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BMO Field latest Toronto venue to join MLSE’s meal donation program

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The home of Toronto FC will be used to produce an additional 3,000 meals a day to support frontline health workers and families.

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment started the “Bringing Toronto Back To Its Feet” meal donation program, and BMO FIeld is the latest venue in Toronto to be used to prepare meals for Toronto’s frontline health workers and their families.

Starting last month, MLSE and its partners were already providing about 10,000 meals a day out of Scotiabank Arena, and have now extended that goal, now aiming for 13,000 a day with the addition of BMO Field’s facilities.

“MLSE and our teams are always proud to represent Toronto, inspire our citizens, and serve our community, but that is especially true in challenging times,” said Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of MLSE in a statement. “We are extremely proud of our organization and our employees who had a hand in bringing this program to life and grateful to the many partners who were so quick to lend their support. We all look forward to the day when we can return to hosting and entertaining our fans, but until then, we are focused on doing everything we can to help our community recover from this difficult period.”

This week, MLSE will also reach the 100,000 meal milestone, a number that will continue to rise quickly thanks to the extra 3,000 meals a day made with the BMO Field facilities.

“There has been an outpouring of support in response to this initiative and it has further demonstrated the united and generous spirit of Toronto,” added Michael Friisdahl, President and CEO of MLSE. “The addition of the facilities at BMO Field, and the support of BMO as a partner, will help us grow this program beyond what we had first envisioned and provide even more support to the community where and when it is needed most. We are very appreciative to everyone who has played a role in making this program possible, but we are especially grateful for the generosity of MLSE’s ownership, the commitment of our employees, and the support of our corporate and community partners. This is an example of Toronto at its best.”

MLSE also noted that the company has worked with food hygiene experts and Toronto Public Health during the development of the program to ensure the safety of the meals and of the people who are working to prepare them.

Well done, MLSE.