Donation to Kawartha Food Share from 2020 free parking periods

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Kawartha Food Share donation cheque

Peterborough ON- A total of $ $46,631.06 was raised for Kawartha Food Share in 2020 through the generosity of people who opted to put money into the parking machines during the 2 Hours Free Parking periods last year.

In addition to the annual holiday parking period from November 27 to December 31, 2-hour free parking was also available from March 17 to August 10 to support downtown businesses during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the third year in a row, Holiday 2 Hours Free Parking was sponsored by HotSpot Parking.

“This donation is helping people throughout our community to put food on their tables. The pandemic has forced many families to access food banks for the first time ever,” said Mayor Diane Therrien. “We appreciate the remarkable generosity of our community for making donations despite the challenges of 2020.”

“We are so thankful for the continued support of the City of Peterborough and the local shoppers for donating to Kawartha Food Share. We know the past year has been tough for many, so seeing that community members still wanted to support our cause by feeding the meters is absolutely incredible,” said Ashlee Aitken, general manager of Kawartha Food Share.

Kawartha Food Share currently assists more than 8,900 people every month through its 36 member agencies. It supports four meal programs, four city food banks, six housing projects, seven county food banks, and over 20 food cupboards across the City and County of Peterborough. Last year the Kawartha Food Share warehouse distributed over $5 million dollars worth of food and emergency care needs.


For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Sharron Hayton, Customer Service Coordinator

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1868


Lynn Todd, Parking Operations Coordinator

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 2758