Torontonians asked to buy local and share local at Sorauren and Riverdale farmers' markets next week

    Market booth traveling across Ontario to accept donations of locally
    grown fruits and vegetables for local food bank

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is
taking a fresh approach to food drives at Sorauren and Riverdale Farmers'
Markets next week by asking neighbours in Toronto to buy and share fresh,
local food with their local food bank at the market.
    "The Buy Local Share Local program aims to provide the hundreds of
thousands of Ontarians who are forced to turn to food banks with fresh and
healthy foods grown locally by area farmers," said Adam Spence, Executive
Director of the OAFB. "We are facing tough times in Ontario, and food banks
are struggling to keep up with demand. We need all the help we can get."
    Buy Local Share Local is presented by RBC, with Chef Anna Olson as its
ambassador. On her Food Network show, "Fresh with Anna Olson," Anna invites
viewers into her Niagara-region home and creates unique meals using her mantra
"eat fresh, eat local." Toronto residents can support the campaign by sharing
in person this coming Monday at the Sorauren Farmers' Market and Tuesday at
Riverdale Farmers' Market dropping off their donation of fresh, local produce
directly at the OAFB Buy Local Share Local booth.
    "Food is about sharing," said Olson. "Buy Local Share Local gives us the
unique opportunity to share Ontario grown apples, corn, peaches, squash and so
much more with our local food bank and our neighbours facing hunger."
    The Buy Local Share Local tour is traveling to over 25 farmers' markets
in 15 different cities across Ontario between July and October. Buy Local
Share Local runs in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture
(OFA), Turkey Farmers of Ontario, Homegrown Ontario, and the Ontario Farm
Animal Council.

    WHO:      Adam Spence, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Food

    WHAT:     Buy Local Share Local

    WHERE:    Sorauren Farmers' Market (Sorauren Park at Sorauren Avenue and
              Wabash) and
              Riverdale Farmers' Market (Riverdale Park West, 201 Winchester

    WHEN:     Sorauren: Monday, August 17th 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
              Riverdale: Tuesday, August 18th 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    For more information about Buy Local Share Local, please visit

For further information:

For further information: To request an interview with Anna Olson or Adam
Spence, please contact: Jenelle Stevens, Pilot PMR on behalf of the Ontario
Association of Food Banks, Phone: (416) 462-0199 ext.32 - email:

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