In addition to the work that Blue Jays players, coaches and staff do within the community, the organization is extremely proud of the Lady Jays and the time and effort they spend making Toronto a better place. Each year the Lady Jays support the following organizations:
On July 29, 30 and 31, the Lady Jays hosted the 32nd annual Lady Jays Food Drive in support of Food Banks Canada. Fans generously donated non-perishable food items, provided monetary donations, and purchased mystery bags which contained a hat autographed by a player, coach, or alumni and other Blue Jays items.
The 2016 Food Drive raised over $38,000 in monetary donations and saw fans donated over 4,465 lbs of food. The food donations are shared with Food Banks Canada's local Affiliate Member food bank: Daily Bread Food Bank. Daily Bread Food Bank supports approximately 170 member agencies that operate a variety of food relief programs across Toronto.
Sprott Foundation proudly matched all monetary donations collected throughout the weekend, doubling fans impact, making the total monetary donations to Food Banks Canada $76,000 to support their national programs.
The Lady Jays Food Drive is the Blue Jays' longest standing community initiative, and each year raises awareness about hunger and food bank use in Canada. In preparation for the weekend, the Lady Jays visited North York Harvest Food Bank on July 5 to learn about the operation, and to assist in sorting food at the facility. Food Banks Canada supports ten provincial associations and over 480 food banks nationally. Through Food Banks Canada's National Food Sharing System, every dollar raised helps to acquire and share $20 worth of food and consumer products with individuals who require assistance. Food Banks Canada' works to alleviate hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow.
Any fans who wish to assist Canadians in need can do so by visiting foodbankscanada.ca or by visiting their local food bank to donate food, funds or volunteer their time.
Learn more about the Lady Jays Visit to North York Harvest.
On May 18, 2016, the Lady Jays volunteered to assist with the Sportsnet Charity Broadcast Auction presented by TD, held at Rogers Centre. The event, which raised funds for the Jays Care Foundation, allowed fans to bid on Blue Jays packages containing exclusive experiences and collections of memorabilia.
The Lady Jays answered phones and assisted buyers bidding on the various prize packages throughout the baseball game.