RLB doesn’t just say “People Count.”, we put it into action every single day. The act of supporting our clients, our team and our communities is never more apparent than during the holidays. We recognize that while the season may be joyous for many, some vulnerable members of our communities will struggle through the coming weeks and months.
In previous years, we have supported education programs, toy drives and clothing collections. This year we have decided to support our local food banks because “Hunger isn’t always obvious- but it exists all around us.”– Orangeville Food Bank. With many families in Guelph, Kitchener, Fergus, and Orangeville relying on food banks due to sudden food insecurities, these organizations could use more help than ever this holiday season. COVID-19 placed a greater demand on food banks as the number of families and individuals that required support increased. Their efforts and planning to supply consistent and reliable meals to our most vulnerable has put a strain on their resources ahead of the holidays, which historically speaking is already a high–demand time for food banks.
Currently, 1 in 7 Canadians live in poverty, with one-third of food bank patrons being children. By making monetary donations to the Guelph Food Bank, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, Centre Wellington Food Bank and the Orangeville Food Bank, we give them the the opportunity to purchase the items they need most, including perishables. When food banks receive cash donations, they can maximize their purchasing power by working with food rescue programs, corporate partnerships and using innovative food sourcing. On average, every $1 donated to a local food bank feeds one hungry neighbour, two complete nutritious meals. This is far more than any individual donor could supply.
Food bank donations don’t just end with a hot meal. Supporting local food banks means we are funding vital community programs. These organizations offer free programs that include job and placement programs, skill development workshops, clothing exchanges, community reintegration and more. They work diligently to support individuals and families through crises and work with them to develop a plan to better secure their future.
It is our honour and privilege to support these incredible organizations this year, to ensure no one goes hungry in our communities. We wish you peace and happiness this holiday season. May you find comfort and joy in the spirit of giving.