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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Helps the Food Bank of Waterloo Region

 

Today the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest came together to help those in need while enjoying the tradition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Dave MacNeil, Executive Director of K-W Oktoberfest Inc., says, “It’s a great pleasure to announce that we have raised 15,600 lbs of non-perishable food items along the parade route this year. We also collected $14,563 in cash, which will be used to purchase additional food. We are so proud of Kitchener-Waterloo for opening up both your hearts and your wallets for the Food Bank.”

Each year local citizens and visitors share with those less fortunate by donating food and cash as part of the Thanksgiving tradition in Kitchener-Waterloo. As over 150,000 people lined the streets to watch the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the highlights of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival, volunteers from corporate sponsors Sobeys; Martin’s Family Fruit Farms; NAPA Auto Parts; CHYM 96.7/570 News/Country 106.7 FM; 105.3 KOOL FM/KFUN 99.5 and CTV shared their time to collect the donations along the parade route.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest runs until October 19th and the Onkel Hans Food Drive runs to October 14th. To support the Food Bank of Waterloo Region’s Thanksgiving Food Drive call 519-743-5576.

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada twin cities with German heritage. Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 50 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 480 volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the economic boost the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada.

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For additional information:
Dave MacNeil
Executive Director
K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 ext. 222

 

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