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Festive food drive coming to Central Park in Preston

The Cambridge Food Bank continues to deal with increased demand
The food pantry at the Cambridge Food Bank

Ward 3 councillor Corey Kimpson is putting on her second annual food drive as the holidays draw near.

Kimpson and a team of volunteers will be set up by the lit Preston sign in Central Park collecting donations for the Cambridge Food Bank on Dec. 7.

With each donation, people can receive a free Kitchener-Waterloo Titans youth ticket. Howie Schmidt Realty is also sponsoring the night and giving away free hot chocolate from BeaverTails.

The drive is being put on during the Winter Music and Lights, which begins at 7 p.m. in the park.

Demand at the Cambridge Food Bank continues to rise as 8,800 seniors, adults and children have visited at least once so far this year, an increase of over 33 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to food bank data.

In the recent 2023 Hunger Report, released by Feed Ontario, 800,822 adults and children accessed a food bank in Ontario between Apr. 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.

That represents an increase of 38 per cent over last year and 60 per cent over pre-pandemic levels.

The food drive will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To read the full Hunger Report visit