Loblaws donates 1,000 turkeys to make up Second Harvest's shortfall

    TORONTO, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - As a result of Sunday's storm, Second Harvest's
Turkey Drive came up short by over 1,000 turkeys. In a show of extreme
generosity, Loblaw Companies will be donating 1,000 turkeys to make up for the
    Second Harvest's Executive Director, Zoe Cormack Jones, is thrilled with
the donation. "We had to make a number of phone calls on Monday morning
telling our agencies that we wouldn't be able to provide the turkeys they
needed. Those were hard calls to make, but when Loblaws came through with
those additional turkeys, it was wonderful to call the agencies back with the
    This is the fifth year for the Turkey Drive, and this year's goal was to
collect and deliver 5,000 turkeys in time for Christmas.
    "Loblaw Companies has been associated with Second Harvest for a number of
years and the recent Toronto area storm put this year's turkey drive in
jeopardy," says Elizabeth Margles, Vice-President of Public Relations and
Public Affairs. "We just couldn't allow this to happen when so many people in
need depend on Second Harvest during the holiday season."
    Media is invited to Loblaws at Queens Quay and Jarvis on Wednesday,
December 19th at noon when Second Harvest will be loading some of the turkeys
onto their refrigerated trucks and then delivering the turkeys to shelters,
drop-in programs and community centres throughout the G.T.A.

    Every day, Second Harvest picks up donated, high quality fresh food,
which would otherwise have gone to waste, and delivers that food to 250 social
service programs in Metro Toronto. Second Harvest currently provides food for
about 14,000 meals a day to children in after-school programs, seniors on
fixed incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, psychiatric patients, homeless
people, and many others who have fallen on hard times.

For further information:

For further information: Abby Robins, Communications Manager, Second
Harvest, (416) 408-2594 (office), (416) 315-5280 (cell), www.secondharvest.ca

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