Goal of 1 million pounds set to make up for fall drive's shortfall
TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - Daily Bread Food Bank officially kicked off the
annual Holiday Food Drive today in the warehouse of their New Toronto Street
facility, urging Toronto's public to remember those who struggle with hunger
over this holiday season.
"This is an important food drive since our fall drive didn't meet its
goal," said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread's executive director. "The holidays are a
particularly hard time for food bank clients and their children so we are
depending on the public's generosity to make sure people have enough to eat
through the winter and into the spring."
Daily Bread's research about hunger in the GTA reveals:
- 905,543 people were served by a neighbourhood food bank in the GTA,
- 34% of those clients were children
- 18% of children went hungry at least once a week
- 27% of households using food banks have at least one person working
- Food bank use has increased by 81% since 1995 and by 1.3% since 2006
- $6.61 is the amount the average food bank client has left per day for
expenses after paying rent and utilities
Supporting the fight against hunger during the holidays is easy.
Corporate and community groups can sign up for the Holiday Challenge at
dailybread.ca. Financial donations can be made securely, on-line at
dailybread.ca or by calling 416-203-0050. Cheques can be mailed to Daily Bread
Food Bank; 191 New Toronto Street, Toronto ON M8V 2E7. The public can drop off
non-perishable food at any firehall, Loblaws, or Real Canadian Superstore in
the GTA. The most needed food items include: baby food and formula; peanut
butter; canned fruit or vegetables; canned fish or meat; cans of stew or
hearty soup; powdered or canned milk; bags of rice; and bags of lentils.
The Holiday Food Drive officially runs from December 1, 2007 to
January 4, 2008.
A non-profit, charitable organization working to eliminate hunger in the
Greater Toronto Area since 1984.
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