Tag Archive: school

  1. Hunger Free Summer

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    Summer is fast approaching!

    Kids are looking forward to fun in the sun and no school!  So happy and carefree.

    But those days are not so carefree for many parents and caregivers in our community struggling to make ends meet with the added stress of finding childcare.  You see, the end of school means the end of  a safe space for their children to go while working to keep a roof over their heads.

    The end of the school year also means an end to school breakfast, lunch and snack programs that many parents in your community rely on so much to ensure their kids don’t go without something to eat.

    But there are summer programs that are offered free to low income families made possible through your generous support of North York Harvest!  Fun and supervised activities with belly filling food included, so that parents don’t have to worry and that kids can be kids!

    Programs like the Boys & Girls Club offer free summer day camps – complete with healthy and nutritious meals to keep them fueled for busy days of fun in the sun!  Your support also provides lunches for girls in the Lady Baller’s Club, a summer sports program for young girls in the community, prenatal programs, youth shelters and so much more!

    Summer will be a little easier in your neighbourhood because of  your incredible support! The demand for food and programs for young people increases as the school bell lets kids out for the summer – but your support makes a difference all year long!

    Ensure a hunger free summer for thousands in our city that rely on our services.  As the need for summer meals increases — you can make a difference.

    Please give generously to help kids be kids every day of the year!

    Photo Credits: Free Bird Photography


  2. Isha’s Story

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    This is Isha’s story.  But it is a story familiar to so many people in northern Toronto.

    Isha lives with her 2 siblings, mom and grandma in public housing in northern Toronto.  Her mom works several jobs and her grandma is elderly and struggles with failing health.  Isha often has to take care of the meals for her family.

    “Mom works a lot so I help by cooking and getting food for school ready but by the end of the week the fridge is usually empty.”

    Often skipping lunch so her two younger siblings have enough to eat she is grateful for the afterschool program that she can attend.  “They get some good food for us and on Wednesdays we cook a whole meal together and I can take leftovers homeUsually it’s only a day or 2 until mom can buy more groceries. But when it’s longer, we can go to the program and get some extra food to help us get through. I’m not sure what my family and I would do without this help,” she shares. “It’s not just the food, its knowing there is someone in our community we can trust, someone who will be there for us.

    This is the impact that you have.  When you donate to North York Harvest Food Bank, we make sure there is enough food for the people who need it most.

    Help people just like Isha by making a gift today!

    **Isha’s name has been changed by her request