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    MEDIA PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Heroes Against Hunger Public Volunteer Sort
    DATE: April 2, 2017

    10am-12pm (The Honourable Ahmed Hussen & York Lions Club)

    1pm-3pm (Superhero Sort with Northern Belle Rogue & cast of The Sean Ward Show)

    LOCATION: North York Harvest warehouse, 116 Industry Street, Toronto, ON M6M 4L8

    TORONTO, ON – It’s a day full of heroes at North York Harvest Food Bank! We will be sorting food all day with families, friends, superheroes and local heroes, all in support of our work providing food assistance for thousands of people in our community.

    “We tend to see fewer donations during the summer, so a successful Spring Food Drive is crucial in meeting the food needs of our community,” says Ryan Noble, Executive Director, North York Harvest Food Bank, “Donations ensure that we are able to provide nutritious food for our neighbours struggling to put enough food on the table.”

    In the morning sort session (10am-12pm) we have local heroes from the York Lions Club, the sponsor of the 2017 Spring Food Drive. “With rent, food and utilities costs rising, the average family within our community is feeling pressured between paying the bills or paying for food,” says Mike Stacey, Treasurer, York Lions Club, “We have chosen to give back and serve our community by supporting the work of North York Harvest Food Bank.”

    The Honourable Ahmed Hussen (Member of Parliament York-South Weston) will be kicking off the event by speaking to the public.

    The afternoon sorting session (1pm-3pm) will be featuring superhero friends such as Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and more! Together we will all fight our greatest foe – hunger.

    “I have always been in awe of the reactions we get while in costume, and so I have focused on harnessing that attention towards a myriad of causes over the years,” says Northern Belle Rogue (Wonder Woman). “I cannot wait for the Food Sort and our Northern Panic Cosplay Clean Up & Food Drive on April 22nd which will also support NYHFB.”

    North York Harvest Food Bank is reaching out to its community to raise 100,000 lbs of healthy food and $100,000 during its annual Spring Food Drive. The drive runs from March 6 to April 30, with all food and funds distributed to its 47 member agencies serving 15,000 people each month.

    North York Harvest Food Bank is asking its neighbours, local businesses, schools, and community members to donate nutritious non-perishables such as fish, dried beans, canned tomatoes, cooking oils, and rice. Financial donations allow us to purchase and distribute this food to its 47 member agencies.

    For more details on the Spring Food Drive and what to give, please visit:

    Spring Food Drive

    Top Foods to Donate

    North York Harvest is the primary food bank for northern Toronto, distributing over 2.3 million pounds of food last year through 77 neighbourhood programs. An independent, charitable organization, we envision a community where all members are able to meet their food needs. 

    York Lions Club

    Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief – to serve their community. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas. http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/yorkon/

    Northern Belle Rogue

    A story teller at heart, costume-play (cosplay) is one of Rogue’s favourite avenues of art. Cosplay is a chance for Rogue to amalgamate her acting, modelling, costuming and story-telling talents. In addition to being a cosplayer in her own right she is a regular writer and cast member of The Sean Ward Show, an ASL-English Interpreter and a frequent contributor to Geek X Girls as both a model and a writer. www.northernbellerogue.com/

    Media Contact:

    Ryan Noble
    Executive Director
    North York Harvest Food Bank
    Tel: 416-635-7771 ext. 24
    Cell: 647-677-3611