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Tottenham Food Bank benefits from Vince’s Community Product Initiative

January 18, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Brock Weir

Our Town Food Bank will share in over $25,000 raised through 2018 as part of Vince’s Markets’ Community Product Initiative.

Representatives from the Tottenham Food Bank joined fellow recipients Blue Door Shelter, Doane House Hospice, and the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter for the formal cheque presentation in Newmarket on Wednesday morning.

“This time of year, we get a lot of volume,” said Food Bank President Robin Hawkes. “Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, however, we are very lucky, but that has to last us until Thanksgiving again next year.”

Since its launch last January, Vince’s Community Product Initiative collected a total of $25,164. Over the following twelve months, the initiative grew by the week with all four Vince’s stores located in Simcoe, York and Durham taking part.

Staff at each location selected a local charity to benefit for the program and with each flyer came news of a new “community product” from which 15 per cent of total sales were set aside for the fund.

“To say we are pleased with the response would be an understatement,” said Giancarlo Trimarchi, Partner, CFO and Controller at Vince’s Market. “This was driven by team members and customers, and the amount raised exceeded our expectations.”

Staff at the Tottenham market picked the local foodbank because of the essential service it provides the community “with no judgement or restrictions.” The foodbank serves both Tottenham and Beeton, and is open every Tuesday afternoon and evening to all residents who find themselves in need.

In addition to the Food Bank, representatives of the other participating charities also expressed their appreciation.

Blue Door Shelters, based in Sharon, provides safe, supportive shelter and services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It was initiated as a shelter for single men in 1982, but as since expanded their services to include emergency shelter programs for families and youth.

Leeder Place, Porter Place and Kevin’s Place each provides a safety net for families, men and youth in York Region. Business Director Emmy Kelly noted the donation they have received through Vince’s Community Product Initiative will go towards “the provision of the Employment and Housing Start-Up programs, life skills and support groups.”

“These are designed to empower clients to connect to the community and thereby increase their chances at retaining housing.”

Newmarket’s Doane House Hospice is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life through non-medical support for those affected by, or caring for, an individual with a life-threatening illness. Hospice also provides bereavement support for the community.

“Vince’s annual Community Product Initiative is a wonderful idea as it brings great awareness to the charities as well as much-needed funds,” said Juliet Irish, Executive Director of Doane House Hospice. “We are earmarking their donation to our Caregiver Self-Care program. As the quote from Eleanor Brown says, ‘Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

The Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Control Centre has been pairing local families with dogs and cats for generations. Located on Reach Street, the Shelter is responsible for animal control across Uxbridge and Scugog Townships. Their dedicated team of full-time, part-time and volunteer staff provides care for dozens of injured stray cats and dogs until they can be reunited with their owners or placed for adoption.

“The funds raised are greatly appreciated by all of our staff, and the Township of Uxbridge and Scugog,” said animal control officer Jessica Pett. “The money will be used to fund, create improvements, purchase equipment and improve the level of care for animals in the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter.


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