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North york harvest Food bank calls on city to ‘dig deep’

With only two weeks left in this season’s food drive, a food bank in northern Toronto is falling short of its target of 75,000 pounds of food.

With only two weeks left in this season’s food drive, a food bank in northern Toronto is falling short of its target of 75,000 pounds of food.

“We’re calling on Torontonians to dig deep this fall,” said Anette Chawla, North York Harvest’s executive director. “At this point in the food drive, we’re short by about 3,000 pounds, compared to last fall — and the need is still there.”

The food bank covers one-third of the GTA and has distributed more than 100,000 bags of food to families and communities in 2010. The need remains at historically high levels – approximately 10 per cent higher compared to 2008.

One of Toronto’s largest food banks, North York Harvest provides food assistance and support to 60 programs, including neighbourhood food banks, pre- and post-natal programs, women’s shelters, community gardens and community kitchens. More than 90 per cent of its support comes from individuals, companies and community groups — and food drives are a critical part of fundraising.

 
 
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