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04 May, 2015

Can we work together to make #EveryPlateFull ?

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Yaktivism


It is estimated that this summer, 918,724 Canadians will rely on food banks to provide over 26 million plates of food. The sad reality is that donations to food banks decline during the summer and food banks are unable to keep up with demand.

From May 2 to 8, food banks across Canada will come together to participate in the Every Plate Full Food Drive with an inspiring goal: to fill the plates of every Canadian who is hungry this summer.

Every dollar raised buys three meals for Canada’s hungry.

You can show your support by posting a picture of an empty plate on social media with #EveryPlateFull and a link to www.everyplatefull.ca from May 2 to 8. The goal is to have thousands of empty plates posted – fine dining, everyday kitchen, chipped, brand new and even paper. Anything goes! Participants are asked to tag their friends and ask them to post a plate and make a donation through www.everyplatefull.ca to a participating food bank or provincial food bank association.

You in? Show me your plate by leaving a link in the comments. :)

2 Responses to "Can we work together to make #EveryPlateFull ?"

1 | Javamom

May 5th, 2015 at 9:40 am


This post made me want to share something that came up in our household recently.

An interesting fundraising event came home from one of the kids’ schools this week. Sometime I had thought about in the past but never more than just a fleeting moment kind of thought….the fundraising was called something along the lines of Spring Baskets for Seniors.

The emphasis was to put donate-able items together, not just food, but toiletries, and things like picture frames or denture cream, tissues, socks and other such items for the local seniors that live in our neighbourhood. Many seniors may not necessarily depend on food banks all the time, but probably often run out of certain items simply because they are too expensive or hard to obtain on a regular basis. Many have a very small pension or income, which usually is fixed.

We have a full list of fundraising events we participate on, so although your above mentioned link is a noteworthy cause, I think this year we are going to stick with the senior spring basket.

As always, I enjoy coming here to your blog Andrea. )

2 | andrea tomkins

May 5th, 2015 at 11:13 am


That sounds awesome Javamom. Those little things can make a big difference!

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