Finding Ways to Help – Donating Food During the COVID-19 Crisis

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We recognize that being a good neighbour and helping others in this difficult time is extremely important, and today we have positive news to share about how we were able to help those who are the most vulnerable in our city.

As a result of the COVID-19 global health crisis, events at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre have been postponed or cancelled. Our centre is navigating these unprecedented times alongside our city, and our focus remains on the well-being and safety of visitors, staff and of course the greater  community.

Our team quickly began to think about how we can help. To support those in Toronto who are currently struggling with food insecurity, MTCC employees recently worked together to donate food surplus to local shelters and charitable organizations.

These food items were from cancelled or postponed events and included things like milk, potatoes, salad, vegetables, pastries and fruits. They went directly to our local charity partners at Margaret’s Housing, Good Shepherd, The Scott Mission and organizations who help people with disabilities who have to stay home.

This initiative resulted in the donation of approximately 1,500 meals. Our largest donations were to Margaret’s House (500+ meals) an organization that provides inclusive supportive housing to the most vulnerable women and men in our community, and The Scott Mission (300+ meals), an organization that provides help and food for the poor, homeless, and vulnerable of all ages.

“This donation would not have been possible without the dedication of our staff who worked diligently to prepare food items for delivery. This initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to donate left over food from events that support our community,” said Lorenz Hassenstein, President & CEO at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “In times likes these, playing our part and helping those in need is essential.”

To date, the MTCC has donated over 340,000 meals to local food rescue organizations, including the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) Student Nutrition Program and the Daily Bread Food Bank. We also donate leftover items, from furniture to delegate bags, to local charities across Toronto that are in need of community support services, like Habitat for Humanity and Margaret’s Housing.


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