Student-led sock drive helps to banish winter and exceeds 3,000 pairs for Unity Project in London

News Release
March 28, 2014

London, ON – With an initial goal of donating 1,500 pairs of socks to the Unity Project in London, the organizer of The Canadian Association of Food Professionals (CAFP) Sock Drive expect to exceed 3,000 pairs in a year where winter does not seem to be going away.

The initiative originally began at the Toronto CAFP branch two years ago. The intention was to collect socks for community shelters around Toronto. The idea had students across Canada become motivated to jump on board. For the first time this year, CAFP student branches nationwide are taking part in this initiative with a friendly competitive atmosphere.

London’s CAFP student branch, spearheaded by Brescia students, is working with The Unity Project, a small(er) homeless shelter in London, which will benefit from all proceeds donated in London. Brescia student Amanda Hunt is the CAFP Brescia Community Director, and says of her involvement, “I have never been a person to sit back when l see a problem. I wanted to tackle it head on. Raising 1500 pairs of socks for the Unity Project was a challenge; however, coming to Brescia, l knew I would have the support to succeed.” Given the extremely cold and lingering weather conditions in the London area this winter, Development Manager with the Unity Project, Sylvia Langer, explains, “If I had a pair for every time someone asked me for a pairs of socks, I would need 5,000 pairs or more in a year.”

The student committee began with a goal of 1,500 pairs of socks and met that goal through coin jar collections, in-class activities, various fundraising events on campus, and in the London community. Their message was heard by an upper year student whose family wanted to help with an additional 1,500 pairs donation, which will be presented to The Unity Project on March 31st. CAFP Brescia President-Elect 2013-14, Larissa Valentine, says of the experience, “This Sock Drive has really shown the heart of Brescia’s Community. In a three-month long initiative, we received continued support from everyone, with over a pair of new socks per student donated.”

The CAFP Sock Drive began on January 1st and officially wraps up on March 31st. For more information about CAFP, and Brescia’s student branch, visit

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