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Durham Region Municipalities Raise 81,669 Pounds of Food for Feed the Need and Local Food Banks

Posted on Monday September 23, 2019

Whitby, September 23, 2019 – The Region of Durham and area municipalities are proud to announce they have collectively raised food and funds equivalent to approximately 81,669 pounds of food for Feed the Need and local food banks – the result of a two-week inter-municipal food donation challenge.

Throughout the challenge, donations were made by residents, community organizations, businesses and municipal staff who showed an outpouring of generosity to fight local hunger. The donations will help provide approximately 68,000 meals for Durham Region residents in need.

“The response to this challenge has been truly humbling for us,” said Ben Earle, Executive Director at Feed the Need in Durham. “Not only have we raised a tremendous amount of food that will help families across the region, we have inspired our team, our partners and our community. This has been a fantastic effort and show of support for those who face hunger in Durham”.

The friendly challenge was initiated on social media on Wednesday, September 4, as part of National Hunger Action Month by Whitby Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Gaskell who shared “I think we are all collectively amazed by the donations that have been raised across the region. Clearly, the real winners of this competition are our community members who depend on local food banks each and every day.”

Winners by Category

  • Regional Municipality of Durham vs. area municipalities challenge
    • Area municipalities brought in equivalent to 77,134 pounds of donations versus the Regional Municipality of Durham’s total of 4,535 pounds.


  • Area municipalities challenge by weight & monetary donation

(every $1 donated equalled 3 pounds of food)

  • Town of Whitby – 6,806 pounds of food and $5,046.65 in monetary donations, totalling an equivalent of 21,946 pounds of food


  • Area municipalities challenge by weight
    • Town of Ajax – 10,473 pounds of food

As part of the challenge, the Chief Administrative Officers of all other municipalities will donate an additional $50 to Feed the Need or a local food bank of their choosing.

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Durham Region municipal leaders on the importance and outcome of the Feed the Need in Durham Food Donation Challenge:

“Thank you to the Town of Whitby for issuing the Feed the Need Challenge. This was unlike any other challenge in recent memory that brought staff, Council, residents and local businesses together to support a worthy cause. I have been consistently impressed by the generosity and community spirit demonstrated by Ajax’s motivated, enthusiastic staff, and I want to thank everyone who contributed to making our effort so successful.”

- Shane Baker, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Ajax


“It has been incredible to witness how businesses, residents, Council and staff were able to rally together to support our Feed the Need Challenge in such a short timeframe. I am proud of the efforts of our generous community. I know we showed the rest of the region what Ajax is capable of, and that we never back down from a challenge - especially for a good cause!”

- Shaun Collier, Mayor, Town of Ajax


 “The Feed the Need Challenge was a wonderful opportunity for some friendly competition between the municipalities in the Region of Durham. The Township of Brock was honoured to participate and thrilled with the support from across the Region for this worthy cause.”

- Garth Johns, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Brock


“Meeting a basic need and helping to make sure that people in our community have food on the table is crucial. This truly has been one of the best challenges that Clarington has participated in. Best of all, everyone wins here. I am so proud of Clarington, our staff and residents who once again have proven that their generosity and giving spirit is at the very heart of our community,”

- Adrian Foster, Mayor, Clarington


“Feed the Need plays such an important role in Oshawa and across Durham Region. The Feed the Need Challenge and Push for Hunger were both excellent opportunities to bring awareness to this cause during Hunger Awareness Month. I am so proud of what we accomplished as a city and together as a region. Thank you to everyone who met the Challenge and helped our neighbours in need.”

- Dan Carter, Mayor, City of Oshawa


“It has been incredibly rewarding to witness staff, community partners, and neighbouring municipalities, come together to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Not only has this fun and friendly challenge helped raise awareness of hunger in the community, but the thousands of dollars worth of food and cash donations collected will make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of many. The City recognizes the tremendous commitment and heartfelt support that St. Paul’s on the Hill Food Bank provides to local families in need, and has selected it as the deserving recipient of its challenge donations.”

- Tony Prevedel, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Pickering



“The clear winner in this competition is Feed the Need. They put food on the table for those who need it most. Regional employees and members of the Durham Regional Police Service were proud to support this initiative. Because we all win when we make a positive difference in our community.”
- Elaine Baxter-Trahair, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Durham


“The Feed the Need challenge was a great way to unite the municipalities on the fight against hunger. I am so proud of our Scugog staff and friends for their donations and thank everyone for their generosity supporting Operation Scugog in our community.”
- Paul Allore, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Scugog


“In the Township of Uxbridge, staff chose to support the Uxbridge Loaves and Fishes Foodbank. Staff engaged the community and together we collected food and cash donations. Happily, we collected the equivalent of 14,443 pounds of food – that’s 272.5 lbs per employee! I am so proud of our team, grateful for the support of our community, and I am thankful that our hard work will provide thousands and thousands of meals for those facing food security issues in our community. We all were winners with this initiative.”

- Ingrid Svelnis, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Uxbridge


“Our staff, residents and community partners have been so generous throughout this Food Donation Challenge. The donations raised will really help those in need – both within Whitby and the entire region.”
- Don Mitchell, Mayor, Town of Whitby


About Feed the Need in Durham

Based in Oshawa, Feed the Need in Durham collects, stores and distributes approximately 1.5 million pounds of food annually to 57 emergency food providers and five school nutrition programs across Durham Region. The organization believes that hunger should not be a reason for anyone to not participate fully in the life of the community. Cash donations can be made online at www.feedtheneedindurham.caor


For media inquiries, please contact:

Rachael Wraith, Manager of Public and Strategic Affairs (Acting)
Town of Ajax
Phone: 905.619.2529 x3225

Township of Brock Clerks Department
Phone: 705-432-2355

Basia Radomski, Communications and Tourism Manager
Municipality of Clarington
Phone: 905-623-3379 ext. 2214

City of Oshawa
Phone: 905.436.5686

Shauna Muir, Coordinator, Communications
City of Pickering
Phone: 905.420.4660 x2134

Tania Laverty, Manager, Communications
Region of Durham
Phone: 905.668.7711 x3813

Lori Bowers, Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Township of Scugog
Phone: 905.985.7346 x132

Colleen Baskin, Communications Officer
Township of Uxbridge
Phone: 905 852 9181 ext 231

Erin Mikaluk, Communications Lead
Town of Whitby
Phone:  905.430.4300 x7120

Robyn McKibbon, Community Engagement Coordinator
Feed the Need in Durham
Phone: 905 571 3863


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