Month long challenge over, Soup Kitchen stocked again!


A friendly challenge between two neighbouring establishments has benefited the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen.

The challenge was set up between the Wendy’s and Tim Horton’s location on Second Line and Great Northern Road. Employees there started a canned food drive on June 1, but it quickly grew to include customers. For the month of June customers were invited to drop off a canned food item in one of two bins. One for Wendy’s and the other for Tim Horton’s.

The challenge ended June 30.  In total 1,779 non-perishable food items were collected along with $1,100 in cash donated by a former resident who now resides in Alaska, Barbara Ruscio Brena and $100 from Tim Horton’s employee Derek Thomas Pearce on behalf of his Project SSM initiative. As it turns out Wendy’s outpaced Tim Horton’s by a small margin.

Scott Barber Manager Tim Hortons with Ryan Ditommaso, owner and Wendy's manager Kerilyn Trudel-houslander
Scott Barber Manager Tim Hortons with Ryan Ditommaso, owner and Wendy’s manager Kerilyn Trudel-houslander

The items were loaded onto a truck yesterday and dropped off to the Soup Kitchen along with the cash.

Kerilyn Trudel-Houslander, manager of the Wendy’s Great Northern Road location tells that they plan on another challenge at Christmas time once again for the Soup Kitchen.



  1. First class performance by the team members and guests of Tim Hortons and Wendys! Proud to be a part of this fine partnership.

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