KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha Lakes Food Source received the Excellence in Food Banking award recently as part of the Food Banks Canada national conference.
The Excellence in Food Banking Award 2023 honours the most outstanding food bank in the Food Banks Canada network for going above and beyond the core mission of providing food to those needing help. Award recipients play an instrumental role in improving the communities they serve through creative, efficient and successful programs and services and exemplify the highest standards of operation.
Fund development, technology, volunteer development, capacity building, community leadership and mentorship are aspects of operations that were some of the things used to rank the applications.
“It is an honour to be recognized by our national peers for the work we do to reduce food insecurity.” Heather Kirby, Executive Director shared “We work diligently to build and sustain confidence in our agency, have expanded to deliver our own programs that directly serve the community, and provide employment readiness opportunities to build essential skills in those entering the workforce.”
While in Edmonton at the national conference, Kirby attended sessions that included Systems Changes and Innovations in the Food Security System, Government Relations, and Logistics and Food Procurement. As part of the conference, Kirby had a tour of the Edmonton Food Bank, the first food bank established in Canada over 40 years ago.
There are countless reasons why someone must knock on the door of a food bank and ask for help. Kawartha Lakes Food Source says it is very grateful for support from Food Banks Canada, Feed Ontario, and to this community for their support in helping us answer the door.
“We are pleased to support our friends, neighbours and family who many need just a little bit more. We will also continue to advocate for positive policy changes so that our friends, neighbours and family do not need to knock on any doors.” shares Heather Kirby.
If you would like to learn more, volunteer or donate to Kawartha Lakes Food Source please call 705-324-0707 or visit our website:www.kawarthalakesfoodsource.com.