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Gearing up for the holiday season: a few ways to support Canadians in need

Gearing up for the holiday season: a few 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 2nd 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. 

For recipe ideas, check out the Twitter hashtag #recipesthatgive. And, as an added bonus, share your favourite holiday recipes on your social feed using #recipesthatgive and PepsiCo Foods Canada, with its Quaker® brand will donate $10.00 to Food Banks Canada for each recipe shared, to a maximum of $30,000. 
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.

You’ll need to refuel while you’re out and about.  New this year, on National Sandwich Day SUBWAY® Restaurants will help raise money for food banks right in time for the Holidays.  On Thursday, November 3rd, purchase any sandwich and any drink and receive a second sandwich of equal or lesser price FREE, plus SUBWAY® will donate a meal to Food Banks Canada.  It’s a win, win, win.
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
Pampered Chef has offered two ways in which you can incorporate charitable giving into your holiday gift list.  For every exclusive Emoji Cookie Cutter Set purchased, Pampered Chef will donate $1;  the Emoji Cookie Cutter Set is the cutest way ever to get kids cooking. 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.

And to put a bow on your gift purchases, you’ll need something to wrap them in.  If you purchase your gift boxes from American Eagle Outfitters, they’ll donate a meal for every box purchased.

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