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Lowe's, RONA stores donate $5K to York Region food banks

The donation supports local families struggling with food insecurity during the pandemic
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Robert Caren, Lowe’s Vaughan store manager (from left), Steffon Sepa, RONA North York store manager, Alex Bilotta, founder and CEO of the Food Bank of York Region, and Lisa Kearney, Lowe’s Maple store manager. Supplied photo/Lowe's

As many local families continue to struggle with income loss due to the pandemic, five Lowe’s and RONA corporate stores in York Region came together to donate $5,000 to the Food Bank of York Region.

“The Lowe’s Canada family has a long tradition of community engagement, and it was important for us to do our part to give back to the community in a meaningful way,” Lisa Kearney, store manager at Lowe’s Maple, said in a news release. “We are glad to present this donation to the Food Bank of York Region, a non-profit that has been supporting our communities since 2011, delivering food to local shelters, community food pantries, and other organizations helping our most vulnerable residents.”

“We are very grateful for community-minded corporations like Lowe’s Canada,” said Alex Bilotta, CEO and founder of the Food Bank of York Region. “Their support and awareness to food insecurity issues in the areas we live in are vital to food banks like us. We are very thankful for their generous donation and applaud their corporate social responsibility efforts.”

The donation was made possible as a result of a $1 million fund announced by Lowe’s Canada last April to support its associates and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has committed to presenting a total of $241,000 to allow Lowe’s, RONA, Reno-Depot, and Dick’s Lumber corporate stores across the country to support initiatives, in cash or in kind, to meet the needs of the communities within their region.

The FBYR serves food banks in the region's nine municipalities, including Newmarket, Aurora, East Gwillimbury and Georgina, by sourcing, collecting, warehousing and delivering surplus fresh, frozen and non-perishable food donations to more than 85 local frontline community service agencies. For more information about the FBYR, ways to donate or get involved, visit