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Donate before December 31 for a tax receipt

It’s not too late to donate for a 2012 tax receipt. If you would like to make a donation on or before December 31 it is easy to give!

1)       Make a gift online until 11:59 p.m. on December 31

2)       Call our donations line at (416) 203-0050

  • on December 26 (Boxing Day) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • on December 27 or 28 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • on December 31 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Please note that our phone lines are closed on the weekend, but you can donate online  24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

3)    Mail us your donation and make sure it is postmarked on or before December 31. Cheques can be made out to Daily Bread Food Bank and mailed to 191 New Toronto Street, Toronto, Ontario, M8V 2E7.

 


Date Added: December 28, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, News — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 12:36 pm



Daily Bread beats Holiday Drive goal of $1.7 million

Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive has exceeded its new financial goal of $1.7 million and raised $1.85 million. While the Holiday Drive started with a goal of $1.5 million, slow food donations meant a last-minute increase to the financial goal with the hope of having enough money donated to make up for a shortfall in food donations.

“We set a goal of trying to raise a million pounds of food. A month into the drive, we weren’t even halfway there. We needed to make sure we had either enough food donated or enough money to buy food so we increased our financial goal,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director. “Our dollar does stretch further, so that extra $350,000 will make sure our shelves are full and ensures we have enough for food hampers in January, February and March.”

Nyberg made the announcement this morning at Daily Bread’s warehouse where, for the second day in a row, over 300 volunteers helped sort through some of the 545,000 pounds of food donated so far.

“It’s always great to see so many volunteers here on their holidays helping. I’m reminded of all the time and energy spent by countless people this holiday season that I don’t get to see first-hand, who organized fundraising events, collected food at work or school and helped support all that we do to fight hunger,” said Nyberg. “I want to thank every donor who has contributed to this drive.”

Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive officially ends on December 31. As of December 27, $1.85 million and 545,000 pounds of food have been donated. Nutritious, non-perishable food donations can still be dropped off at any local fire hall, Loblaws, No Frill, valu-mart or participating grocery store. 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 or powdered milk. Daily Bread does not receive any funding from the United Way.

To get your donation in on time to receive a tax receipt for 2012, donations can be made easily and securely online at www.dailybread.ca or by mailing a cheque by December 31 to Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto St., Toronto, Ontario, M8V 2E7.


Date Added: December 27, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 11:37 am



Citytv’s Spirit of the Season raises over $38,000

The lobby of the Sheraton Centre hotel is a-buzz with television personalities, fans, and jolly old Saint Nick for Citytv’s fifth annual Spirit of the Season holiday party, benefiting Daily Bread Food Bank.  This annual party is a full-day event starting at 5:30a.m. with Breakfast Television and ending at 6p.m. with CityNews at Six.  Viewers are invited to take part in live television and learn more about how Daily Bread Food Bank helps fight hunger every day of the year.

For many of Citytv’s regular viewers the Spirit of the Season holiday party has become a yearly tradition drawing in over 300 people alone for the live broadcast of Breakfast Television, attracting both regular viewers and visitors who were in for a little holiday treat while staying at the hotel.  This lighthearted event is not only a fundraising event but also raises awareness about poverty.  With face painting, live entertainment and on-air giveaways, this event delivered a fun day of live television that put everyone in the holiday spirit and made them a little more aware of hunger in Toronto.

While the day was winding down there was still a festive spirit in the hotel lobby with another visit from Santa. Over $38,000 and 3200 pounds of food was raised to help fight hunger this holiday season. A big thank you to Walmart for stepping up and generously donating $30,000 to Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive!

by Kate Grant, Communications Volunteer


Date Added: December 24, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, Holiday Drive — Anita @ 11:20 am



Media Advisory – Dec 26 & 27 Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts

Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts

Almost six hundred volunteers on December 26 and 27 will be sorting and packing food donations from the Holiday Drive at Daily Bread Food Bank.

