We just wrapped up year two of the Vince’s Market ‘Community Product Initiative’, and recently celebrated with our four 2019 recipients.
It is always nice to hand out the cheques, and munch on a piece of cake (me excluded, as I’m on a whole-foods diet!). But just as meaningful are the conversations we had with representatives from each organization, telling us how our donation will help them make a positive difference.
These charities fill gaps in our social safety net, impacting areas like food insecurity and hunger, hospice care, and support for people with intellectual disabilities. We are proud to be able to help them continue their life-changing work.
Here is what we were able to raise, with the help of our customers and vendors:
Holland Landing Food Pantry $3,607.22
Loaves and Fishes Food Bank $4,205.08
Matthews House Hospice $3,573.18
Community Living Central York $3,681.89
This brings the total raised to just over $40,000, since the program began in January 2018. The Initiative adds yet another layer of Vince’s community support to an already long list of commitments that include Southlake Regional Health Centre, Cedar Centre, Inn from the Cold, Toonies for Tummies, and more.
“Although the Holland Landing Food Pantry is only a few years old, there has been a steady increase in usage. We are so thankful to be able to have such valuable community partners like Vince’s. Their generous donation will help us continue to provide support for local families and individuals in need.”
East Gwillimbury Public Library CEO, Monika Machacek.
“On behalf of the Uxbridge Loaves & Fishes Food Bank, we are deeply grateful for your very generous donation! We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2019 of helping to feed those in their time of need, and this is only possible because of the incredible generosity from our community and the ongoing support of over 50 amazing volunteers!
Pat Lazenka, Board Member/Volunteer, Uxbridge Loaves & Fishes Food Bank
“Matthews House Hospice is thrilled and honoured to receive proceeds from Vince’s Tottenham Community Product Initiative. We are a community supported and driven hospice, and it makes great sense to partner with an equally community-driven organization like Vince’s.”
Andrea Roylance, Director Gifts and Gratitude, Matthews House Hospice
“On behalf of everyone at Community Living Central York, we are so grateful to Vince’s Market for their incredible support. This generous donation will help CLCY provide services and resources, not only to individuals with developmental disabilities, but also to their families. Thank you for making Community Living Central York part of your #VincesCares initiative and for shining a spotlight on our organization. This goes a long way to help CLCY build a brighter future.”
Sarah Vienot, Board Member, Community Living Central York
From left: Pat Lazenka (Uxbridge Loaves & Fishes Food Bank), Christine Glenn (Holland Landing Food Pantry), Sarah Vienot (Community Living Central York), Stephanie Clare (East Gwillimbury Public Library/H.L. Food Pantry), Maria Ciarlandini (Vince’s Market), Andrea Roylance (Matthews House Hospice), Brenda Pufek (Matthews House Hospice).