Second Harvest Hero Lunch,Yonge-Dundas Square Toronto October 8,2015

I had the opportunity to check out Second Harvest’s fundraiser yesterday at Yonge-Dundas Square.DSC_0399 DSC_0330-001 Some of Toronto’s finest restaurants gathered to support Second Harvest and provide a delicious lunch for all in the heart of Toronto. Second Harvest has been around since 1985 and has grown to be the largest food rescue charity in Canada. In those years they have saved over 100 Million pounds of food and delivered it to more than 200 social service agencies in Toronto. When I spoke to Debra Lawson, executive director, I could sense her passion and dedication to this cause.DSC_0376 DSC_0352 DSC_0342 This was their first such event and the turnout would indicate many more to come.DSC_0381 DSC_0385 DSC_0374 DSC_0337 The Hard Rock Cafe, Learning Enrichment Foundation Harvest Kitchen,Liaison College, Matty’s Seafood/Rock Lobster, Salad King, Sullivan & Bleeker Baking Co., The Birchwood Kitchen, The Dale Ministries, Tiny Tom Donuts and Twist by Roger Mooking stepped up to the plate and served the hungry throngs that work and live in this busy place.DSC_0368 DSC_0391 DSC_0348 DSC_0336-001 I had a chance to meet and talk with all the participants and the love they put into their work was evident.DSC_0368DSC_0379 DSC_0350
I got to meet and chat with Rock Star Chef Roger Mooking who has been involved with Second Harvest for five years and has been their Ambassador for the last two. We spoke about the vast amounts of food that go to waste, perfectly good to eat, but not pretty enough for the grocery store shelves and the sad reality that in all of this many people still go hungry.DSC_0398 DSC_0342 It was an awesome event and I wish Second Harvest all the good luck and blessings in the world for their efforts. They remind us that there are a lot of heroes all around us and when we work together we can make a difference.DSC_0347-001 From pumpkin apple soup, mac and cheese, lobster bisque, burritos,chicken to Thai food there was something for every taste. I didn’t get the chance to try everything but Roger Mooking’s fried chicken was out of this world! Just before I left I had a chance to stand near the Dale Ministries booth and watched as this wonderful hero beckoned anyone that looked hungry that didn’t have any tickets over and gave them something to eat. I could tell she had done this before and the smile on her face was the smile of a hero!DSC_0396 As always, enjoy Toronto! Please support Second Harvest, the world needs more heroes!


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