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These teens are fighting hunger.

Local chapters of a worldwide Jewish youth movement, BBYO, have teamed up with a not-for-profit organization for young people and social change (

They have launched a campaign rallying young people across North America to fight hunger through a food collection drive.

The campaign — called “Can-Tribute,” — started Sept. 23, just before the Jewish high holidays to fall in line with the Yom Kippur tradition of collecting food for the needy during the day of fasting, and lasted through Nov. 20.

Eight BBYO chapters across the Greater Toronto Area participated in the campaign, including the organization’s newest chapter, which launched in Richmond Hill just after Labour Day.

To celebrate the end of the campaign, BBYO collaborated with Camp Northland-B’nai Brith and Canadian Young Judaea, along with local chapters of North American Federation of Temple Youth and United Synagogue Youth, to host a pre-screening of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas the day before the movie’s release.

More than 300 teens from Thornhill, Richmond Hill and beyond went to the pre-screening, filling large collection boxes with non-perishable food items to donate to the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank.

The next major event involving bettering the community is J-Serve on April 19, which is the global day of Jewish youth service where Jewish teens come together and do good deeds.

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