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GTA food banks making final push in holiday drive

Last Updated Dec 20, 2015 at 11:06 am EST

Toronto Mayor John Tory sorted donations with other volunteers at the North York Harvest Food Bank on Dec. 20, 2015. CITYNEWS/Jerome Gange.

Food banks across the GTA are making a final push in their holiday donation drive and one of them is getting a helping hand from a famous face.

Mayor John Tory joined other volunteers to sort through donations at the North York Harvest Food Bank on Sunday morning.

The food bank says the campaign, which runs from Nov. 27, 2015 to Jan. 6, 2016, is their largest of the year. The goal is to raise 250,000 pounds of healthy food as well as $250,000. As of Dec. 20, they are 50 per cent of the way to their goal.

The food and money raised will provide 750,000 meals to children and families in northern Toronto.

Click here for more details on where and what to give.

High-protein items are always a good choice, says Gail Nyberg of the Daily Bread Food Bank.

“We need people to think about protein items. They are some of the most important,” Nyberg told 680 NEWS.

“That would be beans, lentils, chickpeas, peanut butter, canned fish. Tuna, salmon, canned meat, canned chicken. All of those are good.”

Daily Bread is hoping to raise 1,000,000 pounds of found and $2.5 million.

Donations can be made online at DailyBread.ca, and food items can be dropped off at any Toronto fire station or civic centre.