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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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Initiative aims to support restaurants, people in need

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91.9 BOB FM has partnered up with the Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) to launch the Donate A Dish – City of Kawartha Lakes campaign.

COVID-19 has been devastating to the restaurant and food service industry. At the same time, it has also pushed many families with precarious employment below the poverty line, leaving households food insecure.

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Hungry in Kawartha Lakes

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Neil Couch first visited a food bank in Kawartha Lakes in 2011 during an especially challenging year. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Forty years after the first Canadian food bank opened its doors, Kawartha Lakes Food Source leader says the root causes of food bank use are still with us

Neil Couch first visited a food bank in 2011. A particularly challenging divorce that year had left him homeless, living at A Place Called Home.

He’d had a colourful life. After returning from active duty in the Canadian Armed Forces between 1986 and 1994, Couch found himself struggling with PTSD and turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with his anxiety and night terrors. As a master corporal, he was based out of West Germany, and had done tours in Somalia, Cyprus and Afghanistan.

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source launches Community Kitchen program with grant money

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Leslie Creeden, a Kawartha Lakes Food Source volunteer.

Thanks to an Ontario Trillium Fund Seed Grant, Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) has started a Community Kitchen program.

This new program is an opportunity for clients of the Lindsay Community Food Market (a non-traditional food bank owned and operated by KLFS) to grow more engaged in their community and strengthen their food literacy.

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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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Podcast teaser: Adapting to adjusting in 2020

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Student minister Kevin Fitzpatrick.

We adjust. We adapt. We learn.

Granted, some of us have achieved this more than others in 2020. And some have had to do more of it than others – often not for themselves, but for those they serve.

By his own admission, Kevin Fitzpatrick is no video producer.

Or, rather, he wasn’t until recently, at least. But the student minister who serves both Janetville and Mount Horeb United Churches rose to the challenge when he realized a nicely-produced, pre-recorded video church service would be the best – and safest – way to reach his congregations this Christmas.

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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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New home and new outlook for Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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Jessica Topfer, administration and programs centre manager at Kawartha Lakes Food Source, welcomes visitors at the new location. Photo: Nancy Payne.

“It’s fantastic.”

Heather Kirby, executive director of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, is clearly grinning behind her mask when she describes the new home for the organization. What’s her favourite part about the new location?

“All of it.”

The new location at 164 Needham St. in Lindsay is big, bright, and fully accessible. It has a walk-in cool room and a freezer built with grant money from Food Banks Canada, and plenty of room for storage and sorting.

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New home for Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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Book your tour of Food Source's brand new building with KLFS' Jess Topfer.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source will soon have a new home at 164 Needham Street in Lindsay as of July 10.

The new place is accessible for its member agencies, volunteers, and donors. More importantly, according to a press release, “it is dry, clean, bright, maintained, and has more space for our current operations.”

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Local businesses concerned for those less fortunate in wake of COVID-19

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Local businesses concerned for those less fortunate in wake of COVID-19

As the province shutters schools for three weeks because of COVID-19 and people are urged to stock up on essentials, Jamie Bergin, one of the owners of Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault, is worried about Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

More specifically, he’s worried about the increased number of people who will most likely be accessing food banks in our area.

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