Loblaws® and Real Canadian Superstore® shoppers collect over 9,200 turkeys for Second Harvest, feeding those in
need this holiday season
TORONTO, Dec. 22 /CNW/ - Toronto really showed its turkey spirit this
holiday season. Second Harvest's 8th annual Turkey Drive at participating Loblaws and Real Canadian
Superstore locations was a huge success! Over the first three weekends
in December, shoppers donated more than 9,200 turkeys. This is a record
number of turkeys for Second Harvest and truly demonstrates the
generosity of Torontonians.
"No one should go hungry over the holiday season. Torontonians stepped
up and showed how much they care and were extremely giving this year.
These turkeys will allow for many people to have a happy, healthy
holiday meal," said Melissa Dedic, Foodraiser at Second Harvest.
Businesses and communities came together in the 'spirit of turkey' to
volunteer their time and Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore shoppers
gave generously to the campaign. Torontonians helped feed their
neighbours during a time of year when many have no food.
Most of the donated frozen turkeys will be delivered in refrigerated
trucks to social service agencies across Toronto by December 25th. Agencies will distribute or prepare the turkeys for families and
individuals who otherwise can't afford a holiday dinner. These turkeys
will feed thousands of people in need this holiday season.
Second Harvest still needs financial donations to help with the delivery
of fresh food in December and into the New Year. To-date Second Harvest
has received $60,000 in financial donations, falling short of the
$100,000 goal. To make a donation to the Second Harvest's Turkey Drive,
please visit secondharvest.ca or call 416.408.2594.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food distributor and a leading provider of drugstore,
general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one
of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000
corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its
franchisees employ over 138,000 full-time and part-time employees.
Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of
products and services to meet the everyday household demands of
Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control
(private) label program, including the unique President's Choice®, no name® and Joe Fresh Style® brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers President's Choice Financial® services and offers the PC® points loyalty program.
About Second Harvest
Second Harvest is a charitable organization that takes a common-sense
approach to hunger. For the past 25 years, we have been picking up
donated, perishable food, which would otherwise go to waste, and
delivering it to more than 200 social service agencies in Toronto.
Independent research group, Charity Intelligence Canada has endorsed
Second Harvest for its efficiency, conscientious administration, and
high return to the community for every dollar donated. In addition, MoneySense magazine recently awarded an "A" grade to Second Harvest, naming it one
of the most responsible charitable groups in Canada.
SOURCE Second Harvest
For further information: For further information:
or to schedule an interview with a campaign spokesperson, please contact:
Tonia Krauser, Director of Communications, Second Harvest
Loblaw Public Relations