Community Grants Spotlight
We have been busy throughout December hand delivering cheques to the recipients of our Fall Community Grants program. This adapted COVID-friendly alternative to our traditional, in-person Fall Grant Celebration, has allowed us the opportunity to foster insightful connections with each organization this year.
To celebrate the $400,388 of awarded funding, we will be featuring each of our recipients over the coming weeks and highlighting the meaningful projects being supported by their grants. Be sure to follow us on social media @CFKingstonArea to learn about these local charities and how they’re making a difference in our community.
Pictured above is South Frontenac Community Services (SFCS) representatives – all smiles behind their masks – as they received their grant of $34,137: the largest single community grant awarded by the Foundation!
This funding will be used for the purchase and installation of a walk-in freezer to support vital food security programs including Hot & Frozen Meals on Wheels, meals/snacks for Adult Day clients, and the Community Food Bank.
“The impact of this walk-in freezer will be immediate and substantial which will benefit thousands of people in South Frontenac and rural Kingston” says David Townsend, SFCS Executive Director. “We have experienced a significant increase in demand, and we expect a dramatic surge in meal provision to vulnerable seniors as this second wave continues so we are stocking and preparing more food than we ever have before.”
This new freezer will allow SFCS to accept and safely store large food donations (recently they had been offered 200lbs of ground beef), as well as be able to take advantage of bulk purchasing discounts. In addition to helping meet the surge in demand caused by the pandemic, this investment will be a permanent fixture that will serve their food security programs for many years.
South Frontenac Community Services offers hot and frozen Meals on Wheels to seniors, and their Community Food Bank is available to anyone in our catchment area who needs help.
For more information on the programs SFCS offers, visit their website at https://www.sfcsc.ca/