The Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) in partnership with the Toronto Wholesale Produce Association (TWPA) will be distributing over 1,200 boxes of 18 kg of fresh produce to people in need across Ontario.
The boxes will be packed by 40 volunteers from 8:00 am to 12 noon on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the Ontario Food Terminal.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused greater food insecurity, so we are pleased to be able to continue the initiative this year. The hampers, which will be delivered to food banks across Ontario, contain enough fruit, nuts, and vegetables, for a family of two adults and two children for an entire week,” states Michelle Broom, OPMA president.
Utilizing a combination of rented equipment, donated services of a Northern Ontario grower, and a province-wide wholesale produce distributor, and a team of packing volunteers, the produce hampers will be delivered to 15 different organizations including a First Nations Community, which is located 1,150 kilometres north of Toronto.
Since 1990, more than 30,000 Ontario families have benefited from the OPMA/TWPA Christmas Foodshare