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Toronto's Food and Hunger Action Committee hosted the Second Annual Food Action
Awards for Community Volunteers. The awards honoured 34 outstanding volunteers
who are dedicated to ensuring people across Toronto have access to safe,
nutritious and affordable food.
Lifetime Achievement honourees included: Kay Kemper, who has worked for 14
years with the Roden Public School breakfast program; Rachel Scherer, who has
volunteered for 10 years with the Bernard Betel Centre for Creative Living's
Diners Club for seniors; Keith Roos, who has been an unsung hero with the Bloor
Bathurst Interchurch Gathering Spot for 24 years; and Marion Granger who has
been the lead volunteer at Storefront Humber's Congregate Dining Program for 13
Awards were also presented for Outstanding Achievement and Community Spirit.
Award-winning volunteers in these categories were honoured for activities
ranging from helping children grow a vegetable garden to cooking dinner for 250
people to donating part of a working farm's harvest.
"I am always amazed at the wide variety of activities and skills volunteers
bring to the food security sector," said Councillor Chris Korwin-Kuczynski, who
is co-chair of the Food and Hunger Action Committee. "This year's award-winners
have a huge variety of personal experiences and backgrounds, but they all have
a common commitment to making sure people don't go hungry. These awards are a
way to say thanks and to let people know that their commitment really is making
a difference for thousands of citizens of Toronto."
Nominations for the awards were co-ordinated by Toronto Community &
Neighbourhood Services, which sent out nomination forms to over 1,300
organizations across the city. The winners were selected by members of the Food
and Hunger Action Committee.
All community-based food programs were invited to nominate volunteers. Programs
included food production, pick-up and distribution, emergency food programs
such as food banks and pantries, outreach programs, community kitchens and
gardens, as well as innovative projects that strengthened the food security
Plans are already underway for the third annual awards, which will continue to
celebrate the volunteers who are the lifeblood of many of Toronto's food