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York Region Food Bank holding Easter 50/50 cash draw

Ticket sales run until April 6 for fundraiser in support of food programs in schools, housing co-operatives across region
New Year's raffle draw winner took home $4,425.

The Food Bank of York Region is holding an Easter 50-50 cash raffle draw to raise funds for its programs for food-insecure residents throughout York Region.

Tickets are on sale March 9 to April 6 and the winner’s name will be drawn on April 7.

Due to record inflation and soaring food prices, an increasing number of people are relying on food banks for meals for themselves and their families, according to a news release.

The Food Bank of York Region reported that more than 28,400 people received food services in 2022, representing a 25 per cent increase from 2021.

“As food insecurity has continued to surge throughout York Region in 2023, we have expanded our programs to provide assistance to schools where students and low-income families require food relief,” said Alex Bilotta, FBYR founder and CEO.

“We are counting on the generous support of the community through the Easter 50/50 raffle and monetary donations to help us to bridge the food insecurity gap in York Region.”

Last year, the food bank launched a school food program, currently serving 23 schools throughout the region. The program partners with schools to provide food-insecure students access to nutritious snacks and meals during school, and to take home to their families as well.

After expenses, the proceeds of the draw will go to supporting the school food program and 24 community housing cooperatives across York Region.

To buy your raffle tickets, visit this link.  

The Food Bank of York Region is the regional food collection and distribution hub for York Region, serving a network of more than 88 food pantries, schools, shelters, and non-profit community organizations. The FBYR supports food programs in the nine municipalities of York Region, including the Newmarket Food Pantry, serving more than 28,400 individuals in nearly 8,500 households.

For more information or to make a donation, visit