Landlords & Tenants Collect 400,000 lbs of Food for 36 Ontario Food Banks

April 29, 2015 – Don Mills – The Spring HOPE Food Drive was successful in collecting food and cash donations totaling just over 400,000lbs of food for needy families across Ontario.

Over 2,500 property management staff, volunteers and tenants helped collect the food over a 3-hour period during the food drive. Over thirty companies donated trucks to help pick up food donations from over 2,000 apartment buildings and deliver them to participating food banks.

“Unfortunately, demand for food banks is high and we have quite a way to go,” says Gail Nyberg, executive director of the Daily Bread Food Bank. “The Spring HOPE Food Drive helps food banks across the city throughout the critical summer months.”

“We are grateful for the amount of food collected from apartment buildings from the Spring HOPE Food Drive”, added Lisa Burrows of the Salvation Army Hamilton. “In Hamilton alone this drive collected over 3,500 lbs of food, enough to feed 157 households for a week”.

“This is one of the largest one-day food drives in Canada, and supplies food during the upcoming summer season when resources are traditionally low,” said Scott Andison, President of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO). “We are thankful for the support of our members and their tenants for helping local food banks across Ontario”.

“Since 2003, this annual event sees thousands of tenants and landlords working together to collect food for the less fortunate in our communities,” said food drive organizer Bonnie Hoy. “Over the past ten years, almost 5 million pounds of food has been collected”.

2013 Spring HOPE Food Drive Recipients Include:

Barrie Food Bank • Gleaners Food Bank • Helping Hand Food Bank (Bradford) • Brantford Food Bank • Operation Harvest Sharing (Brockville) • Partnership West Food Bank (Burlington) • Cambridge Food Bank • Fareshare Food Bank (Cobourg) • Collingwood Salvation Army • Community Outreach (Fort Erie) • Georgetown Bread Basket • Guelph Food Bank • Salvation Army Hamilton • Kingston Food Bank • Food Bank of Waterloo • Khi Community (Milton) • Project Share Niagara Falls • Fareshare Oakville • Feed the Need Durham • Kawartha Food Share • Orangeville Food Bank • Inn of the Good Shepherd Sarnia • Community Cares of St. Catherine’s • Caring Cupboard St. Thomas • Helping Hands Food Bank Tillsonburg • Waterloo Food Bank • Open Arms Mission Welland • Unemployed Help Centre Windsor • Woodstock Food Bank • North York Harvest • Daily Bread Food Bank Toronto • Mississauga Food Bank • Ottawa Food Bank • London Food Bank

About FRPO

The Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) is the province’s leading advocate for quality rental housing. FRPO represents over 2,200 rental housing providers who supply and manage homes for over 350,000 tenant households across Ontario.