TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - In light of Goodwill's store closures this week, Second Harvest, in partnership with Canadian Airport Workers Union (CAWU), is stepping in to deliver food packages containing fresh, frozen and shelf-stable food to 400 Goodwill employees.
After hearing the news less than a week ago that Goodwill laid off more than 400 employees, Second Harvest recognized an urgent need to help the workers and sourced extra food.
Tomorrow, on Saturday, January 23, two Second Harvest trucks will deliver 400 food packages to CAWU members at 15 Goodwill locations across Southern Ontario, including Brampton, Newmarket, Orillia, Barrie Toronto and Mississauga. Each package contains approximately 50 pounds of food, made up of fresh produce (carrots, peppers, cucumbers, apples, lettuce), frozen food (frozen meat, prepared meals), dairy and shelf-stable products (flour, rice, soup, pasta).
"It's the right thing to do," says Debra Lawson, Executive Director, Second Harvest. "The need is obvious: workers will be wondering where their next meal is coming from. This is what we do, every day. We feed people experiencing hunger."
Saturday, January 23, 2016
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
350 Progress Ave, Toronto, M1P 2Z4 (401 & Brimley Rd)
About Second Harvest
Established in 1985, Second Harvest is the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Second Harvest rescues fresh, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste, and delivers that food to more than 220 social service agencies in Toronto, feeding people experiencing hunger. Since 1985 Second Harvest has rescued and delivered over 100 million pounds of good food, thus preventing 50 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Second Harvest's vision: No Waste. No Hunger. For more information, visit secondharvest.ca.
SOURCE Second Harvest
For further information: Media inquiries, contact: Cori MacPhee, Director of Communications, Second Harvest, 416.625-6774 or [email protected]