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OVFB Newsletter: January 2011

It is the beginning of a new year for us at the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank and we have been really busy.

To kick start the New Year, we hosted a wonderful New Year’s Eve lunch at our location in Scarborough. Loving Hut International, which is a chain of fantastic vegan restaurants, provided a vegan lunch including dessert for over 100 people. The food was so delicious that we all kept coming back for more!

Speaking of great vegan cooking, for those who want to get a job in the food industry, you can now take the Food Handler Certificate program at the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank. We are providing this program in partnership with Toronto Public Health and began this program shortly before Christmas. We already have a few graduates!

We are also working in partnership with Toronto Community Housing. Each month, Housing Support Workers come to our Scarborough location to conduct workshops and provide advocacy for those who are trying to obtain stable housing.

Alongside these programs, we are still dedicated to educating the public about vegetarianism. At both of our locations, we distribute literature from the Toronto Vegetarian Association and answer many, many questions. We want everyone to know that being a vegetarian is not as difficult as it may seem and, in fact, can be fun!

The need for our services is increasing, however. At our locations in Scarborough and North York, the number of clients has increased by 10%. In fact, we are focusing on extending our services outside of Ontario. We received approval from the Federal Government to expand our services across Canada. But we need the public’s support now more than ever. We do not receive any government funding and rely on the generosity of the public. If you would like to make a monetary donation, donate food or your time, please give us a call.

There’s a lot more to tell you, but we’ll save it for the next update.

Until next time, Happy 2011!

Jessica Smith
Executive Volunteer Coordinator
Policy Enforcement Officer
Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank
www.vegfoodbank.ca
416-744-HELP (4357)

Past Newsletters:

2011 Archives: January Issue | February Issue | March 2011 | April Issue

 

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