Storm knocks the stuffing out of turkey drive



    TORONTO, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - As a result of yesterday's storm, Second
Harvest's annual turkey drive came up drastically short by over 1,000 turkeys.
    Second Harvest's Executive Director Zoe Cormack Jones is very worried.
"If we don't make up the shortfall from yesterday's collection, there are
going to be a lot of disappointed people on our delivery route. Our goal this
year was to collect 5,000 turkeys in order to meet the need, but due to the
weather on Sunday, we only collected 302, giving us a total of 3862 turkeys,
and leaving us over 1000 short."
    This is the fifth year for the Turkey Drive, which collects turkeys at
participating Loblaws stores, and then delivers the turkeys in time for
Christmas to shelters, community centres, and drop-in programs throughout the
Greater Toronto Area. If Second Harvest doesn't reach its goal, hundreds of
families will go without a turkey dinner this Christmas.
    In an attempt to collect more turkeys, the charity is going to extend
their drive, and Second Harvest drivers will be putting in additional hours to
ensure that the turkeys are delivered in time for Christmas.

    
    The public can help in four ways:

    -   On Wednesday, December 19th, head to Loblaws at Queens Quay, Leslie
        and Lakeshore, or Moore and Bayview from noon to 8:00 p.m. and buy a
        turkey.

    -   Donate on-line at www.secondharvest.ca

    -   Call Second Harvest at 416-408-2594 to donate

    -   Drop off a turkey at Second Harvest's warehouse at 1450 Lodestar
        Road, Unit 18
    

    Every day, Second Harvest picks up donated, high quality fresh food,
which would otherwise have gone to waste, and delivers that food to 250 social
service programs in Metro Toronto. Second Harvest currently provides food for
about 14,000 meals a day to children in after-school programs, seniors on
fixed incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, psychiatric patients, homeless
people, and many others who have fallen on hard times.





For further information:

For further information: Abby Robins, Communications Manager, Second
Harvest, (416) 408-2594, (office), (416) 315-5280 (cell),
www.secondharvest.ca


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