More than just raising food & fundraising. It's about raising awareness.
The Crusade began on January 28th 2010, the day our daughter Sarah was born. She struggled to take her first breath and seven days later she almost took her last.
Over that week I made a number of promises for her well being and it's a debt I will never be able to repay.
Having Sarah has been the greatest gift my wife Sonja and I have ever known. It's hard to imagine being a parent and not being able to give your child every opportunity to be happy and healthy.
In the area where we live, 40% of all people that receive support from local food organizations are children. It is not only shameful it requires immediate action.
In the spring of 2010, I began growing fresh produce to donate to local food programs as well as doing everything in my power to bring awareness to the problem. In the first year, we grew and donated 350 pounds of produce.
In 2011, I built three more gardens, added an apple/pear orchard; organized a benefit concert and volunteered with various community groups. Every opportunity I had to tell the story of hunger, I took it. I appeared in numerous news articles/radio stations in Ontario as well various social media networks. That year, we raised 850 pounds of produce that was distributed to various local food agencies including Minden & Cardiff Food Banks, OEYC, SIRCH, Point In Time, Community Care, and the 4 C’s as well as drop offs to various families in need. I also assisted in creating a distribution network ensuring that produce got to those needed it in peak condition.
How we built the Food Crusade gardens..in pictures