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Which Not-for-Profit Food-Focused Organization Do You Support and Why?

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This is Gremolata's Discussion Topic of the Day for July 7, 2009.

Today, we are all about charitable giving and volunteering. With so many great food-focused organizations out there dedicated to helping others, we wanted to know which ones you support and why? Share your favorite not-for-profit focused on food and tell the world why you love them!
Post Reply By James in ETOBICOKE on 7/6/2009 10:03:10 PM

I think Foodshare does some great things in Toronto. I have been supporting them for years. Dealing with hunger is something we should all be supporting!
Post Reply By Georgina in WOODBRIDGE on 7/7/2009 9:53:43 AM

I have been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels as well as the Sharelife food programs for many years. I do like what I am reading about The Stop and their food programs as well. I think any organization that helps the needy not just with food, but good food, should be heavily subsidized by government. After all, it helps both the needy as well as supports local farmers.
Post Reply By Elizabeth in COLLINGWOOD on 7/7/2009 1:14:45 PM

There is so much great work being done to improve Torontonians access to tasty, nutritious food. I looks for those organizations that offer alternatives to the dominant production and distribution systems, invest in education, and focus on fresh food.
Post Reply By Paul in YORK on 7/7/2009 8:49:38 PM

For years I've been involved with Eat To The Beat, the annual fundraiser in Toronto for Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada. The event features over 60 female chefs - including our Celebrity SpokesChef, Anna Olson. All sorts of goodies are on offer, in addition to wonderful drinks, fantastic prizes & live music. This year's event takes place on Oct 6th at Roy Thomson Hall. To date ETTB has raised $2.7 million for Willow. You can learn more at www.eattothebeat.ca
Post Reply By christine in NORTH YORK on 7/13/2009 2:13:23 PM

Our family supports the (Georgian) Good Food Box program, one of about 35 across Canada that provides low cost (wholesale and farm gate pricing) high quality produce to area residents. The emphasis is on local produce as much as we can (local potatoes, apples, carrots and onions year round) with Ontario produce from Kent Essex in season, tomatoes, melons, lettuce, cucumbers, turnips, peaches, pears etc... Citrus products are imported.
About 50% of the 300 or so thirty-five pound boxes are purchased by families on fixed incomes, 35% by families who do not NEED our program's reduced prices, but many of whom DONATE a box for donation and 15 -20% are donated to families who have requested a box after hearing about us from their health unit care-giver, other medical sources and local agencies and churches. Bulk purchasing and fund-raising maintains the monthly program which is in its 64th month in August 2009. No staff costs, nor mileage make this all-volunteer program viable.
Post Reply By Mark in COLLINGWOOD on 8/17/2009 12:09:48 PM

Second Harvest is a not-for-profit food focused organization that picks up fresh excess foods that would of otherwise gone to waste and delivers it to about 250 social service agencies in the Greater Toronto Area. Unlike a food bank, we deal primarily with fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats and frozen foods to provide over 15,000 meals a day. Our recipients include community centres, shelters, breakfast programs, seniors on fixed incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, homeless people, drop in centres, psychiatric patients and thousands of others who have fallen on hard times. An astonishing 40% of our recipients are children. For more information about Second Harvest, visit www.secondharvest.ca or contact us at 416-408-2594 to find out how you can join us in our vision that no one need ever go hungry in the communities that we serve.
Post Reply By Jennifer in NORTH YORK on 8/19/2009 2:33:59 PM

Second Harvest is a not-for-profit food focused organization that picks up fresh excess foods that would of otherwise gone to waste and delivers it to about 250 social service agencies in the Greater Toronto Area. Unlike a food bank, we deal primarily with fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats and frozen foods to provide over 15,000 meals a day. Our recipients include community centres, shelters, breakfast programs, seniors on fixed incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, homeless people, drop in centres, psychiatric patients and thousands of others who have fallen on hard times. An astonishing 40% of our recipients are children. For more information about Second Harvest, visit www.secondharvest.ca or contact us at 416-408-2594 to find out how you can join us in our vision that no one need ever go hungry in the communities that we serve.
Post Reply By Jennifer in NORTH YORK on 8/19/2009 2:34:24 PM

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