Posted February 6, 2009
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Food Philanthropy

February Potato Blitz Underway

KITCHENER WATERLOO – Spuddy is back! House of Friendship’s February Potato Blitz mascot will be out and about at three Blitz events this month in support of House of Friendship’s annual drive to collect potatoes and donations for emergency food assistance.

The goal is to collect enough money (and/or potatoes) to ensure a supply of 165,000 pounds of potatoes, which the agency uses each year throughout its 18 programs to help feed those in need. Any remaining proceeds will buy other items for the Emergency Food Hamper program, which in January 2009 provided 3,167 food hampers to local families (155 more than January 2008).

•Local hockey fans are asked to show their support at Don Cameron Potato Night with the Kitchener Rangers at the Aud on Sunday February 15, 7pm, when they can make donations or drop off potatoes on their way into the game.

•On Saturday February 21, 2009, 9am - 3pm local shoppers can get into the game as well during the Supermarket Blitz at participating grocery stores in Kitchener Waterloo. Volunteers from local Presbyterian and United churches will be at select locations collecting donations and potatoes.

•Finally, share a warm lunch with friends of House of Friendship at the Community Potato Lunch, Friday February 27, 12-1pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kitchener. All are welcome at this special lunch that includes homemade potato soups and baked potatoes. There is no cost for lunch, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Some local churches have already begun collecting donations and potatoes, and have hosted their own potato luncheons in support of the campaign. To find out how your group, church or workplace can join Spuddy in fighting hunger, please contact Christine Rier or Tony Bender at 519-742-8327 or visit www.houseoffriendship.org.
Throughout the month donations can be made at the Emergency Food Hamper Program, 807 Guelph St., Kitchener, (Mon.- Fri., 9am-4pm) and at the Charles Street Men’s Hostel, 63 Charles St., E., Kitchener (anytime) or mailed to House of Friendship, PO Box 1837, Kitchener N2G 4R3.

Thanks to Marhaven Farms of St. Jacobs, House of Friendship is able to purchase potatoes year-round at the very low fixed price of 10 cents per pound. “The support of Marhaven Farms enables us to stretch every dollar, ensuring we make the most of donations,” explains Tony Bender, House of Friendship, Community Services Program Director. All February Potato Blitz proceeds will help House of Friendship feed those in need.

House of Friendship is a charitable agency founded in partnership with local Christian churches. 2009 marks its 70th year of service to low-income adults, youth and children, primarily throughout Waterloo Region, who are in need of support. It also promotes opportunities for personal growth, wholesome relationships and community development through the application of holistic Christian principles. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, it serves over 32,500 people annually through 18 different residential and community outreach programs. More information can be found at www.houseoffriendship.org.

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