Barrie’s Downtown Foodie Experience raises $5000 for The Salvation Army

"We know it will be put to good use, where it is needed most"

The Downtown Foodie Experience celebrated the reopening of Downtown Barrie restaurants with a unique fundraising event that raised $5000 in support of The Salvation Army Bayside Mission Centre.

Founders of the Downtown Foodie Experience Phillip Moore and Dawn Mucci along with Councillor Mike McCann and Shakir Barmare presented Major Stephanie Watkinson with a check for $5,000.

“With this being Giving Tuesday, what better time to come together and present this check and to encourage others to support an amazing organization that does so much for our community.  We know it will be put to good use, where it is needed most, and we are all grateful to everyone involved for making this happen,” said Dawn Mucci.

From left to right: Dawn Mucci, Mike McCann, Phillip Moore, Aytun Tuncel, Stephanie Watkinson, and Skakir Barmare.

The money raised through this event will help support the Community Meal Program which has seen an increase in needed meals over the past year. This program serves lunch and supper 7 days a week to approximately 300 community members every single day. However, that number has increased over the past year by an additional 38,000, which means about 400 meals served daily.

“The need is up. The cost of healthy food is up. The cost of meat, vegetables, all of it keeps going up. But, we need to keep supplying our community members with healthy options for meals so that they remain healthy,” said Major Stephanie Watkinson of The Salvation Army Bayside Mission Centre. “Donations like this, directly help critical services that we provide to our community members.”

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Also returning this year, you will once again spot Christmas Kettles at various locations across the city, though, with one new addition: Christmas Kettles now have a tap to give feature! So, if you don’t have any cash on you, simply tapping your card will allow you to donate $5, $10, or $20!

New Christmas Kettle with tap to give feature

Christmas Kettles are already active throughout Barrie and The Salvation Army is hoping to achieve a goal of $625,000, to support both their meal and shelter programs.

Featured image: Coady Fitzgerald