Simple ways to help make the holidays a little jollier for those in need
TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Recently announced statistics from Food
Banks Canada's HungerCount 2012 report, informed Canadians that 882,000 individuals turned to a
food bank each month for help this year - and more than 339,000 (38%)
of those assisted are children. The holiday season is a time when
everyone can provide a helping hand to those in need across the country
and Food Banks Canada and its partners are making it easy to do this.
"We know that it's more difficult for people in need during the holiday
season when many cannot afford the extras that often can make the
holidays so special," says Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, of
Food Banks Canada. "Food Banks Canada is encouraging Canadians to dig a
bit deeper and share the holiday spirit with others by participating in
our partner campaigns."
Food Banks Canada in partnership with some of their partners is
suggesting a number of simple ways for Canadians to help those in need
during the holiday season:
Add to your shopping cart at participating Loblaw Companies Limited corporate and franchise
banner stores, offer support to the Extra Helping National Food Drive.
Consider picking up the top five most needed items highlighted by Extra
Helping™ signs on store shelves and place them in the donation bins
in-store, or donate funds at the checkout to help those in need -
through to December 13, 2012 across Canada and until the 24th in Quebec.
Cast a vote for your local food bank in the Kraft Food for Families online campaign.
Visit www.kraftfoodforfamilies.ca and add your name - once a day, every day until December 31, 2012 and
help Kraft donate up to $125,000 to food banks across Canada.
Make Some Change by donating your spare change to Food Banks Canada when visiting your
local 7-Eleven. Food Banks Canada coin boxes are on the counters of
7-Eleven stores across the country to December 31.
Enjoy holiday music for a cause by downloading and sharing with your friends original
Carols sung by Koodo Mobile's very own Mini-Muchacho. For each download
and share, Koodo will make a donation to Food Banks Canada.
Make a donation: Individuals are also encouraged to donate directly to Food Banks Canada
to support its work in finding solutions to hunger. For every dollar
donated, Food Banks Canada can acquire and share $20 worth of food. You
can make an online donation at: www.foodbankscanada.ca. or act locally by donating, time, funds or food directly to a
community food bank.
For more information on Food Banks Canada and its partner campaigns
visit the partner campaigns page at www.foodbankscanada.ca
About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing
the food bank community across Canada. Our Members, Affiliate Member
food banks, and their respective agencies serve approximately 85% of
people accessing emergency food programs nationwide. Our mission is to
meet the short-term need for food and find long-term solutions to
reduce hunger. Please visit www.foodbankscanada.ca for more information.
SOURCE: Food Banks Canada
For further information:
Marzena Gersho, Food Banks Canada,
647-242-5919 (mobile) or
(416) 203-9241, ext. 28 (office)