With only 500,000 pounds of food donated so far, Daily Bread is looking to raise 500,000 pounds more or an additional $200,000 to purchase food and reach the Holiday Drive goal of a million pounds. Daily Bread’s original financial goal was $1.5 million, but is now $1.7 million if food donations continue to be low. Donations during the Holiday Drive will help keep Daily Bread shelves stocked and food going out to those who need it for the next few winter months.

Note: Daily Bread is fully booked for public sorting. No volunteers are required.

WHEN

Wednesday, December 26
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. AND 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 27
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. AND 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE         

Daily Bread Food Bank

191 New Toronto Street (Off Islington, north of Lakeshore)

GENERAL FOOD DRIVE INFORMATION

The fastest, easiest way to make a financial donation is online at www.dailybread.ca. You can also mail cheques to: Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto Street, Toronto, ON  M8V 2E7. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall, Loblaws, valu-mart or No Frills. Most needed food donations include canned fruit/vegetables, canned meat or fish, dried or canned beans and lentils, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned soup and stew, baby food and formula, canned/powdered or tetra pak cartons of milk.

 

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For more information: 

Sarah Anderson

Senior Manager,Communications

T: 416-203-0050 ext. 238

C: 416-450-2196
E: sarah@dailybread.ca

 


Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 9:57 am



Holiday Drive short thousands of pounds of food

As people gear up for this season of giving, Daily Bread is asking people to think about their neighbours in need this holiday. With only 375,000 pounds of food donated, Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive has just over two weeks to raise 625,000 pounds to meet its goal of one million pounds of food.

“There are so many people right now organizing events, food drives or donating to help people in this city who are hungry and I am so grateful to them,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director. Daily Bread is hoping the people of Toronto can help make a difference by donating food or money to the Holiday Drive, which ends on December 31.

“We’re also looking to raise $1.5 million and we’re now at just over a million dollars. What has me the most concerned is how behind in food donations we are. They’re trickling in, but we need a lot more to make sure our shelves are full this winter,” said Nyberg. “I’m hoping that while people are out grocery shopping this weekend for Christmas dinner, they’ll think about picking up a bit extra for those who need it most. And if we can’t reach our food goal, I’m hoping we can exceed our financial goal so that we can use the money to make up for the shortfall in food donations.”

Nutritious, non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at local fire halls, Loblaws, No Frills, valu-mart or a participating grocery store. 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 or powdered milk. Daily Bread does not receive any funding from the United Way.

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, M8V 2E7.


Date Added: December 19, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 9:47 am



Citytv’s Spirit of the Season

Friday, December 21st at Sheraton Centre (downtown Toronto)

Starting at 5:30 a.m. with Breakfast Television Bring a donation of non-perishable food or money for Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive.

Can’t make it? Watch live online, or make a donation right now.


Date Added: December 18, 2012 | Filed under: Events, Holiday Drive — Anita @ 10:04 am



Breakfast Television’s Xmas Tree Sale raises over $12,000

When the sun came up on Friday December 14th the party at Yonge and Dundas Square was already well under way!

Staff from Home Depot, Breakfast Television and Daily Bread Food Bank were joined by hundreds of people braving the early morning chill in search of the perfect Christmas tree. For the 6th year in a row, Home Depot donated over 1000 locally grown trees while Breakfast Television organized the party and brought their cameras! The event drew crowds with trees of all sizes available for a minimum donation of $10, with all proceeds going directly to Daily Bread Food Bank.

Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director, commented on the great party atmosphere that was created thanks to the dedication and support of Home Depot and Breakfast Television. With a band singing Christmas carols, free hot drinks from Tassimo and lots of prizes to be won from Home Depot – energy and spirits were high!  Ray Goral and Thomas McCulloch of Home Depot had been up since 4:30 a.m. making sure that all of the trees were ready to go. For them, this event is all about giving back.  And with over 30 staff associates volunteering their time, one of the benefits is that it really builds community and brings people together for a great cause.  The energy of volunteers was truly infectious as they sang and danced with everyone in line and brought out the smiles on both young and old.

