The North Bay Food Bank got a shot in the arm worth over $11,000 yesterday thanks to the North Bay Ribfest.
In a social media post yesterday, the Food Bank shared that Louise Lowe & Steve Bitonti, organizers of the Harvest King Food Service North Bay Ribfest 2022 presented Debbie Marson, Executive Director of the North Bay Food Bank with a donation of $11,222.00 from the successful event held July 14 – 17 at the North Bay Waterfront.
Organizers say nearly 10,000 people passed through the gates over the four-day event, which featured ribs, music vendors and kid games.
“We were very excited to receive this amount as it exceeds our projected donation of between $2,000-$4,000. We feel very fortunate when we get the opportunity to partner with an event like the HK Food Service Ribfest, allowing us to talk to people in our community about what the Food Bank does, who we help and why their support is so important and beneficial to keeping our program going,” wrote Marson. “We can’t thank Louise, Steve and their team enough for the community awareness, and this generous donation that will allow us to purchase items for our client’s hampers.” Marson added, “Every week we are seeing new clients, more regular clients, and clients who haven’t needed our services in years. The high inflation rate, along with the increasing cost of food, gas and basic living needs is affecting those in our community more now than ever. This donation helps us help others.”
The Food Bank says it provides 3-5 days worth of personal hygiene, pantry, non-perishables, vegetables, fruit and dairy items for clients who have more month than they have money left.
For more information on how you can help the North Bay Food Bank, please contact Debbie Marson, Executive Director, North Bay Food Bank at 705-495-3290 or by email: [email protected]