Summer is a season most of us look forward too, but in Ontario sun filled days can signal a stress response for families struggling to meet their basic needs. Summer vacation taxes low income families who rely on school meal programs to supplement their kid’s nutritional needs. This is compounded for working parents who struggle to cover childcare costs in July and August.
According to Feed Ontario, donations typically decline once the weather gets warmer because it isn’t “top of mind for most people”. Although food banks work to meet the demands of “summer hunger”, “its existence highlights significant cracks in how our system address[es] child food insecurity.”
In addition to asking farmers and food companies to step up their contributions, food banks heavily rely on organized fundraisers like Spring Hope Food Drive during leaner months. Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, Spring Hope targets residential rental properties by canvassing door to door one evening in April for donations that supply food banks within the local community.
In association with the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) and the Greater Toronto Apartment Association (GTAA), Realstar has been actively supporting this vital community initiative since the beginning. This year 80 of our properties across Ontario, as well as our Head Office, participated in collecting much needed items like baby food and formula to give back to the local communities in which we live and work. Of course, none of which would be possible without the generosity of our residents, on-site management and staff.
While summer isn’t the season most associate with giving, for food banks it is high on the list. As you’re easing in to carefree days of summer sun, supporting those in need couldn’t be easier by making a online cash contribution at Spring Hope’s donation page for local food banks.