Upper Canada College Prep student Sam McIntosh showed both initiative and compassion when he organized a five-kilometre run that raised more than $800 for The Stop Community Food Centre.
While McIntosh’s mother, Alison Lovell, has a longtime connection to the Toronto non-profit organization, the boy came up with the idea on his own.
“When I visited The Stop, I learned that a lot of families in our city are hungry — even in my neighbourhood,” says McIntosh.
“I also learned that a lot can be done to help. Even a 10-year-old kid like me can make a difference.”
McIntosh plans to organize the event again later this year. The goal is to attract more runners and raise more money for the cause.
The Stop was founded in 1982. It strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality.
The Stop’s programs: provide access to healthy food; build skills, health, hope and community; and confront the underlying issues that lead to poverty and hunger. It offers: drop-in meals; a food bank; community kitchens and gardens; perinatal and family support; civic engagement; and child and youth engagement.