Meters fed nearly $25,000

Quinte area residents have helped fill the stomachs of thousands of local children simply by digging into their pockets.
Mayor Neil Ellis will be presenting a cheque to the Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation (HPELF) representing funds collected last month during the Feed the Meter campaign.

More than $6,000 was raised in Belleville alone through the holiday program where motorists are invited to make donations through meter-donations instead of paying parking fees.

"Feed the Metre was a tremendous success in all three communities, Belleville, Trenton, and for the first time, in Picton," a press release issued by the foundation stated. Quinte West raised $4,716, $1,749 was collected in Picton and the remaining $6,447 came through the parking meters in Belleville.

In addition to support from Belleville's city council and the Downtown Business Association, this fundraising campaign was also supported by local sponsors. In total, including metre donations, sponsorship gifts, a $3,000-donation by the Belleville Police Association, and general donations, $24,648 was raised through this past holiday season's Feed the Mere initiative.

The foundation extended a special thanks to its sponsors for their generous donations that assisted with the cost of producing the weather proof and durable signs placed on each metre.

"As a result of their contributions totalling $2,300, 100 per cent of the funds collected through the meters will be used to purchase food for students participating in student nutrition programs in Belleville. In addition, over $1,800 in general donations was received during this year's campaign, of which Belleville will share with Quinte West and Prince Edward County," the release stated.

Many students arrive at school with little or no nutritious food to sustain them throughout the day.

Food for Learning allows children and youth to have access to the healthy food they need to grow, thrive and achieve.

Currently, 151 nutrition programs are offered in 80 schools and alternative eduction sites in hasting and Prince Edward Counties. This year alone, these programs will serve more than 600,000 meals and snacks to over than 10,000 students, added deSnoo.

"The funds raised from Feed the Metre will help us make this possible for the programs in Quinte West, Belleville and Picton as most schools offer at least one Food for Learning program," added the release.
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