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7-Eleven Donates $32,000!

Caroline Bouillet, from 7-Eleven Canada, presents a cheque for $32,000 to the Daily Bread Food Bank’s David Carroll, associate executive director. The money was collected through Toronto’s plastic bag fee program and goes towards Daily Bread’s annual holiday food drive.

Despite storming winter conditions, around 30 7-Eleven store managers and staff turned out to volunteer for the day at Daily Bread Food Bank to help pack food for those in need. “We’d love to do this again,” said Caroline Bouillet, Market Manager, 7-Eleven Ontario. “It was wonderful to know we were helping to make a difference at a crucial time of year and it really showed the spirit of our staff.”

The 7-Eleven volunteer day follows its donation of $32,000 which was collected through Toronto’s plastic bag fee program.

Thank you 7-Eleven!

Date Added: January 26, 2012 | Filed under: Blog — Jessica @ 10:26 pm

Law Firm Challenge raises $245,000


On Tuesday, January 17th, Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP, hosted the Law Firm Reception, thanking all firms for their amazing support in The Law Firm Challenge which raised over $245,000 for Daily Bread Food Bank.  The winning firm McLeish Orlando, presented a cheque of $37,041 to Daily Bread’s Executive Director, Gail Nyberg. 

From November 28 until December 19, 33 law firms in Toronto participated in the annual Law Firm Challenge – competing agains each other to see who can raise the most money for Daily Bread Food Bank. We’d like to thank all the law firms that participated this year. They helped raise an amazing $245,000 for Daily Bread Food Bank which will allow us to distribute food to 170 member agencies across the city.

This challenge has raised more than $1.5 million over the years and is Daily Bread’s biggest employee drive through the holiday season. The challenge is spearheaded by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and a special thank you goes out to the students at Blake who invested so much of their time and passion to helping a good cause.

Congratulations to McLeish Orlando LLP who were the top fundraising firm and raised a total of $37,041. This was the first year they have participated in the Law Firm Challenge and we look forward to them coming on board next year to defend their title.

Date Added: January 19, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Events — Jessica @ 10:27 pm

Tim Hortons donates $150,000 for new hybrid truck

Today we unveiled Daily Bread Food Bank’s newest truck, thanks to a generous donation of $150,000 from Tim Hortons’ restaurant owners in Toronto.

The 26-foot truck has been on the road throughout November and December, helping to pick up Holiday Drive donations and making deliveries of much-needed food. This is Daily Bread’s first hybrid truck which will assist in the distribution of almost 66,000 hamper boxes a month to local food banks, shelters and meal programs across Toronto.

Tim Hortons restaurant owners from Toronto helped load the truck and stayed to volunteer their time sorting food.

“We can have all the food in the world, but it won’t matter if we don’t have enough trucks to get it out to where it’s needed most. We are very grateful for the generous donation made by Tim Hortons owners that allowed us to purchase another vehicle. A truck of this size will allow us to move a lot more food a lot more quickly”, said Gail Nyberg, executive director at Daily Bread Food Bank.

“On behalf of all Toronto Tim Hortons owners, we are thrilled to be able to present this truck to the Daily Bread Food Bank,” said Josee Bernier, Tim Hortons restaurant owner in Toronto. “There are so many people in our community in need of help and we know this donation will go that extra mile in delivering food to the hungry.”


Justin Bieber visiting Daily Bread Food Bank

In December, Tim Hortons paid us a visit along with special guest Justin Bieber! You can see for yourself on MuchMusic’s Home for the Holidays video clip or some more photos of his visit here on Flickr.

Date Added: January 11, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, News — Jessica @ 9:08 pm

Bentall Kennedy raises nearly $30,000!

Bentall Kennedy staff hit the streets of Toronto during their corporate conference that took place in October to launch their national 2012 Social Responsibility Program – Fare Fight for Food.

The proceeds collected from the launch event benefited Daily Bread Food Bank.  Similar to the popular TV Show “The Apprentice” Bentall Kennedy employees were put into seven teams and were challenged to fundraise for the food bank.  Armed with a branded apron, collection tins, creative costumes and determination, the corporate team building initiative was a success – to date, nearly $30,000 was collected for Daily Bread Food Bank.


Date Added: January 9, 2012 | Filed under: Blog — Jessica @ 10:34 pm

Holiday Drive is over and results are in!

Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive officially ended on January 3rd and the results are in! Thanks to your generous donations over the holiday, we have raised $1.5 million and 1.1 million pounds of food. Our goals were $1.2 million and 1.2 million pounds of food. With the financial goal exceeding $1.2 million, this money will allow us to distribute food, support food security programs and buy food over and above what is donated.

Last year Daily Bread spent over a million dollars purchasing food to make sure we had enough of our most needed food items along with fresh, perishable food (such as eggs and yogurt) to send out to the 170 member agencies that your donations help support. Food donations and financial donations also help support our Food Services Training Program, where trainees learn valuable job skills and help make some of the over 150,000 meals that are sent out to hostels, shelters and drop in programs across the city.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the people, groups and companies who organized events large and small to help support us, from the downtown law firm challenge to the public school drives. A special thank you to our media supporters including CBC Toronto, Citytv, Breakfast Television and AM680 News.

Thank you all for your support! Your generous donations mean we can continue to provide food for the next few winter months.

To see a full list of the member agencies that run food programs supported by your donations, click here.

Date Added: January 4, 2012 | Filed under: Events, News — Jessica @ 9:10 pm