This April, the eHealth Centre of Excellence came together in support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region to collect food donations for those in need in our community.
More than 31,000 men, women and children last year received food assistance in Waterloo Region. Over 40% of households in need of assistance from the Food Bank were families with children.
“Through community partnerships we obtain and distribute emergency food from our neighbors for our neighbors.” – The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
The eCE is committed to making positive change in our region and naturally seized this opportunity to run a Foodraiser.
We divided into 5 teams: Lettuce Feed You, Can’t be Beet, The Flaming Tomatoes, The QBICumbers and The IncrEDIBLES. Each day, team members were encouraged to bring in different theme items such as “Protein” or “Breakfast Food,” and would score points per item.
When it comes to good, friendly competition – we can get very intense and it was GAME ON!
Our little food donation corner began to grow rapidly, soon consuming a large amount of floor space stacked high with canned goods and other nonperishable items. Teams could also earn extra points for cleaning up litter outside and a total of 143 pieces of garbage was collected surrounding our building and along the street in merely 2 days!
This was a lively week, where everyone banded together equally in support of each other and our community.
The scores were close, but eventually “The IncrEDIBLES” came out on top with a whopping 410 points – the equivalent of over 200 donated food items. Second place was team “Can’t be Beet” with 277 points.
In total, all 5 teams raised 559 lbs of food, supplying 437 meals.
We are so happy to have been able to help the Food Bank of Waterloo Region in such a big way and look forward to the possibility of doing it again next year!
If you are interested in organizing a food drive, please click here to go to the Food Bank's website.