United Way serves up #LocalLove
3M Harvest Lunch aims to provide 1,000 lunches for neighbours in need
August 12, 2021: Brockville, ON. 3M Canada and the United Way Leeds & Grenville are teaming up to launch the region’s first 3M Harvest Lunch on September 15. The 3M Harvest Lunch has been a cornerstone of southwestern Ontario’s local United Way campaign for 16 years and is expanding to eastern Ontario.
The Leeds & Grenville 3M Harvest Lunch aims to provide 1,000 free lunches to the most vulnerable in our local community.
From September 15-30, the 3M Harvest Lunch Team will work with six different United Way agencies across Leeds & Grenville to serve and deliver lunches being provided by local businesses. We’re asking our community to show their local love and purchase a lunch. Every $10 ticket sold buys a meal for a neighbour in need in our community. Meals can be purchased on the uwlg.org website. Simply click the yellow 3M Harvest Lunch banner!
“We are thrilled to bring the 3M Harvest Lunch event, that has been very successful in the London area, to Leeds & Grenville. 3M is such a wonderful corporate citizen in our community. It really shows how much they care and support the communities where their employees live and work,” says Trish Buote, Executive Director United Way Leeds & Grenville. “This program is a WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN! With this program, you are buying a lunch for someone in need, from a local business, delivered by local 3M volunteers and you get to be a part of helping someone’s journey to move ahead in life.”
The pandemic continues to take a toll in our region, with more people than ever struggling to access healthy food, safe housing, and other basic needs. The local food bank, for example, is experiencing drastic increases in food cost and difficulty procuring items due to shortages. When schools closed during the year, more families struggled without the food support these facilities typically provide. The food bank anticipates it will take 10 years for visitors to experience stabilized food security.
Connect Youth, a United Way funded agency, has seen an 83 per cent increase in youth requesting food, 228 per cent increase in requests for cell phone support and a 68.5 per cent increase in requests for clothing. Connect Youth is just one agency that has seen youth living in trees and beside bridge overpasses and struggling with their mental health.
As our community continues to face challenge and uncertainty, the 3M Harvest Lunch and its team of dedicated volunteers will kick off what we hope will be our most successful United Way Campaign yet.
“3M is committed to building and enhancing strong, vibrant communities across Canada,” says Penny Wise, President of 3M Canada, title sponsor for the event. “Our employees across the country are passionate about giving back. They generously donate their own time and money to support the United Way across the country and we are proud to partner with United Way and to expand the 3M Harvest Lunch program to eastern Ontario.”
For more information, please contact:
Director, Resource Development
United Way Leeds & Grenville
3M Canada media contact