KFA ‘amazed’ by support during curbside food drive

KFA food drive held on Canada's Agriculture Day. (Left) Executive Director for Chatham Outreach for Hunger Brenda LeClair, Mayor Darrin Canniff, Salvation Army Captain Stephen Holland, KFA President Jay Cunningham, and Mary Anne Udvari. February 23, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Mary Anne Udvari).

Several businesses, producers, and residents have once again stepped up to support those in need through a curbside food drive organized by the Kent Federation of Agriculture (KFA).

The KFA organized the food drive on Tuesday in recognition of Canada’s Agriculture Day.

The total amount of food and monetary donations is still being calculated. However, KFA event coordinator Mary Anne Udvari said the value of donations is estimated to be near $8,000.

Donations will be evenly split between the Chatham-Kent Salvation Army and Chatham Outreach for Hunger.

Udvari said several people showed their support through donations but the process was also done in a safe way to abide by COVID-19 measures.

“Everyone stayed safe and the donators didn’t even have to get out of their vehicles,” said Udvari. “I am always truly amazed at the generosity of the Chatham-Kent community!”

KFA food drive held on Canada’s Agriculture Day. February 23, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Mary Anne Udvari).

Although the food drive was held on Canada’s Agriculture Day, the KFA said February 23, 2021, also marked the seventh annual effort to help alleviate food shortages for local families. The KFA also observed Food Freedom Day on February 9, which is a day noted as when the average Canadian can afford to pay for their entire year’s worth of groceries.

“Chatham-Kent agriculture producers supply fresh, high quality food to the province, Canada and the world and locally at markets, stores and farms,” read a release from the KFA. “We are thankful for our good fortune and the ability to share with those experiencing food insecurities.”