North York Harvest Food Bank

October 07, 2010 10:49 ET

Food Drive Runs Low: North York Harvest Issues Urgent Appeal

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - With only two weeks left in this season's food drive, a food Bank in northern Toronto is falling short of its target of 75,000 pounds of food.

"We're calling on Torontonians to dig deep this fall," said Anette Chawla, the food bank's executive director. "At this point in the food drive, we're short by about 3,000 pounds, compared to last fall – and the need is still there."

The food bank covers one third of the GTA and has distributed more than 100,000 bags of emergency food to families and communities in 2010.

The need remains at historically high levels – approximately 10% higher compared to 2008.

Donations of non-perishable, nutritious food (such as whole-grain products, baby food, canned fish and cooking oil) can be dropped off at major supermarkets or fire halls in northern Toronto – or by calling North York Harvest at 416-635-7771.

As part of the food drive, children and their families will participate in a food sort, organizing donated food for communities in need during the Thanksgiving season. The sort will take place during the Thanksgiving weekend (on Sunday, October 10, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) at North York Harvest.

One of Toronto's largest food banks, North York Harvest 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.

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