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A Few Festive Ways to Support Canadians in Need

A Few Festive Ways to Support Canadians in Need
The holiday season is the quintessential time to think about ways to spread good cheer and help put food on the tables of those in need.  Supporting food banking is the perfect way to participate in the spirit of the season.  Here are some ways you can incorporate helping Canadians in need into your annual holiday traditions.

Raise Food
At your next holiday gathering with friends, family, or coworkers, consider asking them to bring a donation for your local food bank. It will add a charitable element to the festivities which will warm your guests’ hearts.
See what items are most needed and find the address of your local food bank to drop off the donation on our Support Your Local Food Bank page. To make things easy, Loblaw Companies stores are hosting a food drive between December 4th and the 24th.  Visit your local Loblaw banner store to make a donation of food or funds.
Raise Money
Consider organizing a holiday-themed fundraiser.  People love enjoying holiday themed goodies or purchasing unique home-made gifts, so you can organize a bake sale or craft sale. You can host a holiday dinner for your friends and family or lunch with your coworkers.  Ugly sweater competitions are always a big hit this time of year.
For additional information to help you get started, visit the Individual Giving section and click on the Host a Fundraiser tab.

Family Outing  
One of the ways to raise awareness, food and funds for food banking is the annual CP Holiday Train. The CP Holiday Train will be travelling through Canada and the U.S.  Gather your family and friends and plan to bring a healthy food donation or your loose change to the event.   Check out the Holiday Train schedule and enjoy a festive atmosphere and entertainment.
We know that this is a busy time of year, so a great way to extend your holiday season is to organize a group sort after the hustle and bustle has died down.  Local food banks will have their hands full sorting through all the donations collected during holiday food drives.  A group sort is a great way to spend time with your friends and family and at the same time give back to your community.  To find out more about volunteer opportunities in your area, contact your local food bank.

Gifts that Give Back
Bestseller/Jack Jones retailers will be asking for $2 donations at store registers, and in return you will receive a coupon redeemable from January 10th- February 14th 2016. This program will run from November 17th through January 10th.
Yo Sox will donate the equivalent of one meal for each pair of socks purchased.  Socks are a fashionable and fun holiday gift. Fill the plates of those in your community while warming the feet of your friends and family, by giving the gift of Yo Sox.
 Pampered Chef has offered two ways in which you can incorporate charitable giving into your holiday gift list.  For every limited edition bowl purchased, Pampered Chef will donate $2, or you can choose to round up your order to the nearest dollar or more and 100% of those proceeds will be given to a local food bank.

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)