In just a few hours almost all of the trees had found a home for the holidays and Daily Bread Food Bank was one big step closer to reaching their holiday goals with the event raising over $12,000. Each month Daily Bread member agencies receive over 67,000 visits from children and adults. To help provide much needed support, Daily Bread Food Bank is hoping to raise $1.5 million dollars and collect 1 million pounds of food. With just over a week until Christmas, you can still help make this goal a reality and provide support to food banks and meal programs across Toronto during this holiday season.

By Heather Brady, Communications Volunteer


Date Added: December 17, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, Holiday Drive, News — Anita @ 10:33 am



Sounds of the Season

The atrium at Glenn Gould studio is full of busy volunteers and excited individuals who have all turned out for CBC Toronto’s Sounds of the Season event to help support local food banks in the GTA.  This event happens annually at the beginning of December and brings together local Toronto talent for a day of live broadcasting from CBC’s headquarters in downtown Toronto.  Starting at 5:30 a.m. with Metro Morning and wrapping up around 6:30 p.m. with the news, it gives people of all ages the opportunity to not only help out a worthy cause but get an inside view of just how broadcasting works.

Gail Nyberg of Daily Bread Food Bank said that the best moment for her was when all of the other banks stepped up to both BMO’s and Matt Galloway’s challenge to donate.  Nyberg said that places like Daily Bread are much more than just a food bank, they “are a centre for hope, a centre for bringing people together.” Nyberg said that it is important for people to come out and hear about poverty and how they can help and she knows that the staff at CBC  care deeply about Toronto and this isn’t just another day at work for them – from producers to hosts and musical guests, everyone participating at Sounds of the Season is trying to make a difference.

All of the people in attendance were in high spirits enjoying everything that the day had to offer, coming out to not only enjoy a day of music but also to help fight hunger and learn more about poverty.

“We always listen to the CBC and it’s for a good cause so we’re here,” said Derek and Ariel who came to Sounds of the Season for the third year in a row.

While the day wound down, many people where still rushing to bid on the silent auction and cheering when it was announced that Sounds of the Season had raised over $250,000 and 10,000 lbs of food — proving that people do care about poverty and are hungry to learn more.

By Kate Grant, Communications Volunteer


Date Added: December 10, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Sounds of the Season — Anderson @ 1:04 pm



CBC Toronto’s Sounds of the Season Dec. 7

Starting at 5:30 a.m. with Matt Galloway and Metro Morning, CBC Toronto kicks off its annual fundraising event for local food banks with an all-day broadcasting extravaganza down at the CBC building (250 Front Street West). Shows like Metro Morning and Here and Now will broadcast live from the Glenn Gould Studio, while other shows like Fresh Air will tape their broadcast in front of a live studio audience that you can come down and be a part of!

There will be amazing special guests like Nelly Furtado, Skydiggers and Blind Boys of Alabama performing live, meet and greets with your favourite CBC personalities in the atrium and a silent auction with great prizes. Find out more about what’s happening at this year’s Sounds of the Season by clicking here.

Can’t make it down tomorrow? Listen to CBC Radio One at 99.1FM or tune in to CBC Toronto News starting at 5 p.m.

Donate online right now and help make a difference!

 


Date Added: December 6, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, Events, Fundraising Events, News, Sounds of the Season — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 2:47 pm



Food Bank Use Hits Record High in Ontario

A new report released on Monday by the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) revealed alarming new data: food bank use in Ontario has hit an all-time high, with over 412,000 Ontarians accessing food support and hunger-relief programs every month.

In this community alone there are almost 67,000 visits from children and adults accessing our member agencies every month.

The Ontario Association of Food Banks is continuing to pursue the recommendations for change that it made in its 2011 Hunger Report, including advocating for a housing benefit for low income individuals. Find out more about a proposed Ontario housing benefit here http://www.dailybread.ca/learning-centre/housing-benefit/

The Ontario Hunger Report is a compilation of data collected through the annual HungerCount report of Food Banks Canada. The full report is available online at www.OAFB.ca.


Date Added: December 4, 2012 | Filed under: Blog, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 11:20 am