It’s been well documented the food bank donations are down while food bank use is up this year, it’s a common problem that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. But the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has announced that it had a successful fundraising effort through it’s Oktoberfest Cares program.
K-W Oktoberfest president Tim Beckett says organizers were pleased with a final count of enough money to provide 50,000 meals to the program.
“Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many of our regular events were not able to happen, it was important that our festival continue to support the community,” Beckett said in a news release. “We are so proud of Waterloo region for opening up both their hearts and their wallets for those in our community who need it.”
The annual festival would normally collect donations during the Thanksgiving Day parade, but that also had to be cancelled this year. It forced organizers to reinvent the Oktoberfest Cares program, so they switched to primarily collecting online donations.
Online donations and sales of the 2020 pin will make a big difference in helping the Onkel Hands Food Drive provide emergency food assistants to tens of thousands of people in the Waterloo region during and beyond the pandemic. And that’s how the community showed their support, by opening their hearts and wallets and donating more than $16,000 to the cause. Which is your Good News Story of the Day, find it in full here.
Wendi Campbell, CEO of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, said in the release “it has been heartwarming to see the community rally in support.”
“As one of the longest running fundraiser in our community, the Onkel Hands Food Drive will help provide emergency food assistance to more than 33,000 people in Waterloo region during and beyond the pandemic,” Campbell said.
Story and Image from CBC News.