TORONTO — The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) has found a way to help others during this time of global uncertainty and COVID-19.
After many postponed and/or cancelled events at the MTCC, employees banded together to donate its food surplus to local shelters and other charitable organizations.
“These food items were from cancelled or postponed events and included things like milk, potatoes, salad, vegetables, pastries, and fruits,” MTCC’s social media and communications specialist Melanie Wade said. “They went directly to our local charity partners at Margaret’s Housing, Good Shepherd, The Scott Mission, and organizations who help people with disabilities who have to stay home.”
According to the MTCC, the initiative resulted in the donation of more than 1,500 meals. The largest donations were to Margaret’s Housing (500+ meals) and The Scott Mission (300+ meals).
“This donation would not have been possible without the dedication of our staff who worked diligently to prepare food items for delivery. This initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to donate leftover food from events that support our community,” said Lorenz Hassenstein, president and CEO at the MTCC. “In times likes these, playing our part and helping those in need is essential.”
To date, the MTCC has donated more than 340,000 meals to local food rescue organizations, including the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) Student Nutrition Program and the Daily Bread Food Bank. It also donates leftover items, from furniture to delegate bags, to local charities across Toronto that are in need of community support services, like Habitat for Humanity and Margaret’s Housing.