Support food banks by donating used cellular devices to Food Banks
Canada's Phones for Food program
TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - Helping Canadians in need while also helping
the environment is as simple as donating your no longer used cell phone
or mobile device. Food Banks Canada's Phones for Food program is an
easy way for individuals and businesses to support food banks while
also doing something good by recycling — on Earth Day and everyday!
Phones for Food is an award winning recycling program that provides
funds to the food bank community across the country while redirecting
consumer waste that would otherwise be directed to a landfill. Since
its launch in 2003, the Phones for Food program has generated over
$750,000 for Food Banks Canada and the food bank community and diverted
approximately 500,000 wireless devices from landfills. In 2010, Food
Banks Canada was the recipient of Canadian Wireless Technology
"Connected to Community" award for the Phones for Food program.
"This program is unique in that it provides much needed funds to support
Food Banks Canada and the food bank community while also collectively
reducing our environmental impact, making it a win-win situation," says
Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. "We are
grateful for the support of Canadians who have made the effort to
recycle their mobile devices and made this program a continual
The Phones for Food program is supported by Rogers Communications and
Purolator Inc., who have been sponsors since the program launched.
Global Electric Electronic Processing Inc. (GEEP) has recently been
designated the phone recycling supplier for the Phones for Food
program. GEEP, a Canadian Company, is a leader in the Electronic
Recycling Industry and works to divert electric and electronic waste
Participating in the program is as simple as one, two, three:
Individuals or businesses can drop off their used cellular devices at
any Rogers or Fido branded store across Canada or mail their old cell
phone in to the program via the envelope provided with the purchase of
a new cell phone.
Phones are processed by GEEP, a phone recycling supplier.
Funds generated as a result of phone collections are donated to Food
Banks Canada and the food bank community.
Make Earth Day your environmental call to action and donate all used
mobile phones and handheld devices to the program.
About Phones for Food
Phones for Food is an award winning handheld collection and recycling
program sponsored by Rogers Communications and Purolator Inc. which
provides new resources for the alleviation of hunger. Since its launch
in 2003, the Phones for Food program has generated over $750,000 for
Food Banks Canada and the food bank community and diverted
approximately 500,000 wireless devices from landfills. For more
information on Phones for Food, visit www.phonesforfood.com.
About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing
the food bank community across Canada. Our members and their
respective agencies serve approximately 85 per cent 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. Visit
www.foodbankscanada.ca for more information.
SOURCE Food Banks Canada
For further information:
Food Banks Canada
(416) 203-9241 X 28