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MLSE back in food game to prepare meals for frontline workers, agencies

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment culinary staff and Second Harvest combined to create 10,000 meals a day to support front-line hospital workers and shelters at Scotiabank Arena in April 2020.
Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment culinary staff and Second Harvest combined to create 10,000 meals a day to support front-line hospital workers and shelters at Scotiabank Arena in April 2020.

With the Raptors gone to Tampa for the NBA season and no timeline for a Maple Leafs return, Scotiabank Arena again has become a beehive of food activity.

MLSE, along with a group of partners, has reintroduced the Bringing Toronto Back To Its Feet program and will help prepare more than 130,000 meals to be distributed to community agencies and frontline workers starting this week.

“This holiday season will be one of the most challenging that we have known,” MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum said in a statement. “MLSE is grateful to our corporate and community partners as they join us again to support our community.

“This program will play a small part in helping our neighbours enjoy their holiday season as we all look forward to a better year ahead in 2021.”

With the support of Second Harvest, the program helped create and distribute 500,000 meals from April to June as the COVID-19 pandemic initially took its hold.

Scotiabank Arena is being used to assemble the meal packages that can be stored and frozen to be distributed to hospitals, community agencies and families that will be struggling during the winter months.

MLSE’s chefs, as well as food and beverage staff and employees from throughout the company, are teaming up to put the meals together.

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