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Torontonians urged to donate lunch money

Torontonians are being encouraged to paper bag-it Thursday and give the money they’d usually spend on lunch to Second Harvest.

The charity will be collecting donations at several TTC subway stations and is hosting events to raise cash for its 13th annual Lunch Money Day.

For a quarter of a century Second Harvest has been picking up donated perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to more than 200 social service agencies that feed the hungry. The group has been recognized for its high return to the community for dollars donated. MoneySense magazine recently gave it an “A”, calling it one of the most responsible charitable organizations in the country.

Second Harvest can turn the cost of one lunch — $10 — into 20 nutritious meals for people in need.

As part of the campaign Thursday a person will try to set the world record for the longest time spent inside a giant lunch bag at Yonge-Dundas Square. Second Harvest will also be hosting a “Feeding it Forward” lunch in the square between 11am and 2pm where you can grab bites prepared by chefs for $1 to $3.

A $5 lunch event is also being held at Calphalon Culinary Centre at King and Spadina between noon and 2pm Thursday.

You still have time to host your own Lunch Money Day event at your office or school. Click here for more details or call Alex Tindale at (416) 408-2594.