With just three weeks to go, North York Harvest Food Bank (NYHFB) has yet to reach the half way mark of its goal for the Winter Food Drive.
To date, 95,000 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.
“We are urging Torontonians to help ensure their neighbours have nutritious food this holiday season,” Anette Chawla, NYHFB’s executive director, said in a release. “With 95,000 pounds donated until now, there is a definite concern over the low figure of food donations.”
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, 2013.
For a list of suggested food donations visit www.northyorkharvest.com/donate-food