Second Harvest falling short of goal

    TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - After the first weekend of Second Harvest's
annual turkey drive, Executive Director Zoe Cormack Jones is concerned that
the charity will fall short of its goal of 5,000 turkeys.
    "This is the fifth year for the turkey drive, and every year, we get more
requests from the agencies that need our food. We've got our fingers crossed
that the public will come through generously on the second weekend. This
weekend we collected 1,716 turkeys, which isn't even half of what we need."
    Second Harvest volunteers will be collecting turkeys at Loblaws on
December 15th and 16th at:

    Queens Quay Market
    Bayview and Moore
    Leslie & Lakeshore
    Victoria Park & Gerrard
    Yonge Street & Yonge Blvd.

    Second Harvest will then deliver the turkeys to hundreds of social
service agencies around the G.T.A. Some of the agencies will provide communal
Christmas dinners; some will give the turkeys to families who can't otherwise
afford a Christmas dinner.
    If the public wants to make a donation which will support the turkey
drive, they can call Second Harvest at 416-408-2594 or go on-line at

    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: Joanna Matthews, Communications Coordinator,
Second Harvest, (416) 408-2594 (office), (416) 277-3064 (cell),

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