Beneficiaries Are Toronto's North York Harvest Food Bank, Ottawa Food
Bank and Edmonton Food Bank
TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - The Dell Foundation is contributing $30,000 to
support food banks in Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton, communities in which Dell
Canada employees live and work.
Grants of $10,000 each will be provided to The North York Harvest Food
Bank in Toronto, The Ottawa Food Bank and The Edmonton Food Bank. Over the
last year, the Dell Foundation has provided $167,000 to support programs in
Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa.
The donation is especially welcome in Edmonton this year as public
donations fell throughout the summer. "This donation will help sustain us
until our Christmas campaign. We must remember that not everyone in Alberta is
benefiting from the province's economic boom," said Marjorie Bencz, executive
director of Edmonton's Food Bank. For every dollar donated, Edmonton's Food
Bank sources $10-$20 worth of food.
Peter Tilley, executive director of The Ottawa Food Bank, said, "Dell
continues to raise the bar for corporate and employee community involvement.
Dell's involvement is more than just giving. It's a commitment to the
mission." Tilley plans to attend a Dell family day event at the Dell Contact
Centre in Ottawa on Aug. 18, when the cheque from the Dell Foundation will be
"Through its generous support, Dell, as an industry leader, continues to
demonstrate its commitment to tackling hunger in communities across Canada,"
said Loren Freid, executive director of North York Harvest Food Bank.
Global Community Involvement
In addition to funding from the Dell Foundation, many company employees
are involved in volunteer community work. September is designated Dell Global
Community Involvement Month to recognize and encourage volunteerism. Dell
provides tools and information for employees to help address the needs and
issues facing their communities. Last year, more than 7,100 employees
volunteered with 72 non-profit organizations around the globe, resulting in a
$12 million economic impact.
About The Ottawa Food Bank
The Ottawa Food Bank acts as a food bank on behalf of 125 service
agencies in the National Capital Region. Twelve tons of food is shipped from
The Ottawa Food Bank warehouse every working day. Last month, 40,000 people -
nearly 40 percent children - received emergency food assistance.
About North York Harvest Food Bank
The North York Harvest Food Bank works toward the relief of hunger in
communities in Toronto. The North York Harvest Food Bank collects, sorts and
distributes food to a network of more than 60 community food relief programs
that provide food to about 25,000 people a month. A talented and dedicated
group of 1,300 volunteers annually provides thousands of hours of time and
expertise to ensure that programs are effectively executed and food is
About The Edmonton Food Bank
Each month more than 12,000 people receive hampers from Edmonton's Food
Bank or one of the more than 160 affiliated agencies, churches, or food
depots. They also distribute food for more than 250,000 meals and snacks every
month. The Edmonton Food Bank, as a primary contact for people in need, also
acts as an information outlet for other forms of assistance including low-cost
housing, collective kitchens, emergency shelters, employment assistance,
welfare benefits, government assistance programs, and health, family and
About Dell Canada Inc.
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Dell Canada Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Dell Inc. Dell Canada is among the leaders in desktop products,
notebooks, servers, storage and services, and has offices in Toronto,
Montreal, Ottawa and Edmonton. Information on Dell Canada and its products can
be obtained at www.dell.ca.
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