The Value of Volunteering

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Kathy and her two young sons, Matthew & Christian, are regular volunteers with North York Harvest Food Bank.  Here’s what volunteering with us means to her:

“We love volunteering at the food bank.  Everyone is so positive and friendly.  There are smiles on everyone’s faces from when you are greeted at the reception person at the front to NYH staff.  I can’t say enough about how lucky we are to have met you guys. 

The boys have gained so much from having participated. From a parent’s perspective I cannot stress how important this experience has been for us.  The boys have met so many interesting people from all parts of the city.  We were able to work with some school groups that just touched our hearts. 

One morning at the end of a food sort with the school group and their teachers, we actually had a group hug and cheer.  When walking out to the car Christian said, “Mommy, you don’t get to see that every day!”  Matthew laughed in agreement and said that he had tears in his eyes and didn’t even know why. 

For me, all the adults, whether volunteering themselves or working at the food bank, treat Matthew and Christian not like little kids but as people.  My guys walk away every time with a sense of confidence and pride for what they have accomplished.

Whenever we pass by a North York Harvest Food Bank donation box in a store we feel good.  And … we try to move the cereal boxes to the side so they don’t get crushed by all the cans.”

If you would like to join our team of incredible volunteers, please contact Lisa at 416-635-7771 x 29 or email

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