Phones for Food

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Story and photo by Shannelle Parchment

Old Phone? Recycle with Feed the Need in Durham

Have an old phone and don’t know what to do with it? Phones for Food, put on by Feed the Need in Durham and Food Banks Canada will continue collecting used cell phones until the end of the month. The event put on by Food Banks Canada began in December and this is Durham’s first time participating in the annual event.
Executive Director Julien LeBourdais of the organization has received everything from old school car cell phones to the classic Zach Morris cell phones, from Saved by the Bell, and the shoulder bag battery phone.
“We’ve received over 200 phones,” said LeBourdais. “We plan to take them to Fido and Rogers where we’ll receive money for the phones that will go towards 42 shelters and food banks in the Durham region.”
Phones collected by the organization will be kept out of landfills by being recycled. Phones can be dropped off from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday at 125 Clarence Beisenthal Dr just north of King St and Townline Rd.
Feed the Need in Durham is a non-profit, charitable organization that is trying to end hunger in the Durham Region. The organization has helped to give meals to those who simply can’t get it on their own or at the time.
If you would like to join the Feed the Need organization in the fight to end hunger, consider donating food, making a monetary donation, or volunteering your time; any help to the organization is welcome.