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Share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by helping our community with the Onkel Hans Food Drive. Bring your non-perishable food items with you to the Thanksgiving Day Parade and volunteers will happily collect them along the route!
Come out and lend a helping hand!
In 2017, the Onkel Hans Food Drive raised 8,777 lbs of non-perishable food items along the parade route; as well, $12,550 in cash was collected, which was used to purchase additional food. For the 50th anniversary, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is trying to raise 50,000 MEALS for the Food Bank!
In addition to the donations of food and cash collected along the route, you can also donate online to the Onkel Hans Food Drive! The online campaign is open to all residents of Waterloo Region, and will remain open until the end of the festival on Saturday, October 13/18.
Since the KWO Onkel Hans Food Drive began over 20 years ago, it has collected in excess of 1.3M pounds of food to give those in need in our community a helping hand.
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; Kitchener Nissan; Waterloo Nissan, Morell Kelly Personal Injury Law; Communitech; Piller’s Fine Foods; CHYM 96.7/ Country 106.7 FM /570 News; Virgin Radio105.3, 99.5 KFUN and CTV shared their time to collect the donations along the parade route.
The Onkel Hans Food Drive was honoured in 2014 with the 2014 Achievement Award for Best Fundraising Idea from Festivals and Events Ontario.