Second Harvest needs your lunch money

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Thousands of people will donate their lunch
money on Thursday, February 21st, in an effort to raise $380,000 for Second
Harvest. The money raised will keep Second Harvest's seven refrigerated trucks
on the road, delivering fresh donated food to those in need in the G.T.A.

    There are many ways to donate:

    -   Look for volunteers at subways stations from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
        on Thursday, February 21st
    -   Donate on-line at
    -   Call Second Harvest at 416-408-2594
    -   Join the thousands of students and employees who are running
        campaigns at their school or office
    -   Buy a Turkey/Havarti sandwich at Starbucks; $1 from every sale is
        donated to Second Harvest
    -   Have lunch at the Calphalon Culinary Center (425 King Street West)
        from noon until 2:00 p.m. All the money raised will be donated to
        Second Harvest

    "Turning from your wallet to your own fridge for one day is easy for many
and tremendously helpful for thousands across Toronto," said Brad Offman,
President of Mackenzie Financial Charitable Foundation, and Presenting Sponsor
of Lunch Money Day for the second consecutive year. "Second Harvest finds
creative ways to turn $5 into meals for 10 people. We are truly honoured to be
working with one of our community's most innovative charitable organizations."
    Presenting Sponsor for Lunch Money Day is Mackenzie Financial Charitable
Foundation. Supporting Sponsors are Rogers, Biovail, Maple Leaf Foods, McCain,
and Swanson Dinners. Media and in-kind Sponsors are Citytv, Metagraphic
Network, Outdoor Broadcast Network, Purolator, and Starbucks.

    Every day, Second Harvest picks up fresh food (that would otherwise go to
waste) and delivers that food to 250 social service programs in Toronto.
Second Harvest currently provides food for about 14,000 meals a day to
children in breakfast 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 (work), (416) 315-5280 (cell),,

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