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Markham Helping Hands food drive was a huge success

Markham Regional Councillor Alan Ho recently hosted the “Markham Helping Hands 2023 food bank drive event.

Teaming up with Markham Fire & Emergency Service as well as three local supermarkets — Foodymart, Sunny Foodmart, and Winco Foodmart — Ho collaborated to mobilize and deliver food items to the Markham Food Bank.

Ho emphasized that participating in the Markham Helping Hands 2023 food bank drive goes beyond an act of kindness; it represents a tangible expression of the compassion that defines Markham. He further urged the community to unite, making the holiday season a time of hope, generosity, and communal spirit.

Highlighting alarming statistics from the Markham Food Bank, Ho revealed a 46 per cent surge in clients over the past three years and an even more significant 87 per cent increase among seniors. Stressing the critical need for support, he pointed out that the percentage increase in clients and seniors seeking assistance in the past year alone equalled or surpassed the cumulative increases of the previous two years combined.

Expressing gratitude to Ho for organizing the food bank drive, Fire Chief Chris Nearing also extended the call for donations beyond food, encouraging contributions of new, unwrapped toys for all ages. The toys collected were donated to the Salvation Army and Markham Stouffville Hospital’s Children’s Centre.

Food donation boxes were placed at supermarket entrances during the event, and Ho took the lead by personally purchasing approximately $400 worth of nonperishable, unopened food items and placing them in the donation box. Foodymart also stepped up with substantial donations to support the Markham Food Bank.

In addition to the backing from local supermarkets, the event received food donations from residents who dropped off food items in the food donation boxes after completing their shopping.

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