REDUCING HUNGER IN SIMCOE COUNTY
FOR RELEASE DECEMBER 15, 2014 @9:00 AM
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Maple Leaf Harvest Makes a New Year’s Resolution That Matters
Ontario, Dec 15, 2014 -- As you give some thought to your New Year’s resolutions for 2015, why not add making a difference in the lives of those that often go hungry to your list?
Maple Leaf Harvest, a new Ontario not-for-profit, is taking up the challenge to end hunger in Ontario by focusing on the issue of inequality in food distribution. Started this year, the organization, with the help of the latest technology and advanced logistic methods, will retrieve food that regularly goes to waste at various food organizations, and deliver it to the tables of local soup kitchens and shelters, to feed those in need. The organization will start operations in Simcoe County in 2015.
In support of its goal, Maple Leaf Harvest has launched a New Year’s Challenge on the crowdfunding portal Indiegogo to raise its start-up funding. The organization aims to deliver at least 50,000 pounds of food monthly. The campaign runs until December 31, 2014. “It is estimated that over 40% of available food goes to waste” said Helen verDuin Palit, Maple Leaf Harvest’s founder and President. “Over 800,000 Canadians are accessing food banks monthly, with more than one-third being children. No one can deny that the current need is overwhelming.” Helen verDuin Palit has a long history of distributing surplus food to those that would otherwise go hungry. In 1981, in New Haven Connecticut, she created a perishable food distribution system, which allowed food companies to donate their unused food to local shelters and food kitchens. By 1989, sixteen programs across the United States and Canada were using her harvest methodology. In recognition of her vision, work and commitment, President Bush nominated her as the Fourth Point of Light in his Thousand Points of Light call to action. Since then, her program has been implemented in over 1300 cities and towns. “The goal of reducing hunger is very achievable” said verDuin Palit. “We just need the will to do it. Support our campaign this holiday season by donating today. The food is available. The people are in need. Maple Leaf Harvest definitely has a solution.”
To view more information on Maple Leaf Harvest’s please visit: vimeo.com/108728447 To support Maple Leaf Harvest’s campaign, please visit: bit.ly/1G1wxK3 For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Kacper Nowacki Director of Development and Administration Maple Leaf Harvest firstname.lastname@example.org 647 469 9075 Kathy A. Cox Public Relations Officer Maple Leaf Harvest email@example.com 416 432 8572
About Maple Leaf Harvest Maple Leaf Harvest is a not-for-profit organization focused on finding long-term innovative solutions to the problems of inequality in food distribution and hunger in Canada. Through utilizing new technologies, advanced logistic methods, and a just-in-time delivery model, Maple Leaf Harvest works to collect available food from food-related organizations and distribute it to those in need.