Originally posted on Inside Toronto by Erin Hatfield
Parkdale club raises food for Daily Bread. Project Engagement and Muzik nightclub in Parkdale partnered once again to host a food drive to support the Daily Bread Food Bank and the Parkdale Community Food Bank. Here (from left) Parkdale High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo, Parkdale High Park Councillor Gord Perks, Trinity Spadina Councillor Mike Layton, Robert Thorp from the Parkdale Food Bank, Michael Thompson Scarborough Centre Councillor and co-founder of Project Engagement, officers Michael Facoetti and Chris Zerucelli from 14 Division, Vincent Gasparro co-founder of Project Engagement and Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao gathered on Feb. 10 to celebrate the successful campaign.Staff photo/ERIN HATFIELD
What normally serves as a dance floor for those who love the nightlife became the show space for 20 tons of food Friday, Feb. 10.
For five years, Parkdale’s nightclub Muzik, located at Exhibition Place, has partnered with Project Engagement to help people in need by running a food drive.
Once again, patrons were offered free admission to the club when they brought a non-perishable food item. The patrons rose to the challenge and the result was 20 tons of pasta, soups, cans of chilli, and more.
The bulk of the donations collected were given to the Daily Bread Food Bank for distribution to other food banks around Toronto and a portion went directly to the Parkdale Community Food bank on King Street West near Dufferin Street.
“This means the difference between bags going out half empty and bags going out extra full,” said Robert Thorpe of the Parkdale Community Food Bank, which sees about 3,000 people pass through its doors each month.
Police, politicians and representatives from the Daily Bread Food Bank, the Parkdale Community Food Bank and the community at large gathered at Muzik Feb. 10 to recognize the successful food drive.
At the event, Zlatko Starkovski, president of Muzik explained the club used the drive as an opportunity to talk to their patrons about food banks in the area.
“We turn on the news and we see everything that is happening around the world but sometimes we forget about what is happening around us,” he said. “I think this is a day about thinking about people and things we can do in our own communities to help.”
Project Engagement is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization created in 2006 to help poverty-stricken families throughout the GTA. With partners including local service agencies as well as Toronto police and Toronto Fire, Project Engagement provides food and other household necessities to those in need. Each year, Project Engagement hosts a series of events to raise funds and awareness. Proceeds from each event go directly toward helping local impoverished families.
“The effort is to ensure that we offer an opportunity for hope and an opportunity for all of our citizens to ensure that those who are in need are not left behind,” said Scarborough Councillor Michael Thompson, who is the co-founder of Project Engagement. “To ensure that there is a recognition that we are all people and we all have a responsibility, in fact we have a duty to help one another.”
Also in attendance was Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo, Parkdale-High Park Councillor Gord Perks, Trinity-Spadina Councillor Mike Layton, Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao and representatives from the Toronto Police Service 14 Division.