Monday, April 4, 2011

Lunch Money

Bob Blumer and me at Lunch Money Day

A couple of months ago I was working downtown close to Yonge/Dundas Square when they had a lunch time event for Second Harvest at the Square.  Every year Second Harvest does an event called "Lunch Money Day" where they collect donations in subway stations for their programs.  They had 2 locations that they had set up to serve food from local restaurants to collect money for the day and one was at Yonge and Dundas and the other at Union Station.   I went to the first one at Yonge and Dundas during my lunch and for less than $10 which is what most take out lunches in the area would cost I got some hot chili, some fresh soup and some skewered fruit and marshmallows covered in melted chocolate.. yeah that was my favourite part.   But what was also great about the event is what Second Harvest does with the money they collect at these events and at the various subway stations.  Second Harvest is a great charity that has one of the highest returns on donate money.  They provide breakfast programs to kids in schools and to seniors and many other people that are in need of nutritious food.   There are a lot of great restaurants in the city that are donor partners to Second Harvest.  They have great relationships with celebrity chefs and one of them was on hand at Yonge and Dundas and at Union Station to support the Lunch Money Day Event.  

If you don't recognize him in this photo it's Bob Blumer the host of Glutton for Punishment.  I was able to meet him and have a quick chat with him while contributing to a good cause.

One of Second Harvest's other great events they do yearly is "Toronto Taste" a huge event that has local restaurants supplying great food for a great taste of the best restaurants in Toronto.   I have attended 2 Toronto Taste events, once as a Volunteer and once as Media while doing an article for B Magazine the local magazine I write a monthly events listing column and the odd editorial for.   I can tell you that I enjoyed being media at the show and being able to go around and take photos of the amazing dishes some of the greatest chefs in Toronto had provided.

Chef Higgins at Toronto Taste
Second Harvest is a charity I like to support because I feel that everyone has a right to eat good and healthy food and it gives foodies like me a great event to enjoy great food while helping other people that aren't as fortunate to be able to get basic nutritional needs met to give them a better chance to learn and stay healthy.

If you would like to Volunteer, Donate or attend Second Harvest events please check them out here:

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great event! Too bad I missed it. Maybe next time. I'd love to have seen photos of the fruit kabob you describe in your post. Bob Blumer seems like a nice guy too!


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