North York Harvest Food Bank

March 30, 2011 14:18 ET

North York Harvest Food Bank Launches Spring Food Drive on Friday, April 1 as Food Prices Go Through the Ceiling

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - A northern Toronto food bank expects more communities to use food banks as food prices rise five per cent or more this year.

As prices spike globally, causing crises in low-income regions, they're also increasing in this city and will likely cause desperation among low-income communities in northern Toronto. Prices have already increased in Toronto more than 50 per cent in the last 15 years, far more than the rise of inflation and social assistance during the same period.

"We're predicting a rise in food-bank use," says Anette Chawla, Executive Director of the North York Harvest Food Bank. "During economically difficult times, such as the recent recession, more households used food banks. We expect more families and individuals to use our agencies' 60 programs this year, which is why we're increasing our goals for our next food drive."

North York Harvest launches its Spring Food Drive on Friday, April 1, aiming to raise 100,000 pounds of food and $100,000 for communities in need in northern Toronto.

"On average, most households that use our food banks have less than $7 a day for food and expenses," Chawla says. "With rising food prices, they now have to make that money stretch further. Our food drive will provide some relief."

North York Harvest is one of the largest food banks in Toronto. In 2010, it distributed more than 1.6 million pounds of food through 60 community-based programs.

"We're asking Torontonians to donate food and funds during the month of April," Chawla says. "The next food drive won't be for another six months, so we need to collect a lot of food and money now."

On Friday, April 1, between 11:00 and 1:30, the launch will take place at the Lawrence Square mall (at Allen Road and Lawrence Ave. West), between the Fortinos and Canadian Tire stores, where volunteers will ask the public to donate food and funds.

Toronto councilor Josh Colle will attend the launch.

Contact Information

  • For more information about the launch and month-long food
    drive, please contact:
    North York Harvest Food Bank
    Alex Gillis
    Communications Manager
    Cell: 647-239-2299 or Work: 416-635-7771, x48