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Day 106: $10 provides 20 Meals to the Hungry

Today is day 5 of 10 GIVES that with a $10 donation can change the world.

We don’t often think about a need for food here in our own country. I am in a country (Mexico) right now where the living conditions and wealth are obviously very different than in Canada. People live very simply, without the luxuries and abundance we have back home. But there is still an ongoing, large need in Canada that seems to be endless. The goal of so many food relief programs is alleviate hunger but this is the impossible challenge with homelessness and poverty on the rise every year. There is one organization I highly regard as they help feed the hungry in Toronto in a unique way.

Day 106: Day 106

Over 3 million Canadians rely on food programs every year.
40% of those are children.
Roughly half of all Canadians live in fear of poverty, and 49 per cent polled believe they might be poverty stricken if they missed one or two pay cheques.

Staggering numbers for a country of such wealth and admiration of the rest of the world.

I volunteered for many years with an organization in Toronto that helps to feed some of those in need. I will always remember a visit I had at a local downtown public school. I volunteered to hand out breakfast to many of the children that arrived at the school one morning. I learned first hand what happens to children that come to school hungry because their parents were not able to feed them. Learning for this kids was next to impossible because they didn’t have the mental focus needed to learn because of their hungry.

Second Harvest is an organization that provides fresh meals to these children day after day, year after year along with thousands of other hungry people. It’s what makes them different than any food bank. They pick up and deliver fresh food every day. Last year they delivered over 5,000,000 pounds of fresh food. For every $1.00 donated they are able to provide 2 fresh meals. Easy enough math: $10.00 = 20 fresh meals.

That’s 20 hungry mouths 365give was able to provide for a very small donation. It hasn’t alleviated hunger but it certainly gives 20 hungry children breakfast one day.

Time Commitment: 5 minutes for an online donation

Cost: $10

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Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
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