Trebas Students Come to the Rescue on Second Harvest Hero Day!

Posted on February 4th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

Trebas Students Come to the Rescue

If you happen to walk through the hallways at Trebas Institute today, you might come face-to-face with a very real superhero. In fact, you may even encounter hundreds of heroes during your commute on the TTC, or perhaps while running an errand at a local business. This is because many of Toronto’s companies, TTC stations, PATH locations, schools and more are participating in Second Harvest’s Hero Day!

Trebas students dressing for the cause on Hero Day.

Trebas students dressing for the cause on Hero Day.

Trebas students dressing for the cause on Hero Day.

What is Second Harvest Food Rescue?

Founded in 1985, Second Harvest is the largest food rescue program in Canada. The organization works hard to collect surplus food, which is donated by local food retailers, manufacturers, restaurants and caterers. Once collected, the food is delivered to over 220 community agencies throughout the city of Toronto. In addition to supplying nutritious food like fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats, milk and beyond to those in need, Second Harvest also reduces pollution by diverting such foods from landfills.

Since their start, Second Harvest has prevented 50 million pounds of greenhouse gases from affecting the air we breathe. And, with the help of their 12,000 volunteers, the organization is also responsible for delivering over eight million pounds of food in the past year alone!

What Hero Day is All About

While these masked do-gooders don’t quite fit the description of the heroes seen in today’s films—as they don’t have super powers, probably can’t fly, and haven’t been bitten by radioactive spiders—they are heroes nonetheless. Hundreds of masked and caped heroes dressed in bright green are currently travelling the city to spread the word about Second Harvest. They are also collecting donations so the organization can successfully rescue excess food that is set to go to waste and deliver it to those in need. In fact, with every $5 raised, 10 nutritious meals are delivered.

This Trebas Film & Television student is prepared to rescue surplus food.

This Trebas Film & Television student is prepared to rescue surplus food.

How You Can Get Involved

If you’d like to get involved in this worthy cause, or if you’re looking for a good reason to dress up as a superhero, you can join Second Harvest on Hero Day by volunteering to raise funds at various TTC stations and PATH locations.

Alternatively, if you’d like to get involved without dressing up, you can simply head to your closest TTC station and give your donation to the first hero you spot!

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