Student-led sock drive helps to keep communities warm from coast to coast

News Release
March 18th, 2015

London, ON – With an initial goal in 2014 of donating 1,500 pairs of socks to the Unity Project in London, the organizer of The Canadian Association of Food Professionals (CAFP) more than doubled that with over 3,700 pairs in donations received last winter. This year, the CAFP, along with student branches across Canada, hope to raise over 8,000 pairs of socks, with the assistance of students and community members nationwide.

The sock drive originally began at the Toronto CAFP branch in 2012, with the goal of collecting socks for community shelters around Toronto. With one of the coldest winters in Canadian history, staying warm has become a difficult task for many, especially for those living in community shelters. Fortunately, many students have quickly joined the initiative to help keep their fellow citizens warm in their time of need.

2015 marks a milestone, as it is the first year that CAFP student branches nationwide are participating in this initiative with a friendly competitive atmosphere. “The CAFP’s National Sock Drive has connected CAFP student branches across Canada. By doing so, it has created a large, unified initiative that will make a positive difference for countless local communities throughout the nation,” explains Larissa Valentine, Brescia’s CAFP President.

London’s CAFP student branch, spearheaded by Brescia students, is working with The Unity Project, a 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, “The support we received last year on campus was very inspiring. At Brescia we are empowered to be the change we want to see in the world, and we are doing just that.”

The student committee started with a goal of 1,500 pairs of socks, and met that goal through coin jar collections, in-class activities, and various fundraising events on campus, such as raffles and cake pop decoration. In addition to this, the initiative also received support from the London community, at events including The Circle Woman’s Day talk, which helped to generate donations and raise awareness.

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, contact or visit

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