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September 25 2006

FYFB PARTICIPATES IN TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON OASIS NEIGHBOURHOOD CHALLENGE

Food Bank Collects More than $2,500 in Much-Needed Donations

Toronto, ON (September 25, 2006) The Fort York Food Bank (FYFB) is proud to have participated in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon for the third year in a row. FYFB raised more than $2,500 during the two-day Health & Wellness Expo leading up to the marathon and from pledges collected by the 11 runners on the FYFB team.

"We're very pleased at the support for Fort York Food Bank from the community and from the runner who, though busy training for the run, took time to raise pledges for FYFB," said team organizer Ingrid Sapona, an FYFB board member. "Twenty-five hundred dollars will go a long way towards helping us meet the urgent needs of our most vulnerable clients."

FYFB, representing the neighbourhood of Liberty Village/King Street West, was stationed at the seven and 17 kilometer mark in Ontario Place's Inukshuk Park to cheer on runners as part of the Oasis Neighbourhood Challenge. While FYFB's supporters didn't win the five thousand dollar prize, everyone there enjoyed the Paradise Breeze Band and cheering on the runners.

FYFB's participation in the event was made possible by the generous support of: Councilor Joe Pantalone; Liberty Village BIA; Moveable Type; and Ontario Place.

Articling students from local law firm Cassels Brock were also on-hand to cheer on the runners as well as collecting donations at pre-marathon Health & Wellness Expo.

FYFB would like to thank its dedicated team of runners: Barb Bryden; Chris Fraser; Marni Hamilton; Laurie McKenzie; Desy Mihaylova; Rowena Mulholland; Sorrel Nicholl; Judy Pike; Christine Whalen; Mark Whalen; and Kim Wood. Next year's goal, according to Sapona, is to double the number of FYFB runners.

Donations are still urgently needed and can be made in person at 797 Dundas Street West or online at www.fyfb.com (follow the links to CanadaHelps.com).

About the Fort York Food Bank

FYFB is a multi-service agency focused on reconnecting people with our community. We do this by working with partners who share our vision to: feed the hungry by providing the basic nutritional requirements to individuals and families in need; and, help people get on track by providing counselling, training and advocacy to help people find jobs, safe housing and appropriate social/community programs.

FYFB was founded in February 1998 as an independent agency of the Daily Bread Food Bank Foundation of Toronto. FYFB is a registered charitable organization -- number 867147464 RR0001. FYFB is governed and managed by a voluntary Board of Directors who are elected by our membership at our AGM.

FYFB originally focused on providing emergency food supplies, but to meet the economic and social needs of the most vulnerable people within our community and resolve our clients' underlying issues, FYFB's programming has grown to an integrated set of services to prevent homelessness, eliminate hunger and provide a safe environment for connecting with our community. Please visit www.fyfb.com for more information.

Media Inquiries:

Jennifer Wasley

416 422 7189 or 416 804 3014 (mobile)

email jennifer.wasley@porternovelli.com

photography courtesy of Claire Del Net www.clairedelnet.com.


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