North Ont. Food banks get thousands of pounds of food, thanks to local firefighters

A food bank in northern Ontario received 10,000 pounds of food, thanks to the efforts of a local first responder.

Jeremy Alldred-Hughes is a Kirkland Lake Town firefighter. He said after seeing the growing use of food banking, he wanted to do something to help.

“I think any first responder started doing this because we have a passion for serving our community and residents and that doesn’t stop when our shift ends. end,” Alldred-Hughes said.

He told CTV News that he started contacting local paramedics, firefighters and police, then started searching for food distributors on Google.

Alldred-Hughes said: “I really believe that everything happens for a reason and it actually comes together quite simply.

Incidentally, the manager of the first company he approached was a former resident of Kirkland Lake.

Alldred-Hughes said: “He was also very inspired and got me in touch with Kraft Canada and everything was almost coming together within three or four weeks.

Lewis Motors in the North Bay offered to provide the truck, the firefighter added.A large amount of food donated by Kraft Canada was loaded onto a truck provided by Lewis Motors in the North Bay for delivery to a food bank in Lake Kirkland. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Alldred-Hughes)“The question is, how much can the truck hold? And we’ll make sure we upload it for you,” Alldred-Hughes said.On December 22, a truck with thousands of pounds of food was unloaded at Lake Kirkland to support food banks in northern Ontario. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Alldred-Hughes)

Kimberly-Clarke in Huntsville also ramped up its supply of 12 facial tissue cases.

On December 30, dozens of volunteers loaded trucks with boxes of food. The truck was then escorted by local firefighters and paramedics along with OPP to the Kirkland Lake Rescue Food Bank.

The town’s mayor, Stacy Wight, said the whole experience was moving.

“It is so inspiring when you see the incredible actions of such a good member of the community that have such a far-reaching impact,” says Wight.

Wight explained to CTV News that this act of kindness will help not only those who are facing food insecurity in Kirkland Lake but also the surrounding communities.

“From what I understand, some of the donations will go to New Liskeard and the Timmins food bank,” Wight said.

Alldred-Hughes said it was rewarding to see members of the community supporting the goal.

“It’s emotional and like an adrenaline rush to see things come to fruition and be able to do this.”

Officials said there were plans to do this again at some point this year.

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