SOURCE: Ontario Association of Food Banks

Ontario Association of Food Banks

May 23, 2017 09:00 ET

Local SUBWAY® restaurants raise over 118,000 Meals to Help Address Summer Hunger

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - In Ontario, SUBWAY® restaurants are working in partnership with the Ontario Association of Food Banks to address summer hunger. Through the 'Make Someone's Day with Sub of the Day' campaign, which ran between February 21st - April 16th, SUBWAY® restaurants raised an incredible 118,652 meals to help support families in need.

"We cannot thank the SUBWAY® restaurants that participated in this program enough," says Carolyn Stewart, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks. "The summer months are often some of the most challenging for our food banks and the clients they serve."

Food bank use often increases through the summer, because children that rely on breakfast clubs and school-meal programs no longer have access to these services when school is not in session. At the same time, donations to food banks often decrease. With over 335,000 adults and children relying on Ontario's food banks every month, the summer months can be especially challenging for both struggling families and the food banks working hard to provide support.

Through the 'Make Someone's Day with Sub of the Day' initiative, SUBWAY® restaurants in Toronto, Kingston, Peterborough, and Southwestern Ontario donated one meal to the Ontario Association of Food Banks for every 10 Sub of the Day™ subs sold. As locally owned and operated franchises, SUBWAY® restaurants are proud to further their commitment to the local community.

"As we move into the busy summery months, this support from SUBWAY® restaurants could not have come at a better time," says Stewart. "SUBWAY® has made an incredible and direct impact in helping us to ensure that food bank shelves are stocked with fresh, healthy food for the families relying on them."

Today also launched the beginning of Food Banks Canada's "Every Plate Full: Canada's Largest Food Drive". The Ontario Association of Food Banks is participating in this campaign with the continued goal of raising awareness of summer hunger, and encouraging Canadians to help fill the plates of families in need.

About SUBWAY® restaurants

Customers in 112 countries have easy access to a line-up of vegetables for their made-to- order sandwiches and salads at any of the more than 44,000 franchised locations. The company, founded 50 years ago by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family-friend Dr. Peter Buck, is still a family-owned business with thousands of dedicated franchisees/entrepreneurs in neighborhoods around the world, providing easy access to vegetables, detailed nutrition, dietary, and healthy lifestyle information. This has been a priority for the SUBWAY® restaurants chain for many years. To learn more information about us, visit www.SUBWAY.com, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SUBWAYCanada and follow us on https://twitter.com/SUBWAYCanada

About the Ontario Association of Food Banks

The Ontario Association of Food Banks is the province's leading provider of emergency food support to frontline hunger-relief agencies and the leader in province-wide hunger research. Our mission is to strengthen communities by providing food banks with food, resources, and solutions that address both short and long-term food insecurity. For every $1 donated, the Ontario Association of Food Banks can provide the equivalent of 3 meals to someone in need.

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