RBC Foundation supporting Second Harvest

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - With a goal to ensure that children throughout
Toronto regularly receive fresh, wholesome food, despite their families'
economic challenges, the RBC Foundation has generously donated $20,000 to
Second Harvest.
    Second Harvest's Executive Director, Zoe Cormack Jones, is thrilled with
the donation. "Every dollar we raise is enough to provide 3 meals, so with the
generosity of the RBC Foundation, we can ensure that nutritious food for about
60,000 meals will be delivered to those most in need."
    Second Harvest is a charity which picks up donated fresh food and
delivers it to social service programs throughout the Greater Toronto Area. An
astonishing 40% of its recipients are children and youth. This non-profit
organization provides food to high-need after-school and summer programs. The
benefit of delivering food to these programs is two-fold: children benefit
directly from the food delivered; and the programs can divert limited
resources to other areas, enriching the quality of the program for the
    In an effort to see their dollars at work, Jennifer Tory, Regional
President, Greater Toronto Region, and Stephen Voisin, Executive Director, RBC
Foundation will be riding on one of the Second Harvest trucks on Monday,
June 18th, delivering food to some of the 240 social service programs that
Second Harvest serves.
    "Every day next week, RBC will be celebrating our commitment to help make
the community a better place in which to work and live," said Tory. "I am very
excited to be participating in Monday's Second Harvest food delivery to local
after-school programs."

    Every day, Second Harvest picks up donated, high-quality fresh food,
which would otherwise go to waste, and delivers that food to social service
programs in Toronto. Second Harvest currently provides food for about 13,000
meals a day to children in breakfast programs, seniors on fixed incomes, women
fleeing domestic abuse, people with mental illness, 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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