With just three weeks to go, North York Harvest Food Bank (NYHFB) has reached a third of its goal for the Winter Food Drive.
To date, 85,000 pounds of food has been donated, along with $85,000, said communications manager Juneeja Varghese.
This year’s goal is to collect 240,000 pounds of food and $240,000.
“The increase in need reflects ongoing, systemic issues,” Anette Chawla, executive director of NYHFB, previously said in a release. “
Many of our clients face unemployment, or part-time and contract work, and struggle to meet the high cost of living in Toronto.” The food bank is facing a 19 per cent increase in demand, which closely reflects post-recession levels of 2008.
NYHFB is the primary food bank in northern Toronto, distributing 1.6 million pounds of food in 2011 to 60 community programs.
The food bank’s catchment area is bounded by Steeles Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue, St. Clair Avenue/Eglinton Avenue and Hwy. 27.
The Winter Food Drive kicked off Nov. 29 and will end Jan. 7.
For a list of suggested food donations, visit www.northyorkharvest.com/donate-food