The Salvation Army Windsor Centre of Hope in partnership with Windsor Police, LaSalle Police, Tailgate Takeout and Windsor Loblaws held a city-wide Food Drive on October 10th to raise awareness for World Homelessness Day.
Food security and homelessness are issues that are front of mind for The Salvation Army. Subsequently, The Salvation Army Windsor Centre of Hope continues to support, house and feed those who are experiencing homelessness as well as providing food to residents who are experiencing food insecurity. “Our center’s programs and services are designed to support those who are struggling with food security and/or homelessness. We need support from the community to help keep our food bank supplied so we can continue helping others.” says Major Danny Pinksen, Executive Director at the Windsor Centre of Hope.
The Windsor Centre of Hope has teamed up with Loblaws to hold its first annual Food Drive to re-stock their shelves, which have been sparce since the beginning of this year. “We are so grateful to Riley and his team at Loblaws for initiating this event to assist a much needed service in this City” says Major Danny Pinksen. The centre was able to raise 2000 lbs of non-perishables and $3400 for their food bank
From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Windsor Police and LaSalle Police set up their cruisers at three different locations in the city to “Stuff a Cruiser”. As well, Jen from Tailgate Takeout has supported the “Stuff the Tailgate” endeavor. Hot chocolate donated from local Tim Hortons and prizes were also at various locations to encourage those to donate non-perishables or monetary donations.
With the great success from this year’s event, the centre has decided to make this an annual food drive. The Salvation Army encourages everyone to assist all food banks in the greater Windsor region not only around the holidays, but throughout the year.