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NewmarketToday and readers help fill the shelves at Newmarket Food Pantry

Thanks to your contributions, and our partner Vince's Market, our food drive also raised $750 to help our neighbours in need this holiday season
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NewmarketToday's Allie Kelly and Debora Kelly present a cheque to Liz Blight, volunteer coordinator at the Newmarket Food Pantry, and food donations with Maria Ciarlandini, ambassador community support at Vince's Market.

In response to rising food costs and the increased use of food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic, last week, we asked you, our loyal readers, to help us support the Newmarket Food Pantry with an online food drive.

The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for all of us, but especially for those in need. The added strain on our local food bank means it needs extra support from caring community members to ensure that no one in our city goes without.

With this in mind, NewmarketToday embarked on a campaign to raise much needed funds for our local food bank.

The campaign was simple. We secured food packages donated by Vince’s Market and asked our readers to purchase the bags at $25 apiece through our online pop-up store, with the cash and the food to be donated to the local food bank.

NewmarketToday then matched whatever was purchased as a cash donation with all proceeds going to the Newmarket Food Pantry.

In Newmarket, the generosity of our readers translated into a donation of $750 for the food bank, plus the food packages.

Thank you for helping us to strengthen our community and make the holiday season a bit brighter here in Newmarket.