New To Blue community service targets food banks
Upper School students strive to complete all components of the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Completion of these diplomas requires all students to make a significant contribution to community service. Some students chose to spend the morning at the Daily Bread Food Bank in Etobicoke or at New Circles Clothing Depository that helps Toronto residents, with a particular focus on those in Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park and the Victoria Village community.
Beyond the community service diploma requirement, it’s important for UCC students to understand there’s a need for everyone to pitch in to assist those who require support. For a fifth year in a row, food banks in the Greater Toronto Area saw more than one million client visits.
The former suburbs of Toronto (Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke) saw an increase of nearly 40 per cent in food bank visits since 2008. Those numbers include highly educated, but underemployed newcomer families with children, living in apartments that are barely affordable. In the city core, single people with disabilities are more often turning to a food bank for support.
It’s our hope that these three hours of service on Sept. 2 will be a stepping stone for strong community service involvement by all new and veteran UCC boarding students.