As our community works together to face the challenges of the
“Scotiabank Arena normally serves as a gathering place for fans to be entertained and cheer on their teams, but today, as the world deals with the overwhelming impact of the
Scotiabank Arena has been transformed into Toronto’s largest kitchen, with its numerous food preparation facilities and the arena floor being used to prepare and assemble the meal packages. MLSE’s chefs and food and beverage staff, along with employees from different departments within the company, are working together on this program as the company’s sports and entertainment operations are halted due to the pandemic. In addition, Scotiabank will be opening its kitchen facilities at Scotia Plaza in Toronto to further support this initiative.
“We are very proud to be utilizing Scotiabank Arena and the kitchen facilities in Scotia Plaza to feed the most vulnerable members of our community, and care for our frontline health workers as they care for us all,” said Scotiabank President and CEO, Brian Porter. “Our health workers are the embodiment of our highest values and we are all grateful for their service and sacrifice, particularly during this period of acute need.”
In addition to the founding partners who initiated the program, a number of other important supporting partners provided financial assistance, services or food donations including Sobeys, Sysco, Maple Lodge Farms, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Maple Leaf Foods, McCain Foods, Unico/Primo, Mars Wrigley, Coca-Cola, Weston Foods and Pinnacle Caterers.
“Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen thousands of Ontario businesses and organizations do their part to support our frontline health care workers and our most vulnerable in the fight against
“I want to thank MLSE and the other partners involved for stepping up and supporting our frontline healthcare workers, their families and community organizations across the city. This is a great initiative by a great organization that is a dedicated member of the Toronto community,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “Businesses across Toronto are working with the not-for-profit sector and the City government to help those who need it most during these tough times – that’s the right and responsible thing to do. Thank you to MLSE and their corporate partners for working together to help our residents get through this emergency.”
Second Harvest, the largest food rescue organization in Canada, along with a network of local suppliers and sponsors, are supplying fresh ingredients daily to the MLSE team. The chefs will then turn those food supplies, along with other food purchased or donated to the program, into fresh, nutritious, ready-to-heat single-serving meals suitable for a variety of dietary needs. Meals will then be labelled before being readied for delivery five days a week. The program is expected to prepare and deliver hundreds of thousands of meals over the coming weeks for the network of hospitals and community agencies.
“To limit the spread of
MLSE worked with food hygiene experts and Toronto Public Health during the development of the program to ensure the safety of the meals and of the people who are working to prepare them.
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