Date Added: November 22, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: Daily Bread Food Bank, Holiday Drive, Toronto food banks — Anderson @ 9:39 am
While Santa Claus was getting kids in to the spirit of the season along the parade route in Toronto this past weekend, Daily Bread was getting ready for its annual Holiday Drive. The campaign officially starts today with the announcement of a goal to raise $1.5 million by December 31.
“The money raised during the Holiday Drive helps out people during some of the toughest winter months. It allows us to buy perishable food like meat, eggs and yogurt as well as fresh vegetables and fruit,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director. “It also means we can keep our trucks out on the road delivering food donations to those in need.”
In addition to a $1.5 million goal, Daily Bread is also looking to raise almost a million pounds of food. Most needed food items include pasta, dried/canned beans or lentils, rice, canned fruit and vegetables, baby formula and food, tomato sauce, peanut butter and canned/powdered milk.
While Daily Bread provides food for over 66,000 visits to food banks a month across Toronto, Nyberg said that it’s “important to remember that food banks and meal programs are often multi-service organizations that support people in so many different ways. Our member agencies, among other things, are also running cooking and nutrition classes, community gardens and pre-natal programs for expecting mothers.”
More than just a food bank, Daily Bread’s information and referral program trains volunteers to provide clients with information on social assistance, housing and education. An onsite food services training program provides valuable work experience through an intensive 16-week program in Daily Bread’s kitchen. Trainees in this program helped prepare some of the 170,000 meals that went out to shelters, hostels and meal programs last year.
Food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall, Loblaws, No Frills, valu-mart, Real Canadian Superstore or any participating grocery store. Financial donations can be made easily and securely online at www.dailybread.ca or by mailing a cheque to Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto St., Toronto, Ontario, M8V2E7.
Date Added: November 21, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, Holiday Drive, News — Anderson @ 10:06 am
Using art-based projects can be a powerful way of bringing a community together to help others, and to raise awareness of the challenges people in our city face when it comes to hunger. That’s what we aimed to achieve with our neighbours when we started DailyFlag for DailyBread, a month-long community art project. Neighbours in The Beach designed, made and displayed one flag each on their front lawn. Unveiled daily in our neighbourhood and on our website: www.dailyflagfordailybread.wordpress.com, each flag was then auctioned off online to the highest bidder from December 1st until January 12th.
“Daily Flag 1 (2011)″ by Benedict Hilliard at 60 Leuty Ave. This Flag raised $245 in the online auction last year.
Inspired by a neighbourhood “advent windows” project held in our old neighbourhood in London (UK), we wanted to bring a similar tradition to our new neighbourhood in Toronto (Canada). Three years ago, with the help of some talented friends, we made numbered paper flags that we stuck on poles on our front lawn each day from December 1st to 25th and then published photos of them on our Facebook pages. Friends and family from around the world followed our little project and started asking to buy them. We decided to offer them to the highest bidder and donate the money to Daily Bread Food Bank. We sold off about half the flags and raised $600.
By 2011, it was an official fundraising event that we called DailyFlag for DailyBread and the project was a terrific success. We asked 24 other houses on our street to take part and raised over $5,500 and over 700 pounds of food that included flag auction sales, donations from other neighbours and local businesses and students from Williamson Road Junior Public School.
This year we’re doing it all again, and we’ve set a goal of $7,500. Thirty-two houses in The Beach will creating and auctioning off flags. You can start bidding online at www.dailyflagfordailybread.wordpress.com from December 1st to January 12. Come down to The Beach to see the flags up close from December 1st to January 12th on Leuty and Violet Avenues.
– Benedict Hilliard & Michelynn Laflèche, DailyFlag for Daily Bread organizers and flag makers.
Date Added: November 7, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Meal Programs, News — Anita @ 12:58 pm
A new weekly meal program has opened in Sir Robert L. Borden Business and Technical Institute serving the Kingston/Galloway/Danzig neighbourhood, a result of an innovative partnership between the Toronto District School Board and Daily Bread Food Bank.
Students from Borden’s Culinary Program will plan, prepare and serve nutritious, hot meals with the additional help of a trainee from Daily Bread`s Food Services Training Program, and a number of Daily Bread’s cook instructors. At today’s launch, Daily Bread’s executive director, Gail Nyberg, and principal Anthony Hack joined students in welcoming the community.
“It`s a win-win situation for everyone. Daily Bread is able to open a program in an area that needs it. It`s a great educational opportunity as well as an opportunity for the students at Robert Borden to give back, and people struggling with hunger are able to get a nutritious meal,” said Gail Nyberg. “We hope that many other schools in Toronto will be able to see the benefit of providing educational opportunities for students at the same time as valuable services for their own communities.”
“Borden students and staff are very proud to be the first school to partner with Daily Bread to support our community,” said Anthony Hack, Principal, Sir Robert L. Borden BTI. “School should be about more than just learning from a textbook, and this opportunity allows students to take what happens in the classroom and make a real and relevant positive impact in the community.”
Robert Borden high school students serving at new meal program
Robert Borden principal Anthony Hack, with Daily Bread’s executive director Gail Nyberg.