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Second Harvest Wants Your Lunch Money

Hey, hand over your lunch money.

This time, it’s not the school bully talking – it’s Second Harvest.

The charity is asking Toronto to take what they would normally spend on a weekday meal and donate it to their organization.

For every $5 raised, Second Harvest can provide enough fresh food for 10 nutritious meals.  

But it’s not a food bank.

Instead, Second Harvest picks up perishable food from restaurants and businesses and delivers it to social service agencies across the city.

They’ve been doing it for 25 years, and their efforts have earned them recognition from Charity Intelligence Canada and MoneySense magazine, who called Second Harvest one of the most responsible charitable groups in Canada.

The 13th annual Lunch Money Day campaign kicked off this week and the event will take place on Thursday, February 17. This year, the organization hopes to raise $330,000.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Hold a bake sale
  • Host a dress down day and have participants make a donation for the opportunity to wear casual clothes
  • Host a sponsored lunch, i.e. pizza party, potluck, and have participants make a donation to partake in the meal
  • Sell Lunch Money Day raffle tickets
  • Host a Wii Tournament with a set entrance fee  

You can even track your fundraising efforts online

Or visit the website to make an online donation.