North York Harvest Food Bank

November 23, 2010 11:27 ET

North York Harvest: Winter Food Drive Needs More, Nutritious Food

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2010) - 'Tis the season to be healthy – at food banks.

This week, the father-son team of MPP Mike Colle and Toronto Councilor Josh Colle, join the North York Harvest Food Bank in launching its largest food drive of the year -- with a special appeal.

"Each holiday season, we receive a lot of cookies, crackers, chocolate and sugary drinks," explains Anette Chawla, the food bank's executive director. "However, because families and individuals need a variety of nutritious food, we're encouraging people to donate healthy food -- more canned fish, dried beans, cooking oils, foods with whole grains, and the other nutritious food listed on our website."

With goals of 200,000 pounds of food and $200,000 in the next six weeks, North York Harvest's six-week drive will raise much-needed nutritious food for northern Toronto. Last year, families and individuals in the region picked up 160,000 hampers of food – nearly 1.5-million pounds – from North York Harvest's 60 programs. That's enough food to fill the seats of the Rogers Centre three times over.

And the need for food banks is now is at historically high levels – approximately 10 per cent higher, compared to 2008.

North York Harvest is one of Toronto's largest food banks -- a not-for-profit organization that distributes food to local food banks, community kitchens, programs for expecting mothers, shelters for women and youth, and dozens of other programs. It services nearly half of the neighbourhoods identified as "high priority" by the City of Toronto – neighbourhoods where individuals and families have lower incomes and limited access to social services.

For details about what to donate, please visit:

Date of food-drive launch: Friday, November 26, 2010, 11:30-2:00.

Place: In front of United Bakers at Lawrence Plaza (at the corner of Bathurst and Lawrence).

Recently elected Toronto councilor Josh Colle and MPP Mike Colle will be at the event, serving food and providing support.

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