Employees of three car dealerships in Barrie put it in drive and donated nearly 5,000 pounds of food and other products to the Barrie Food Bank.
The charitable giving at Christmas has been something staff have been doing for seven years.
“Their goal, in addition to providing some food, is maybe to inspire other team members at other businesses in Barrie and area to do the same thing,” says Mike Stollery, chair of Auto IQ, which owns the three dealerships. “Whether it’s $5 or $5,000, we think if everybody does with whatever they are comfortable with doing, it all adds up and it helps our community.”
According to Peter Sundborg, Executive Director of the Barrie Food Bank, corporate donors have increased 35 per cent over the years.
The Food Bank sees about 28 hundred people a month. In October, 33 hundred people came through the doors.
“That’s a big increase for us,” says Sundborg.
He hopes it is a blip in the system.
Feed Ontario said this month that the number of people using food banks who have jobs has jumped 27 per cent in the last three years.
Sundborg admits the numbers are staggering.
“It just goes to show the cost of housing, the cost of utilities that are impacting people who are trying to make it through the day across Ontario.”