Originally posted at muzikclubs.com
PROJECT ENGAGEMENT AND MUZIK NIGHTCLUB MAKE LARGEST SINGLE DONATION TO HELP TORONTO FOOD BANKS
Supporting Daily Bread and Parkdale Community Food Banks
Toronto, ON (February 10, 2012) – Project Engagement, a volunteer-based not for profit, and Muzik nightclub made a donation of 20 tonnes of nonperishable food items to Daily Bread and Parkdale Community food banks. The donation was the result of a partnership between Project Engagement and Muzik nightclub in response to the growing demand facing Toronto food banks. It is estimated that a donation of this size could provide 3000 people with enough food to last about a week.<br>”The volume of food we have been offered by Project Engagement and Muzik represents the largest private food drive we have ever had,” said Robert Thorpe, Executive Director of the
Parkdale Community Food Bank. “Muzik is proving to be one of the most socially responsible businesses in Parkdale and is bringing great benefit to our community. In light of growing joblessness and a corresponding shrinking donor base, food banks like ours need this kind of help very much.”
In late 2009, food banks across the city saw a 30 per cent rise in demand, but in Parkdale demand rose by 53 per cent. In July 2011, it was reported that the Parkdale Community FoodBank was on the verge of closing because of a lack of funds and food.
“Project Engagement was created out of a need to do more for those who are less fortunate in our communities,” said Vincent Gasparro, co–founder of Project Engagement. “When Muzik approached us to help the Parkdale Community Food Bank, we were more than happy to do what we could for them too. Working together is the only way we can continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these families.”
Muzik, which is located in Exhibition Place, kicked off their food drive on November 19th and extended it through to February 1st. Every Saturday night during this period, any patron who donated five nonperishable food items was offered free admission to the club before 11pm. Last year’s partnership between Project Engagement and Muzik saw almost ten tonnes of food donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
“This food drive is a perfect example of how community partnerships can help alleviate poverty and hunger within our communities,” said Michael Thompson, co-founder of Project Engagement. “The response from the patrons and staff at Muzik has once again been outstanding.”