#WATWB – Cheers for Team Toronto: Feeding the Hungry Goodnet

Welcome to September’s edition of #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest, where writers can hop on to this monthly, last Friday of the month effort, by sharing some of the good things going on in the world to deflect from the negative. This month I’m sharing how my city, Toronto, has been donating over half a million meals to those in need.


Cheers for Team Toronto: Local Stadium Donates 500,000 Meals


Toronto scores big with a food project that helped the needy.



Just over a year ago, Toronto fans celebrated the Raptors’ win of its first NBA championship. Over two million fans, about one third of the Greater Toronto Area residents, came out for the victory parade on June 17, 2019. Although the stands in the Scotiabank Arena have been empty, Toronto celebrated a recent win in their beloved stadium: the provision of over 500,000 meals for the needy.

It all started on March 12. The stadium’s 24 arena chefs, FoodService and Hospitality reported, were busy prepping in the kitchens. They were readying meals for thousands of hockey fans who were coming that night to watch the Maple Leafs play the Nashville Predators. With four restaurants, 88 concessions, plus 44 corporate suites, the kitchens were hopping. At noon, when a pandemic was declared by the WHO, management decided to suspend the game.

Chris Zielinksi, head chef for Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), was quick to respond, shipping out 27,000 pounds (12,247 kilos) of the prepared meals to food banks the very next day. . . Read the full article


Original Source: Cheers for Team Toronto: Local Stadium Donates 500,000 Meals – Goodnet


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Hosts for this month are:
Eric Lahti, Peter Nena Shilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and Sylvia Stein



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52 thoughts on “#WATWB – Cheers for Team Toronto: Feeding the Hungry Goodnet

  1. A wonderful post Debby thank you. A monumental task indeed and done with such grace, ease and professionalism. Using the hockey stadium was a stroke of genius. Good on Toronto! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂


  2. As a fellow Torontonian, I couldn’t be prouder. We’re blessed to live in a city that comes together in both good and bad times. Thanks so much for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!😊


  3. I’m always thrilled when I see efforts to feed the hungry. No one should go hungry on our planet. It’s the job of the blessed to share with those in need. I was happy to donate $$$ to a matching funds incentive to “Feeding Northeast Florida.”

    Thanks for making a difference here and in your community, Debby!


  4. I’m shaking my pompoms for Toronto and this truly incredible initiative to feed the hungry. It’s amazing what a community can do to help support its own. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!


    1. Thanks my friend. Far from perfect, but working together to keep the curve down, nobody complains or spits on people for wearing masks, and fines are real! $100,000 for an establishment not following protocol and $750 per person not obeying safe distance and persons allowed together in a group. 🙂


  5. Hi Debby – what a great initiative … and I congratulate them all – I expect they’re continuing on the good work for the needy. Lots of chefs have turned their hand to helping others … so many are doing what they can in these really difficult times. Excellent news and thanks for letting us know – if only all big clubs would do similar – it’d be just brilliant. All the best and take care – Hilary


    1. Hi Hilary. Thanks for stopping by. Oh yes, many chefs have stepped up to the plate in my city. It’s a wonderful selfless effort for sure. Take care and be safe my friend. ❤


    2. If we all went that extra mile, in helping each other, sharing, caring, etc, I doubt there would be so many needy people in the world. Wonderful story share Debby. There is more than enough food in this world, no one should ever go hungry. But the sad facts are they do.
      Food banks have increased hugely here in England.
      Much of the hospitality industry here will not recover.
      I think we will also have to figure out new ways of supporting the vulnerable, because they have certainly been neglected during this crisis.
      Sending love dear Debby. I’m gradually returning to the techno world and WordPress.
      Much love to you ❤️😘❤️🙏


      1. Hi Sue. I’m with you, nobody should be starving, yet, there’s plenty of it around the world. And yes, the food banks are getting more and more busier now. It seems many of us are entering the next ‘wave’. Tighter lockdowns are back. And so many businesses hanging by a thread. Grateful for the tender mercies where people are helping people. Glad to have you back around blogland Sue. You’ve returned at a very busy time for the planets! Peace and love to you my dear friend. No time to take off the seatbelts! 🙂 ❤ Hugs xoxo


  6. What a wonderful uplifting share, Debby. It’s so important to hear about good things happening in the world and the people with giant hearts behind them. Hurray for Toronto. 😀


    1. Thanks Diana. The WATWB initiative is going on three years now – started long before Covid, but especially heart-warming good deeds going on now in these turbulent times. ❤


    1. Thanks Robbie. Yes, I am grateful to be a Canadian with our gov’t doing everything right here, and people adhering. But it’s sooooo expensive to live here 😦


  7. Fantastic, Debby! You truly live in one of the most fantastic – diverse, friendly, caring, cultural – cities in the world. And, I would hate to see anything go to waste!!


  8. Wonderful! In these challenging times, I’m always glad to hear about projects to give to those who need it or take care of neglected animals. Here, local people worked hard to keep the local food pantry and small local businesses going during the pandemic. Many businesses are surviving and the food pantry is serving many who need help.


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