Community Supports Food Bank

By 32 Division,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 2:12 p.m. June 14, 2016
Updated: 2:22 p.m. June 14, 2016

The 32 Division community crammed a cruiser with support for those most in need.

Two men in TPS uniform with another man and a woman
Superintendent Sam Fernandes, Constable Omar McDoom, Daily Bread Food Bank Manager Dayana Gomez and Constable Ricardo Burke
  • Two men in TPS uniform with another man and a woman
  • A group of people at a storefront

On Saturday, June 11, 32 Division Neighbourhood Officers Constables Ricardo Burke and Omar McDoom teamed up with the Real Canadian Superstore at Dufferin Street, south of Steeles Ave. W., to promote the Cram-a-Cruiser event with the goal to collect enough non-perishable food items to fill a police scout car, otherwise known as a cruiser.

The community responded by filling two TPS cars with food within four hours.

A total of 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food was donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Daily Food Bank Community Partnerships and Special Events Manager Dayana Gomez was especially appreciative as she told officers that at this time of year donations are low but the need is still great. She greatly appreciated the donation.

"This relationship building initiative was an impressive example of community partnership," Superintendent Sam Fernandes said. "The Cram-a-Cruiser concept is a result of networking with our business partners and the community, who get together to provide for the less fortunate.”

The Superstore also support the 32 Division Community Response Unit Fresh Start Cooking Program, which allows youth to learn culinary skills, promotes healthy eating,  while building meaningful rapport with their mentor officers.

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