Coming Soon in Toronto: All Vegetarian Food Bank
Bringing healthy, eco-conscious, cruelty-free food to those in need. That’s the mission behind an all-vegetarian food bank, slated to open in January 2015 in Toronto, Canada.
Food Banks Canada reported last month that Canadian food bank use is still 25% higher now than it was after the 2008 recession. Food banks are also in short supply (or not able to store) fresh produce. This leaves those in need without the fresh fruits and veggies that everyone needs to be healthy. Acknowledging that 10-15% of the North American population identifies as vegetarian or vegan and that limited produce supply leaves them behind, the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank aims to change that. Not only will their food offerings be completely vegetarian and vegan, but 50% will be fresh produce.
“As more vegetarians and vegans start using our food bank there will be less of a strain on the fresh foods and resources at other food banks; and we will be giving our perishable leftovers to our amazing partners at the Yonge Street Mission food bank, so that nothing goes to waste,” explained Matt Noble, the man behind the project.
Naturally, this dream needs support. The IndieGogo campaign for the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank has a fundraising goal of $10,000. With a physical location secured and volunteers at the ready, the money will go directly toward acquiring the food that will help those in need.
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