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09 2014

Learning about hunger

Syndicated from: Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread’s Youth Program provides educational and volunteer opportunities for students aged 8 and up. If you are a teacher interested in bringing a class to Daily Bread, email for more information. Caileigh is a Grade 7 student who volunteered along with her class this year, and shared what she learned about food banks, Daily Bread and hunger while she was here. I thought that visiting the “Daily Bread Food Bank” was a very humbling experience. You would not normally think of how fortunate we are to have all of our basic needs met daily. We all have food, water, warmth, shelter, and a school education. Some people in the GTA do not have those things to support themselves, or their families. The people, who donate their time at the food bank, do so as unpaid volunteers. They generously help their fellow citizens, out of the goodness of their hearts.  As a school we collected a large amount of food, but that is only a fraction of what is really needed. We experienced; packaging carrots, making little bags of milk, and packaging non-perishable food items. Even the few hours we helped made a big difference, and helped make the regular volunteers tasks just a bit easier, for a day. It made me feel good to donate both time and food to help people in need. Most of the people that go to the food bank are embarrassed. They ask their family and friends for help first but eventually turn to the food bank. Visiting the food bank was a great eye opening experience. Spending your time helping the citizens that need help the most. - Caileigh, Grade 7, Toronto Montessori School

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