More than 700 Toronto area apartment buildings set to participate in annual Spring Hope Food Drive

    Apartment building owners, residents play crucial role in food banks'
    collection goals as recession increases demand

    TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - Residents of more than 700 apartment buildings
will collect food for the Greater Toronto Apartment Association's (GTAA)
annual Spring Hope Food Drive on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 in support of
Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank, The Mississauga Food Bank and the North York
Harvest Food Bank. Last year's Spring Hope Food Drive, a door-to-door
collection effort in GTAA-member apartment buildings, yielded close to 164,000
pounds - just over 20 per cent of Daily Bread Food Bank's 2008 spring food
collection goal.
    "So much momentum has been built over the past 10 years, and the
tremendous success of last year's Drive underscored what can be accomplished
when small gestures on the part of many are made," said Brad Butt, President
and CEO, Greater Toronto Apartment Association. "With the increasing demands
being placed on food banks and a deepening recession, it is even more
important this year that our rental housing providers, staff and residents
band together and support our local food banks. If even just one or two items
could be donated by each of our residents, I know we could surpass last year's
collection amount."
    The GTAA's annual Spring Hope Food Drive is a demonstration of the
organization's continued commitment to combating hunger across the Greater
Toronto Area at a grassroots level. While Daily Bread Food Bank is the central
recipient of the generosity of building owners, staff and tenants throughout
the region, local food banks will also directly benefit from the Spring Hope
Food Drive. The food collected from apartment buildings in the Mississauga and
North York regions will go directly to support the clients of The Mississauga
Food Bank and the North York Harvest Food Bank.
    "Without the support of the apartment buildings in the Greater Toronto
Area in the spring, Daily Bread Food Bank would have trouble reaching our
collection goals," said Gail Nyberg, Executive Director, Daily Bread Food
Bank. "In these challenging economic times, more and more people are turning
to the services of food banks. Thirty-four per cent of our clients are
children; there are too many families unable to put enough food on the table.
The importance of community engagement cannot be understated and the Spring
Hope Food Drive is essential to ensuring that we can meet the increased demand
for our services."
    According to Daily Bread Food Bank, there was a 10 per cent increase in
food bank use in the last quarter of 2008. The most needed items include: cans
of soup or hearty stew, powdered, canned milk or Tetra Pak milk, peanut
butter, baby formula, canned fruits or vegetables, canned fish or meat, dried
pasta and tomato sauce, rice, lentils and beans and mac n' cheese.

    About the Greater Toronto Apartment Association

    The GTAA is a municipal association that represents close to 240
companies that own and operate more than 160,000 private apartment units in
the Greater Toronto Area. The Association advocates for residential property
owners and managers and provides a source of information, representation and
leadership in the rental housing industry.

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