North York Harvest Spring Food Drive 2015

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Fill More than an Empty Plate: The Hain Celestial Team joins the North York Harvest Food Bank for their Annual Spring Food Drive

Community Urged to Donate Food and Funds in Support of Northern Toronto Children and Families in the Area

March 13, 2015 – TORONTO, ON – We are excited to announce the start of the North York Harvest Food Bank’s annual Spring Food Drive, which runs from March 2, 2015 – April 10, 2015. Proudly sponsored by Hain Celestial Canada, the food drive aims to collect at least 100,000 lbs of healthy food and $100,000 to deliver to children and families in northern Toronto.

“As a member of the North York community, Hain Celestial Canada is proud to partner with North York Harvest Food Bank to bring healthy food to those in need,” said Beena Goldberg, President of Hain Celestial Canada. “In addition to annual food and monetary donations, the Hain Celestial team sponsor the Spring Food Drive, ensuring our neighbours have some extra help this spring and summer season.”

With record lows this winter, food issues have been on peoples mind but as temperatures rise we can’t forget that the need for food does not go away. Over the next few months our warehouse typically reaches record lows in food supplies and we struggle meeting the needs for food from our clients.

In Toronto, where up to 70 per cent of one’s household income can go towards paying rent, many families find they have little money left to spend on food.

“This Spring help us Fill More than an Empty Plate by donating food and funds to North York Harvest Food Bank, assuring that we can stock up for the summer months ahead when shelves are at their emptiest,” said Ryan Noble , Executive Director at North York Harvest. “Together we can share the joy of a healthy meal and make sure families have enough food all summer long.”

This year, North York Harvest Food Bank and Hain Celestial Canada are reaching out to the community to donate nutritious non-perishables, such as canned meat and fish, dried beans, cooking oils and whole grains. Additionally, the money raised will support pick up and distribution of this food to the 42 member agencies, with more than 13,000 individuals who rely on this food each month.

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WHAT: North York Harvest Food Bank Spring Food Drive, Proudly Sponsored by Hain Celestial – Public Volunteer Food Sort

WHEN: April 5th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHO: Ryan Noble, Executive Director at North York Harvest WHERE: North York Harvest, 640 Lawrence Ave. West.

About North York Harvest

North York Harvest is the primary food bank for northern Toronto, distributing over 2 million pounds of food last year through 60 neighbourhood programs. An independent, charitable organization, we envision a community where all members are able to meet their food needs. For more info, please visit:

About Hain Celestial

The Hain Celestial Group is a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India. Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands that include Europe’s Best®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Celestial Seasonings®, Earth’s Best®, Ella’s Kitchen®, Terra®, Sensible Portions®, MaraNatha®, Casbah®, Spectrum®, Dream®, The Greek Gods®, Imagine®, Tilda®, JASON®, Avalon Organics® and Alba Botanica®. Hain Celestial has been providing A Healthier Way of LifeTM since 1993.

Media Contact:

Michelle Vinokurov, Director of Development Office: 416-635-7771 ext.26 Cell: 416-738-4886

Sandro D’Ascanio, Vice President Marketing and R&D Office: 416-637-6107 Cell: 416-949-0996

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