It’s been a while since I wrote on my blog. During this time of covid it has been difficult to get out there and write about the people and places that I love but one amazing guy has inspired me to write to you today. He is doing some amazing things for people struggling with hunger. Im excited to introduce to you today, in this exclusive interview, Andrew Pandabear Parnell.
Bruce: Welcome to my blog Andrew. Before we get started why don’t you tell everyone who you are.
Andrew: My name is Andrew Parnell and I’m just your average guy. I get up Monday through Friday and go to work. I work in construction and I enjoy my job most days! Ive always been one to try and help those around me anyway I can. I know I am this way because, I was very fortunate to be raised in such a loving and caring family. I was always taught to respect others and help one another. Anyways, long story short… Now I’m on a mission to make as big of an impact as I possibly can to help others!
Bruce: What is Panda Feeds Canada?
Andrew: @PandaFeedsCanada… (instagram) Panda Feeds Canada is social media platform dedicated to helping Canadians suffering from food insecurity! It’s s crazy to think that 1 in 7 Canadians are going hungry every day. It is even harder to imagine that 1 in 6 children under the age of 18 are suffering from food insecurity. And this number is actually closer to 1 in 5 due to the Covid Pandemic!Here at PFC I plan on creating a movement that will gain enough traction to attract big name companies into sponsoring us! Once I get to that point all revenue generated through social media will be donated to food banks across Canada! A FOLLOW FEEDS A TUMMY!
Bruce: Who are your inspiration?
Andrew: My inspiration first and foremost is my amazing parents! Donald and Lesley Parnell are a major part of Peterborough History!The amount of volunteer work they have done for the city over the years is deserving of another 3 or 4 articles itself! They are for sure the reason I am who I am today and a major factor behind me starting this movement.And besides that. Ive just seen seen so many things in my life that have made me sick to my stomach. Thinking how its possible that we live in the greatest country in the world yet there is still little kids who are going hungry for multiple reasons.. All of which are out of their control. I have seen many people suffering from food insecurity, for many different reasons. I just wanna help those in need. I don’t know what it’s like to be truly truly hungry… I have been hungry before, but I knew there was a meal waiting for me very soon. 1 in 6 Children don’t have that luxury.I wanna change the world and feed everyone! But I gotta take care of helping my homeland first!
Bruce: That’s amazing! What is your ultimate goal with Panda Feeds Canada?
Andrew: My ULTIMATE goal is to put a good dent in the food insecurity statistics here in Canada! Unfortunately people will always suffer from food insecurity for many different reasons. But I hope to make monolithic impact on this!Eventually I envision Panda Feeds Canada being a nation wide, recognized breakfast program in schools across Canada. Ensuring that at least every child attending school will not be going hungry. I know this already in place in most places. But it needs to be more recognizable and it needs a new face! Its time for a change. And I wanna be the reason for that change!!
Bruce: please share your successes with us.
Andrew: My successes to date are pretty good and far beyond where expected to be after only 50 days… Almost 1800 followers on Instagram and well over 2000 combined on all social media platforms.I have helped to inspire people to donate over $2800 to local food banks!I have handed out over 1000 paper bags for people to donate non perishables in store. I was part of a promotion involving The Kawartha Food Share and, The Real Canadian Superstore. For every 50 “Panda Feeds Canada” donated in store. Loblaws would donate a $100 dollar Gift Card to the Kawartha Food Share.Well I stood out there for 3 weekends handing out bags out to people and I even wore a Panda Suit I bought off of Amazon! In total I helped to raise over 11600 LBS of food and $1000 in Gift Cards for the Kawartha Food Share.I’m just getting started here at PFC and I would love to have all the support I can get just simply by following my platform on any and all social media! @pandafeedscanda on Instagram is a great start.
Bruce: One can never be truly successful alone. Who would you like to thank for your success?
Andrew: Right now I would like to thank my incredible woman, Sara is so amazing and always so supportive of my goals and ideas. I am very fortunate to have met someone so special. So excited for what me and her going to achieve together. Knowing I have someone like that on my side really helps me to focus on Panda Feeds Canada. And I would also like to thank my family for always being there for me! Some people say it’s silly when people say that… But the reality of it is, that a lot of people do not have the luxury of saying that. The world isn’t always as nice as people think it is, and in the same breath.. It isn’t always as dark and cold as some may make it seem! I would also like to thank all of my closest friends who have helped to teach me so many life lessons and help one another along the way! We have always been one of the most respectful and kind all around friend groups I have ever seen! Not a bad thing to say about anyone of them! You all know who you are and I love all of you very much! Thanks for everything!
Bruce: What does the future look like for your incredible organization?
Andrew: In the future I see Panda Feeds Canada being a nationally recognized name that is helping to end food Insecurity in Canada.I also see Panda Feeds Canada being in schools across Canada as a breakfast or all around food program! Ensuring that at least children who are attending school have access to at least 1 or 2 meals a day!I have so many amazing plans for this movement going forward and I can’t wait to see how big of an impact I will make! How big of an impact we can all make as a community… as a nation!
Bruce: How can everyone get involved?
Andrew: People can get involved for nothing and make a big impact! Simply by following @pandafeedscanada on Instagram Or Panda Feeds Canada on Facebook and tiktokOr pandafeedsCA on Twitter
If you want to have an even bigger Impact. You can make a donation to your local food bank. And I would love if you let me know you’ve made a donation so I can post it to my wall and help grow my page!It really is a ripple effect! As more people donate. More people will take note and do the same! Once I grow even more this will be a great way for small businesses to get some attention simply by making a donation!
As I grow even bigger I will be looking for some brand ambassadors who are willing to help in the distribution of Panda Feeds Canada Bags and who will help to grow my following on Social Media!!
Bruce: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me. What you are doing is badass. Any final thoughts before you get back out there?
Andrew: Most of you reading this are probably already amazing people!So all I can say is just continue to be nice and kind.We will all live in peace as long as we respect one another🐼💜 Please do take a moment to hit the follow buttons on social media!It would mean a lot to me… But it would mean a lot more to them!!
Bruce: Thank you so much Andrew and keep up the amazing work.
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