Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford, presented a cheque for $7,411.24 to Brant Food for Thought for the total proceeds raised from Brantford Eats Local booklet sales on Monday, August 8, 2022.
Brant Food For Thought is a local agency that supports and facilitates Student Nutrition Programs in elementary and secondary schools in Brantford and the County of Brant.
“I am thrilled to present Brant Food for Thought with this cheque that represents the teamwork of City staff and the community coming together to support local businesses and raise money for an important cause,” said Davis.
In November 2021, Tourism Brantford launched the second annual Brantford Eats Local program and offer booklet. The campaign ran until May 31, 2022 and included 38 exclusive offers from 38 different restaurants and food businesses in Brantford.
The Brantford Eats Local 2021-2022 project was made possible with a grant received from Enterprise Brant.
“Enterprise Brant congratulates Tourism Brantford on the success of the Brantford Eats Local program,” said Sara McLellan, General Manager, Enterprise Brant. “It is a pleasure to partner with Tourism Brantford to support local business and contribute to the nutrition of children through Brant Food for Thought.”
Brant Food for Thought operates on the belief that good nutrition contributes to a child’s ability to learn and that all children and youth should have equitable access to the most nutritious foods possible.
“Brant Food For Thought is thrilled to be the recipient of this year’s campaign proceeds,” said Gisele Budgell, Program Coordinator, Brant Food For Thought. “Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to its success, particularly during another challenging year. Together, your donation will ensure that more students will have access to healthy breakfasts and snacks for an entire school year to help maximize their learning success.”
Brantford Eats Local stemmed from the Economic Recovery Action Plan developed by the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force in June 2020. This plan was created in response to the unprecedented economic hardships faced by business owners and operators in Brantford as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with the hope that more people would attend these businesses as a result of the Brantford Eats Local program.
“We were delighted to include a coupon in this year’s Brantford Eats booklet,” said Sarah Disher-Neddow, Owner, Dairee Delite. “The community and Tourism Brantford have been so supportive of our business over the past couple of years. This was a great chance for us to help support an important charity in our community while providing a discount for our neighbours to enjoy a treat. As we approach our 70th birthday next year, we are so proud to have the continued support of our community, and the opportunity to support them in return.”
“It was great to see the community coming together to support each other,” said Shelby Miller, Co-Owner, Lettuce Live.
Local restaurants and food establishments appreciated the support during a difficult time for small businesses.
“We were thrilled to be a part of such an amazing program,” said Bailey Uvanile, Co-Owner, Lettuce Live. “We love being involved with a program that aims to promote small and local businesses, especially after these tough two years.”
“We loved being a part of the Brantford Eats program, especially as a new business to Brantford,” said Isabel Tancredi, Owner, Wild Thyme Kitchen. “It was an excellent way for customers to come in and try our meals.”