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Food Source commemorates 20 years of service in community

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The first grant ever received by KLFS from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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.

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Family Cooking Project has kicked off at Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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Amelia Boyd, Community Program Coordinator of KLFS packing the first round of meal kits for participants of the Family Cooking Project
Amelia Boyd, Community Program Coordinator of KLFS, packing the first round of meal kits for participants of the Family Cooking Project

Thanks to private donors, the Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) is excited to announce the launch of the Family Cooking Project as a permanent full-time program of their organization.

Each eight-week session of the Family Cooking Project provides ten local families with recipes, non-perishables, fresh ingredients and the one-on-one support they need in order to produce three healthy and delicious meals a week. Clients will also receive, free of charge, the kitchen equipment that is required to prepare all recipes.

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Local food banks report nearly 800 new individuals will have accessed their services in 2020

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10 food banks across the Kawartha Lakes have served 758 new individuals so far this year, reports the Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS). These new individuals are in addition to the 1,717 existing clients of these food banks.

The key driver for this increase in new clients? Poverty.

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New donation collection materials for Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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The Kawartha Lakes Food Source’s donation collection materials have gotten a facelift just in time for the holidays, courtesy of the City of Kawartha Lakes Legacy CHEST Fund.

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Green Dishes program eliminates need for disposable dishes: Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source announced the kick-off of a new program designed to eliminate the need for disposable dishes at community events, while also supporting food banks across the Kawartha Lakes.

“We were inspired by our recent work with FoodRescue.ca to expand our efforts to reduce waste related to food and its consumption,” says Jessica Topfer, FoodRescue.ca coordinator at Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

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Summer outreach lunch program fed 735 lunches to hungry children

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Summer outreach lunch program fed 735 lunches to hungry children
Volunteers with bagged lunches.

If it takes a village to raise a child, a town can also come together to help feed kids through the summer months. This is what is happening in Lindsay since summer 2018, where an innovative Summer Outreach Lunch Program is providing healthy bagged lunches to children.

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The limits of church, the duty of state

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“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”  — Dom Helder Camara

When we broke the story about many seniors who are falling through the cracks, some spoke up to say this would be a great project for churches to take on. We disagree entirely and are happy to see Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services begin to fill this gap, thanks to funding from the City for a pilot.

First, let me say that our churches, charities, and non-profits are run by some of the finest people one could ever meet. But it is part of the neoliberal, corporate-first mindset that has normalized the idea of charity to this degree.

The first food bank in Canada opened its doors only in 1981, supposedly a temporary response to a recession. Instead, they have proliferated across Canada as inequality has widened and ordinary Canadians have suffered.

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10,000 of our neighbours in Kawartha Lakes don’t have enough to eat

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10,000 of our neighbours don’t have enough to eat
Food banks were supposed to be a temporary measure.

Some of our neighbours are hungry. Others are constantly deciding between utilities or food. That this should happen in Canada — a major food producer for the world — should be reprehensible to us.

Food insecurity is usually defined as “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” And we are – officially, at least – collectively against it. We have agreed at the United Nations that food is a basic human right and that right protects every human from hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source key part of Lindsay Farmer’s ‘Christmas Market’

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source key part of Lindsay Farmer’s ‘Christmas Market’
Lindsay Farmers’ Market’s 25th annual Christmas market.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source will play a key role at the Lindsay Farmers’ Market’s 25th annual Christmas market to be held Saturday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Lindsay Armouries.

As part of the festivities, from 9 am to 3 pm on each day, Kawartha Lakes Food Source will have a vendor’s booth to fundraise and to create awareness of the issue of hunger in the local community, especially at Christmas time.

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