Apparently $100 buys a lot of vegetarian food.
“We’ve been amazed when we go shopping and we’re buying bags of rice and lentils, how much stuff we have in our cart for $100,” says Matthew Noble, director of the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank (TVFB), tells The Huffington Post Canada.
The Toronto-based animal activist, along with other volunteers, just started the new program, motivated by what he sees as the lack of options for vegans and vegetarians at existing food banks in the city.
“It’s not more expensive to buy vegetarian food and have vegetarian options, and there aren’t any, really, so we’re just trying to fill that void,” he says.
Based out of the Yonge Street Mission in the city’s downtown area, the once-a-month pop-up sprung up out of the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank, which closed in 2013 after its founder died.
An Indiegogo campaign to fund the new food bank raised over $10,000, and some local businesses ran fundraisers to chip in.
The money allowed volunteers to buy a good supply of non-perishable food from big grocery chains. The Ontario Food Terminal board also donated a free yearly buyer’s card, meaning Noble gets access to the same produce pricing as restaurants and grocery stores. Another local food bank donated bread.
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