeping our food banks shelves well supplied, and ensure that everyone in Peterborough and County has a safe and reliable access to nutritious food items.”

“We are grateful to Hydro One for their generous support of Kawartha Food Share,” said Peterborough Mayor, Diane Therrien. “Kawartha Food Share is a pillar in our community providing a wide range of support services focused on feeding Peterborough families and this support is greatly appreciated.” 

“Kawartha Food Share serves the community of Asphodel-Norwood all year round through our local food banks,” said Asphodel-Norwood Mayor, Rodger Bonneau. “Support for organizations who have been working hard to address food insecurity for our most vulnerable residents, especially at a time when donations typically decrease, will go a long way for our community.”

“The support for community organizations that work hard for residents in need is critical,” said Selwyn Township Mayor, Andy Mitchell. “Kawartha Food Share has worked tirelessly over the past year to support local communities, including Selwyn Township and we know Hydro One’s contribution will go a long way to continue helping those who need it most.”

“Hydro One’s continued support for our community is something I am grateful for; from donations to the Youth Emergency Shelter to the Brock Mission to Kawartha Food Share, they continue to exemplify corporate responsibility,” said Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough– Kawartha. “This donation will enable Kawartha Food Share to continue their work supporting those less fortunate and bettering our home.”

“Hydro One’s support of Kawartha Food Share shows their commitment to being more than a service provider,” said David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland–Peterborough South. “Food banks deliver critical services, help respond to local needs and support our most vulnerable populations. Hydro One’s contribution will help ensure community members continue to have access to a reliable food source and bring greater public awareness to the critical work of Kawartha Food Share.”


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