Peterborough residents determined they could “Spare a Square” and then some by donating more than 20,000 pounds of food and necessities during a recent food drive.
Kawartha Food Share received the 22,707-pound contribution as a result of a community effort called the Spare A Square Porch Food Drive.
Peterborough resident Megan Murphy spearheaded the idea for the drive as her way of giving back to others while healthcare workers and essential employees work through the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the day of the food drive about 100 volunteers showed up to offer their assistance.
“The whole day was incredible,” Megan tells Electric City Magazine.
“It was humbling and soul-filling. I’m grateful to the 75 volunteer drivers who combed the streets looking for packages with smiles on them,” she explains.
Volunteers and staff at Kawartha Food Share ensured the food and items were safely received and helped unload the vehicles containing the goods.
“I’m grateful to every household that participated. Whether it was a giant tub of food or a single can, it all mattered.”
Megan says people waved from their windows and had “smiley artwork” on their doors to alert drivers to stop there for donations.
“It built this camaraderie and sense of community. (It was) a reminder that we’re all in this together and we’re all working toward a common goal and that we’ll all take care of each other.”
There were thousands of households that donated food and made online donations.
Looking forward, Megan says she hopes the shelves at Kawartha Food Share will be stocked for a few months to get people through this difficult time.
“I hope that people feel a little less fear, that they’ll be able to take care of their families. And as a community, I hope that it helped us feel connected and taken care of for a moment.”
If the need arises again for Kawartha Food Share, every volunteer has offered to come back and help a second time. “If there is a need, we will find a creative way to fill it,” Megan says.
“People are resilient and kind and sometimes we just need an opportunity to show it. When bad things happen, good people rise. And this community is overflowing with good people.”
Photos courtesy of Kawartha Food Share.
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