Climbing a mountain to fight food insecurity

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Climbing a mountain to fight food insecurity

Would you hike up a mountain 15 times in support of North York Harvest?

It’s a big ask, but that’s exactly what our new Board Chair Christine Farrugia accomplished recently!

A woman wearing sunglasses and a hat cheers as she ascends the Sun Valley mountain in Idaho.

She joined the 29029 Everesting endurance hiking event on June 7-8 to challenge herself and support her community. With her friends, she ascended Sun Valley in Idaho 15 times over 32.5 hours (with breaks for sleep and eating).

“It was great that I could do this challenge for myself, while also making it about community and giving back to North York Harvest,” she says.

Christine not only completed this hiking challenge, she also exceeded her fundraising goal for a total of $5,660!

Since joining the Board of Directors in 2020, Christine has become acutely aware of the growing need in our community.

“What I’ve been telling my friends and coworkers, because I think a lot of people don’t realize, is 1 in 10 people in Toronto accessed a food bank last year” she says. “The need for food banks is higher than ever.”

Whether it’s through joining NYH’s Coldest Night of the Year fundraising event, bringing her colleagues in to volunteer or getting her children involved in food drives, Christine has spent her time on the Board raising awareness of food insecurity and encouraging everyone to act.

Now as Board Chair, Christine says she’s looking forward to helping to shape the future strategy of North York Harvest and help meet the food needs of our community today while working toward long-term solutions to end food insecurity in our city.

A woman hikes up a grassy mountain among trees and sunshine.

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