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Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Annual Fern Food Drive: December 8 to December 18

Once again, the Fern Community is having a food drive at this time of year to support the Parkdale Community Food Bank. This food drive offers an opportunity for students to both discuss the need of food banks and to help by making a positive difference during this holiday and new year season.

Unfortunately, the use of food banks is on the rise again in 2015 in the GTA. The reasons for Food Bank use can vary widely from person to person and from family to family. The fact that people who use food banks use 75% of their money on housing leaves them with less than $6 per day for all other expenses. This can create a cycle of constant poverty. The need for Food Banks can also stem from other issues such as lost income, disability, being a new immigrant or becoming a single parent. The group that uses food banks which has grown the most in the GTA this year are seniors. As more people each year require Food Banks to improve their food security, the need for donations also rises.

Donations of non-perishable foods, such as canned goods, pasta, dried grains (ie. rice, beans, lentils) and baby food can be donated at school until December 18 and will be collected each morning by the Grade 3 students of Room 207.

Food items can also be donated at the Kindergarten Winter Concert on Dec.11 or at the Gr.1-4 Winter Concert on Dec.17.

Please do not donate peanut/nut products (such as peanut butter) to help keep all students with allergies safe at Fern. Cash donations are also welcome at the Parkdale Community Food Bank website at http://www.pcfb.ca/home/index.php .

Thank you very much for sharing on behalf of the many people who need and use the Parkdale Community Food Bank.