The Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) opened its doors on March 3, 2002, after a collective of community members representing a variety of local organizations observed a sudden increase in individuals seeking food support.
At that time, community members around the organizing table agreed upon a mission of supporting those who feed our hungry. Nearly 20 years later, the organization is still doing just that, thanks to the strong foundations laid during those early years, according to a media release.
Today, KLFS is the largest non-profit food distribution organization in the region, operating as a hub for over 30 social service agencies. They procure, sort, store, and distribute food and other household essentials while also advocating for food security and educating the community on poverty in our area through programming and community outreach.
While the backbone of the organization continues to be food banks, over time they have developed and maintained innovative programs such as the Family Cooking Project, Open Gardens, Summer Outreach Lunch Program, Lindsay Community Food Market, and Community Kitchen.
“It is only with the generous and continued support of our community that the Kawartha Lakes Food Source has been able to meet ongoing and changing needs for food security,” says Heather Kirby, executive director.
“We are so grateful for and amazed by each and every person, business, and organization who has supported us, whether it be by donation, volunteering, or just generally advocating for us. This organization was created by our community, is operated by our community, and serves our community.”
Leading up to their official 20th anniversary on March 3, 2022, KLFS will be sharing a campaign of personal stories to highlight the many community members and groups who have shaped the organization into the leading local organization it is today. They will also be highlighting their current programs and share their vision for future organizational growth to further reduce hunger in the Kawartha Lakes.
KLFS has also developed a new special edition logo to mark this momentous occasion and will be using it as their primary logo for the coming year.
If you have a story to share about your experience with KLFS, they ask you to click here to complete the form. Stories collected will be used to shape their campaign.