Second Harvest celebrates its third annual Lunch Money Days event

TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Warm up this month with Second Harvest ambassador, Chef Mark McEwan, and enjoy the flavours of Toronto in support of Second Harvest's Lunch Money Days. On February 26th from 11am to 3pm, Torontonians can enjoy a hot and tasty lunch prepared by 15 unique food vendors from local restaurants at Yonge-Dundas Square. Guests can purchase tickets for $3 to $5 and exchange them for delicious snack-sized dishes, with proceeds going to feed neighbours in need across the city.

"Second Harvest invites the people of Toronto to enjoy its third annual lunchtime event, presented by Macquarie, at Yonge-Dundas Square" said Jo-Anne Sobie, Executive Director at Second Harvest. "This year's event has expanded and people will have the opportunity to taste some great local fare, while providing funds to enable the delivery of healthy food to those in need in Toronto. Every $10 donation allows Second Harvest to rescue nutritious food that would have otherwise gone to waste, and deliver 20 meals through its community agency network."

This year, Second Harvest aims to raise enough funds to provide over 600,000 meals for hungry Torontonians through their community-based Lunch Money Days initiatives. People across the city are also encouraged to get involved with Lunch Money Days all year round by initiating and participating in fundraisers at work or school.

During the month of February, there are a number of additional activities taking place across Toronto to raise funds and build awareness of hunger and food rescue.

  1. Shop and donate at the CBC Farmer's Market. On February 21st, from 7am to 2pm, Lunch Money Days volunteers will be collecting donations in the farmer's market in the atrium of the CBC building at 250 Front Street West.

  2. Enjoy lunch at Calphalon Culinary Center. On February 27th from noon to 2pm, the Calphalon Culinary Center will host a public lunch in-store at 425 King St. W. Enjoy a delectable meal for a minimum $5 donation. All proceeds go towards Second Harvest programs.

  3. Make a donation. On February 28th, hundreds of Second Harvest volunteers will be at TTC subway stations across the city collecting donations in support of food rescue and delivery.

  4. Eat great Thai at Salad King. On February 28th, Salad King's Yonge Street location will be donating all proceeds from the day to Second Harvest in an effort to help feed Toronto's hungry.

  5. Indulge your sweet tooth at Dufflet's. Visit Dufflet's Pastries' Queen Street W. and Queen Street E. locations during the month of February to purchase a Cowboy Cookie. For every cookie sold, $1 will be donated to Second Harvest's Lunch Money Days campaign.

For more information or details on how to get involved, visit lunchmoneydays.com.

About Second Harvest

Second Harvest is the largest food rescue program in Canada. Since 1985, Second Harvest has been picking up donated, excess food, which would have otherwise gone to waste, and delivering that food to community agencies in Toronto. Every day Second Harvest delivers enough food to provide 19,000 meals to 215 community agencies in Toronto.

SOURCE: Second Harvest

For further information:

Katherine Moffat
Second Harvest
Phone: 416.408.2594 Ext 226
katherinem@secondharvest.ca

Robyn Smith
High Road Communications
Phone: 416-644-2258
Robyn.Smith@highroad.com


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