North York Harvest Food Bank

October 04, 2010 17:44 ET

Children Sort Food for Children, A Thanksgiving Tradition

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - Children facing hunger: food-bank volunteers fight that reality each Thanksgiving season.

This year, children and their families join one of Toronto's largest food banks for a public food sort during the Harvest Food Drive – an effort to raise 75,000 tons of food and $75,000 for communities facing systemic poverty.

Food sorts involve volunteers organizing donated food for families and communities during the Thanksgiving season. The next food sort, on Sunday, October 10, will be run by North York Harvest Food Bank, a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization that distributed 160,000 hampers of food last year – nearly 1.5 million pounds.

Children make up 40 percent of people served by food programs in northern Toronto.

"The need is greater than ever before, mainly because of the lingering recession" says Anette Chawla, Executive Director of the food bank. "We'll open our warehouse doors to neighbourhood families and individuals to sort through tons of food from bins in firehalls and grocery stores."

North York Harvest Food Bank provides food assistance and support to 60 programs, including neighbourhood food banks, pre- and post-natal programs, women's shelters, community gardens and community kitchens. More than 90% of its support comes from individuals, companies and community groups – and food drives are a critical part of fundraising for communities in need.

Date of public food sort: Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010

Time: 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00

Place: North York Harvest Food Bank, 640 Lawrence Ave. West, between Bathurst and Allen Road, at the back of Bathurst Lawrence Heights Secondary School.

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