Blue Box Food Drive kicks off Hunger Awareness Week

Saturday, May 04, 2013   by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay Food Bank
News Release


This year’s Blue Box Food Drive, held on Saturday, May 4th, was a success, with food donations of approximately 5580 pounds!

Once again, the North Bay Food Bank teamed up with Miller Waste to collect food donations from the North Bay area.

The day was a success thanks to the record number of volunteers, trucks, drivers and students who participated in picking up the curbside donations.

The Board of Directors, and the clients of the North Bay Food Bank wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to our community neighbours for their generous donation!

May 6-10 marks this year’s Hunger Awareness Week, a week-long initiative that challenges Canadians learn more about the issue of hunger and to take action.

Nearly 900,000 Canadians will visit a food bank for assistance this month alone. Of those, 38 % are children.

Here in North Bay, the rise in need continues, with more than 1400 individuals being assisted this past April.

All across the country, Canadians are being encouraged to Give It Up for Hunger during Hunger Awareness Week- participation is especially important for North Bay.
What does ‘giving it up’ really mean? It’s as easy as three simple steps:

Give It Up – Close to 900,000 Canadians have had to rely on food banks this past month. On May 8th, we’re asking Canadians to understand what it’s like to have food out of reach by fasting for a day and giving up breakfast, lunch and dinner

Give a Shout - Share your experience by going online to show your support via Facebook, Twitter, or a blog.

Give It Out - Donate food, funds or your time to your local food bank.

Together, Canadians can make an impact on the solvable issue of hunger in Canada and find solutions to hunger in communities across Canada.

For more information on Hunger Awareness Week visit

The North Bay food bank is located at 1319 Hammond Street in North Bay and is open to serve clients Mondays and Fridays from 9am until 2pm, and Wednesdays from 4pm until 7pm.

For more information, call the North Bay Food Bank at 705-495-3290.

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