This weekend, Rogers Centre will once again become a donation location as the Lady Jays host the 32nd Annual Lady Jays Food Drive in support of Food Banks Canada, when the Blue Jays take on the Baltimore Orioles (July 29-31). Fans taking in the action are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, provide monetary donations or purchase mystery bags, which contain an autographed baseball cap and other variousBlue Jays items (see below for list of drop-off and purchase locations).
"It's always important to get involved in the community, and being Canada's only baseball team, we are incredibly lucky to host an event that has an impact across the entire country," says Kristin Smoak, wife of 1B Justin Smoak. "The Food Drive is the Blue Jays' longest standing community initiative, and we are honoured to once again be assisting Food Banks Canada in raising awareness about hunger and food bank use in Canada."
In addition to fan contributions, The Sprott Foundation also announced today they will match all monetary donations collected throughout the weekend up to $50,000, doubling the impact for Food Banks Canada. The contribution builds upon The Sprott Foundation's existing partnership with Jays Care Foundation, announced earlier this year.
Food collected throughout the weekend will go to support a local affiliate food bank in Toronto, while cash donations will be directed to Food Banks Canada to support national programs. Last year, the Lady Jays Food Drive collected more than 2300lbs of food and raised over $34,000 in support of the cause.
Fans across the country can also assist the Lady Jays in helping Canadians in need using any of the following options:
o texting HUNGER to 30333 for a $5 donation to be added to their next mobile phone bill
o visit their local food bank and donate food, funds or volunteer their time
Food Banks Canada supports a unique network, comprised of 10 provincial food bank associations and more than 500 food banks that support over 4,000 food-related organizations. Together this network assists over 850,000 Canadians each month. This network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency for people who turn to them for help, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry.
The Lady Jays represent the wives, girlfriends, and family members of the Toronto Blue Jays players and coaches.
Donation Drop-Off and Purchase Locations
Non-perishable food items - Accepted at all Gates upon entry
Monetary Donations - Accepted at Gates 10 &11 or WestJet Flight Deck
Mystery Bags - Available for purchase at Gates 10 &11 or WestJet Flight Deck on following dates:
· Fri, July 29 (between 4:30pm - 3rd Inning)
· Sat, July 30 (between 11:00am - 3rd Inning)
· Sun, July 31 - (between 11:00am - 3rd Inning)