Barrie Colts to deliver meals to those in need

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The Barrie Colts have started preparing meals that will be delivered to those in need including: Barrie Food Bank, David Busby Street Centre, Salvation Army Barrie Bayside Mission Centre and the Women & Children's Shelter (Barrie). 

The food is being prepared in The Horsepower Sports Bar & BBQ kitchen and will be packaged as individual meals, as many as 700 or 800 each day.

"We have an amazing staff of incredible people and since our season has been cancelled, they wanted to step up and do whatever we can do to help the community that has always supported us," said Howie Campbell, President of the Barrie Colts. 

"This is all thanks to our fans who have supported the Barrie Community Foundation 50/50 draws all season long. We are able to use some of those funds to purchase the food required to make these meals."

Food is also being donated by No Frills, one of the team's valued sponsors, as well as  Zehrs Supermarkets. Rockbrune Movers and AMJ Campbell have donated boxes to allow them to deliver the meals. 

"We want all of our fans who have bought 50/50 tickets during the year to know that the monies raised are going to a great cause. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you. This is a very difficult and challenging time for all of us. We hope that everyone is safe and staying healthy", added Mr. Campbell.

According to Sean Kehoe, Food and Beverage Manager of Colt Food Services Limited, systems have been set up to respect social distancing and to ensure safe preparation and delivery of the meals each day.

"Our staff are working from home, but are taking turns coming in to help package the food so we can keep this going", added Mr. Kehoe.

The Barrie Colts Community Fund supports various charities in the community and this initiative is possible because of the support of fans and corporate sponsors. They also want to acknowledge and thank the Barrie Community Foundation for all their help and support with the 50/50 ticket program.

The Barrie Colts encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible and respect social distancing when you have to go out. 

"If we all do our part, we can stop the spread as much as possible. Stay safe. Stay healthy," said Mr. Campbell.

Jason & Carey spoke with Jim Payetta, Barrie Colts Co-owner and VP of Business Development about the project. You can hear their interview here:

 

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