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It’s Thanksgiving weekend! I hope you are all looking forward to enjoying time and a nice meal with all of your families.
As I think about the abundance of delicious food that will be set at my table, I also am confronted with a troubling thought. Many families in our very own community will not have the luxury to sit down to a large dinner with their loved ones. Many won’t even have enough food to fill their bellies.
It’s a tough thing to think about. Thanksgiving is the time of year when we celebrate and are thankful for what we have and the food at our table. But it’s hard for someone to be thankful when they don’t have enough food to eat.
That is where YOU come in! Because of the incredible support from caring people like you, many of our neighbours are able to access nutritious food to feed their families.
As the weather gets colder and we get ready for Thanksgiving, the NYH Annual Fall Food Drive to raise $100,000 and 100,000 pounds of food to provide 300,000 meals for our neighbours in need is in full swing. Your support will make an amazing difference in the lives of so many families in Toronto. Just $1 can provide 3 meals. Your small act of kindness today will make a lot of parents and children nourished and happy. Will you consider helping us reach this goal?
What can you do?
Get involved and run a Food & Fund Drive! It’s so easy to sign up and put together a food drive with your family, coworkers, school, clubs or friends! Check out this really fun list of ideas to get started.
If you don’t have time to set up a food & fund drive yourself, donate online or make a food donation at local grocery stores and fire halls. For a list of where you can donate groceries, please click here.
Not sure what kind of items to donate? Here’s a handy list of food items that are in high demand, especially around this time of year.
The top 5 needed items are:
- Baby Food
- Canned fish
- Canned chickpeas and other beans
- Cooking oil (personal sized bottles)
If you are digging through your pantry to find items to donate, be sure that they are not expired. Items that are past the best before date are accepted. For more information on expiry and best before dates, check out our blog post.
You can make a difference in the lives of 13,000 parents, children and grandparents that rely on food banks every month. It is because of generous people like you that we can make hunger in Canada a thing of the past.
Let’s make this Thanksgiving a holiday that everyone can be thankful for.