Media Invitation: Second Harvest and Sodexo Host 200 Children in Summer Camps at BBQ in Jane/Finch Neighbourhood

BBQ Brings Attention to Child Hunger and Feeding Our Future program

TORONTO, July 27, 2015 /CNW/ -

Who: 200 hungry children from Toronto city camps.

What: Second Harvest, Sodexo and volunteers will feed hungry campers at the Feeding Our Future BBQ.

Where: Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane Street, Toronto, M3N 2K3 (closest intersection Jane & Finch)

When: Wednesday, July 29th, 12:00 pm1:00 pm.

Why: To provide kids in city camps with a special BBQ, and highlight the Feeding Our Futureprogram, raising awareness of child hunger in Toronto.

The Feeding Our Future program was developed by Sodexo in response to children going hungry over the summer months. Inner-city parents were reluctant to sign up their children for free summer camps because they couldn't afford to provide them with lunches to take along for the day. Many of these children rely on free or subsidized lunches throughout the school year but go hungry in the summer months. Second Harvest and Sodexo collaborate on Feeding Our Future, with funding provided by The Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation, toprovide approximately 40,000 lunches to Toronto kids over the summer.

Photos:

  • Hungry campers enjoying a summer BBQ

Interviews:

  • Debra Lawson, Executive Director, Second Harvest
  • Matt Cameron, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Sodexo Canada

About Second Harvest

Established in 1985, Second Harvest is the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Second Harvest rescues excess, fresh food that would otherwise go to waste, and delivers that food to more than 200 social service agencies in Toronto, feeding people experiencing hunger. Since 1985 Second Harvest has rescued and delivered over 100 million pounds of good food, thus preventing 50 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Second Harvest's vision: No Waste. No Hunger.

About Sodexo

Sodexo has been delivering On-Site Services in Canada for over 40 years. Recognized as a strategic partner, Sodexo Canada has consolidated its position by providing a range of Quality of Life Services for clients, their employees and visitors in the corporate, education, healthcare and remote sites segments. Delivering more than 850 different food and facilities management solutions across 750+ sites, Sodexo is a market leader in Canada in terms of revenue and consumers served and has been recognized as a top employer for the past three consecutive years. Sodexo Canada is proud to have created the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has donated over a million meals to at risk youth in Canada since it was founded in 2000. Follow us on Twitter @SodexoCanada.

The Sodexo Foundation

The Sodexo foundation, an independent charitable organization, sponsors and supports hunger-related initiatives, targeting the root causes of hunger in Canada and the US. An estimated 5.5 million people, many of whom are children, are at risk of hunger in Canada. The Sodexo Foundation has provided more than 900,000 meals to at-risk youth through its Feeding Our Future program and works closely with Food Banks Canada to raise awareness and fight hunger across the country. All costs associated with administering the Foundation are born by Sodexo and all monies raised goes directly to helping those in need.

SOURCE Second Harvest

For further information: To RSVP to the BBQ or for more information please contact: Tonia Krauser, Director of Communications, Second Harvest, 416-625-6774, toniak@secondharvest.ca

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