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
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