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Vince’s announces S.O.S. Food Drive: Funds to purchase food and supplies for four local shelters

September 18, 2020   ·   0 Comments

Vince’s is pleased to announce the launch of their S.O.S. Food Drive, running September 14-27. S.O.S., stands for “Support Our Shelters,” and it’s all about making a donation – either at the cash register or online – to help fund the purchase of much-needed food and supplies for four life-changing organizations.

These local shelters have been chosen in the areas served by Vince’s stores. Unlike typical food drives, where customers purchase bags of pre-selected non-perishable foods, Vince’s is asking customers for small dollar amounts – $2, $5, or $10 – and will be matching the contributions.

With the money collected, the independent grocer will purchase items specific to the needs of each shelter. This can include fresh produce, dairy, and other healthy meal options.

The advantage of asking for monetary donations, rather than boxes, bottles or cans, is that Vince’s can purchase food items at volume pricing unavailable to consumers. Funds can be stretched further.

“Throughout the year, we are involved with a number of organizations who help struggling individuals and families, but in 2020 we are feeling an increased need to step it up,” said Giancarlo Trimarchi, partner at Vince’s. “During this pandemic, even more people are feeling food uncertainty, which puts added pressure on the organizations who support them. We are proud to be able to lend a hand.”

Among the recipients of Vince’s S.O.S. Food Drive is My Sister’s Place.

For 31 years, My Sister’s Place has been in operation as a women’s shelter, serving south Simcoe County. The organization was established as a non-profit, charitable entity in May of 1987, and has exclusively worked towards ending violence against women and their children.

My Sister’s Place is a 12-bed shelter, offering emergency housing and crisis counseling. Services also include outreach and legal advocacy, as well as transitional housing.

Other recipients include Blue Door Shelters, the York region shelter providing safe and supportive emergency housing and supports homeless or at-risk individuals, Newmarket’s Inn from the Cold, which supports people experiencing chronic homelessness, and North House, which serves the most vulnerable in Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog.


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