Media Release: Feed Tomorrow Week October 17-21
TO ALL ASSIGNMENT EDITORS/EDUCATION EDITORS
For Immediate Release
Feed Tomorrow Week: Students and Chefs Raise Awareness about Child Hunger
TORONTO, October 17, 2016 – One out of three children here in Toronto lives in poverty and over 175,000 students rely on breakfast, snacks, or lunch served at 825 school-based nutrition programs to make it through the school day. The Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS), the independent charitable organization of the TDSB, will be hosting a week of events dedicated to feeding Toronto’s hungry students and nourishing hungry minds.
The City of Toronto has proclaimed October 17 - 21 the 12th annual Feed Tomorrow week, five days that will see student volunteers, educators, supporters, politicians, and public figures raising awareness and collecting pledges to help feed Toronto’s hungry students. During this week communities across Toronto will come together in support of our children.
“It’s simple – hungry kids can’t learn,” said TFSS Chair Alice Eastman. “There are young people coming to school who have eaten nothing the evening before. We need the support of the Toronto community to be able to provide much needed nutrition programs for the students who need them.”
Monday, October 17 –Dinner for 2 = Breakfast for 100 fundraiser. On October 17, tickets will go on sale for gourmet dinners for two at some of the best restaurants in Toronto. Buca, Café Belong and Lee are three of the wonderful restaurants participating in this initiative. Each dinner for two costs $136 and makes sure that 100 students have breakfast. Visit http://tfss.ca/feed-tomorrow/dinner-for-2--breakfast-for-100 on Monday, October 17, starting at 10:00 a.m. to buy your dinner and nourish our children.
Tuesday, October 18 – ACE Bakery Student Snack Down, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Rockcliffe Middle School, 400 Rockcliffe Boulevard, Toronto
As part of their staff-led fundraising initiative, ACE Bakery staff will deliver 6-foot baguettes to all 18 beyond 3:30 after-school program sites across the city and work with our Junior Chefs to prepare amazing creations which will be enjoyed by all during snack time. Rockcliffe Middle School is Snack Down Central.
Wednesday, October 19 – Nutrition Program Bus Tour followed by a VIP Reception, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Bus leaves at 8:00 a.m. from St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front Street East
VIPs, passionate about food and child nutrition, will travel “student style” to Rose Avenue JPS and Brock PS to see Student Nutrition Programs in action. At 9:00 a.m. at Rose Ave JPS The Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism will address the group highlighting the importance of student nutrition programs. Following the bus tour, guests will arrive at a reception at St. Lawrence Market Kitchen with food provided by St. Lawrence Market Merchants.
Rose Avenue Junior Public School, 675 Ontario Street - 8:20 a.m., Brock Public School, 93 Margueretta Street – 10:15 a.m., VIP Reception, St. Lawrence Market Kitchen – 12 p.m.
Thursday, October 20 – TTC Take over Days, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., St. Patrick Station. Enthusiastic secondary student volunteers will “take over” subway stations across Toronto to inform commuters about student hunger and fill donation tins for nutrition and food-related programs. Media opportunities are available at St. Patrick Station.
Friday, October 21 – Wrap Up with Rice Competition, 10:15 – 12:00 p.m. President’s Choice Cooking School located at the Loblaws® store at Maple Leaf Gardens*, 60 Carleton Street, 2nd floor. *Reg’d TM. Lic’d use.
Three teams of beyond 3:30 after-school program students will “wrap up” feed tomorrow by competing in a culinary challenge sponsored by USA Rice. Students began preparation for the competition in September, as teams of Junior Chefs from 18 beyond 3:30 sites put their creative skills to work cooking as well as developing video and PowerPoint presentations. The finalists will cook for a panel of esteemed judges, including chefs, “foodies” and media. The winning team will get a cash donation for their nutrition program and bragging rights for their school.
“Feed Tomorrow is a significant event and we all need to be involved,” said TFSS Executive Director, Catherine Parsonage. “It provides an opportunity for all of us to get out in our communities and help raise awareness about child hunger.”
With the support of students, educators, local communities, and businesses, feed tomorrow brings us “one step closer” to making sure that no child starts the school day hungry.
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Deborah Hume Cutajar,
Comm. & Development Officer
Toronto Foundation for Student Success
Catherine Parsonage, Executive Director & CEO
Toronto Foundation for Student Success