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Peterborough Women's Business Network donates $20K to Crossroads Shelter nutrition program

January 11th, 2018

The YWCA Peterborough Haliburton received a $20,064 cheque from the Women's Business Network of Peterborough during a presentation on Wednesday night at the Highland Park Funeral Centre on Bensfort Road.

The donation will support the YWCA Crossroads Shelter's Nutritional Well-Being program to support local women and children in crisis.

The group revealed the final donation amount at its January meeting.

The Nutritional Well-Being program provides healthy food, vitamins and supplements to local women and their children 365 days of the year.

Last year, 25,413 meals were prepared and served to women and children living at the Crossroads Shelter.

For more than 30 years, the Women’s Business Network has committed to supporting the Crossroads Shelter, for women and children fleeing violence, through their annual fundraising event

The $20,064.84 was raised at the 2017 WBN Holiday Gala held in December. 

"We feel it’s vital to support and give back to our community, especially to the women and children who utilize Crossroads Shelter and its Nutritional Well-being program," stated Lori McKee, WBN's program director.

"I got to witness first-hand the high energy and generous contributions handed out by members, donors and volunteers from the day we started planning right up to the night of the gala. To our members, guests, donors and volunteers, thank you for all your donations, hard work and support so we could reach our fundraising goal."

McKee and fellow WBN program directors Sana Virji presented the cheque to Corinna Campbell, YWCA associate, events and annual giving, and Anne Arnold, YWCA development assistant.

The YWCA’s Nutritional Well‐Being program helps families learn about meal planning, food preparation, principles of nutrition, preparing main meals and encouraging participation from women and children too, according to a release from WBN. The program helps women to address their health goals with healthy food, and cook tasty affordable dishes that are possible on a modest budget.

“At the YWCA, we invest in both safety and nourishment to help women and children feel welcome and protected," stated Jen Cureton, YWCA director of philanthropy and communications. "The Women’s Business Network has been a vital partner in helping women and children escape violence and build new lives. We’re so grateful to work with WBN each year through their Holiday Gala to drive our vision to see all women and children thriving.”

The menus at the Crossroads Shelter are planned with input from residents, making sure that important dietary requirements are met, and that everyone has food that is tasty, acceptable and familiar, the release states.