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KW Oktoberfest raises almost 70,000 meals for the food bank
Published Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:09PM EDT
The numbers also show there is an increase in overall trends of seniors and children using food banks. (file image)
KITCHENER – The Food Bank of Waterloo Region got some much-needed help from Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest this year.
The Onkel Hans Food Drive helped raise 67,896 meals for the food bank.
"We are so proud of Kitchener-Waterloo for opening up both their hearts and their wallets for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region," Oktoberfest's executive director Alfred Lowrick says in a news release.
The donations came from the Thanksgiving Day Parade, online donations and a few other events.
Those meals are expected to feed 34,552 people in the region, the news release says.
"For many, Thanksgiving means sharing a feast with family and friends but some of our neighbours are not so fortunate," says Food Bank CEO Wendi Campbell.
The Onkel Hans Food Drive has helped give over a million meals at emergency shelters, food hampers and community meal programs.