Prep students and families collected 3,390 pounds of food in the fifth annual We Scare Hunger food drive for the Daily Bread Food Bank from Oct. 26 to 30.
“Community service leaders shared information about hunger in Toronto through a slideshow presentation in their forms, and then the competition was on,” says coordinator of health and life skills Jill Stewart. “The Primary and Middle forms collecting the most non-perishable items would win a pizza party.”
Forms 4F and 7C’s efforts will earn them a pizza feast, but boys in other classes also chipped in to collect and donate as much food as possible.
A Daily Bread Food Bank truck dropped by the College on Nov. 2 to pick up all of the gathered food, and fingers were crossed that the total would reach 3,500 pounds so that the Prep could earn a casual dress day. The weight was revealed the next day and, while it came up a bit short of the goal, the drive was a valiant effort that will provide needed nutrition to those in need.
The Daily Bread Food Bank’s “Who’s Hungry 2015” annual report shows that annual client visit numbers in Toronto have risen by 12 per cent to 896,900 since 2008, while visits to its member agencies increased by four per cent to 716,000. Thirty-two per cent of food bank recipients are children, and the average length of time for using a food bank has doubled from one to two years since 2008.