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Feed the Meter campaign raised over $27,000

Food for Learning programs throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County will receive additional funds to purchase food because of the success of the December 2011 Feed the Meter campaign.

Throughout December, parking was free in the downtown areas of Bancroft, Belleville, Frankford, Picton, Stirling and Trenton. Visitors were asked to "feed the meter" as a fundraiser for school Food for Learning programs. A total of $27,013.18 was raised through the generous donations.

“The generosity of the public is overwhelming,” said Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. “The success of this campaign lies directly with the people who kindly donated throughout the holiday season. On behalf of the many children and youth who rely on Food for Learning programs, thank you!”

The amounts raised in each community include meter donations, sponsor donations and other community donations.
Bancroft: $889.47
Belleville: $12,241.94
Picton: $3,465.43
Quinte West: (Trenton & Frankford), $9,955.59
Stirling: $460.75

Total meter revenue increased by almost $5,000 over last year. In Trenton the increase was $1,697; in Belleville the increase was $2,227.06; and in Picton the increase was $472.60.

This was the third year for this unique fundraising initiative. Through the support of the mayors, councils and downtown business associations of Belleville, Picton and Trenton, parking was free at the meters downtown throughout the month of December. During that time, visitors and shoppers in the downtown areas were invited to continue to put money in the meters as a donation to the Food for Learning programs. All funds raised in a particular community will be shared among the schools in that community.

Feed the Meter expanded into communities that did not have sidewalk parking meters.  Temporary parking meters were placed throughout Bancroft, Frankford and Stirling during December. As a result, more schools will benefit from this campaign.

Funds raised will support 59 local schools: 24 in Belleville, 17 in Quinte West, eight in Prince Edward County, seven in North Hastings and three in Stirling, and will be used to purchase nutritious food for their breakfast, snack and/or lunch programs.

Thank you to the sponsors

As a program of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation [1], Food for Learning [2]is a community partnership committed to enhancing classroom learning by supporting school nutrition programs. Many students arrive at school with little or no nutritious food to sustain them throughout the day. Through Food for Learning, children and youth have access to the healthy food they need to grow, thrive and achieve.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170, ext. 2205
 

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