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Fresh Food Weekly gearing up for big deliveries

'We have lots going on this Monday. I have so much food coming, there’s actually not enough room,' says Fresh Food Weekly founder

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the elves — or rather community volunteers — are getting ready to deliver 200 turkey dinner meal boxes.

On Monday, Dec. 19, volunteers from all over the city will be coming together to help Fresh Food Weekly founder Leah Dyck prepare and deliver the boxes to families in need in order to provide them with all the fixings for a traditional Christmas meal.

“I ended up getting $12,000 in donations, so we’re doing 200 turkey dinner meal boxes on Monday. I have 57 volunteer drivers delivering these 200 boxes to 200 addresses in Barrie,” she said, adding a local RBC branch has volunteered seven staff members to pack up the boxes throughout the day.

Barrie Mayor Alex Nuttall, United Way of Simcoe Muskoka CEO Brian Shelly, Habitat for Humanity Huronia CEO Rob Cikoja, and Leonardo Giglio, Tempo Flexible Packaging CEO,  all of whom are Fresh Food Weekly committee members, will be on hand to help, Dyck noted.

“We have lots going on this Monday. I have so much food coming, there’s actually not enough room, so I will be having 200 turkeys and 200 four-litre bags of milk arrive early Monday morning and they will all be stored outside," she added. 

Continental Specialties has donated eight cheese wheels, Fox’s Bakery has offered up 300 packs of dinner rolls, Kawartha Dairy has provided 100 one-litre cartons of eggnog, and Cookstown Greens donated 200 pounds of rainbow carrots. 

“Cookstown Greens has a contract with MLSE (Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment), so these are the same carrots that the Toronto Maple Leafs are fed after their practices," Dyck said. 

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