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TFC Game June 1st – Donate to Daily Bread!

As part of Purolator’s Tackle for Hunger program,  Toronto FC will be collecting donations for Daily Bread Food Bank before their game against Philadelphia Union on Saturday, June 1st.

All fans who donate that day will be entered into a random draw to win a team-autographed TFC jersey and any fan who donates 3 non-perishable food items or $5 will receive an autographed TFC mini-pennant.

Who: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

Where: BMO Field

When: Saturday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets to the game are still available, and can be purchased through the Toronto FC website:


Date Added: May 27, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Anderson @ 1:07 pm

Giving Back

By Bill Colbary, Communications Volunteer

Volunteers here usually bounce around from need to need. Filling in where the bodies are most helpful at the time. Carla has managed to showcase her abilities in the kitchen to a point where, she does many things, but one in particular extremely well. Dish washing. For an industrial-sized kitchen, this isn’t tidying up after dinner with the kids. This is a massive amount of cleaning, and it’s a constant tidal wave that rarely subsides until the clock hits 2p .m. Even then, she would stay to help if needed, ‘cause that’s the kind of lady she is.

“I just love it there. I love the staff, the volunteers are great, and they treat me very, very well.”

Her attitude is infectious, a real morale-booster in the kitchen. She’s gifted with a snappy sense of humour that can rock you back on your heals if you’re not careful. I myself often let my guard down, just to see what she’s holding back and there is seemingly no end to the jabs or the positive go get ’em work ethic. The work can be repetitive and when she works her magic, everyone within earshot can’t help but laugh, and find that spring in their step again.

“Every pot, dish, spoon or fork I wash I’m helping someone. Daily Bread was there for me, I’m always there for them. It just makes sense to give back.”

She recounts being approached by visitors at Daily Bread for full-time work –”a good ole’ fashion poaching” as Carla recounts. All offers are promptly turned down. She feels that she already has a full-time job with people that need and respect her. Her family. One obvious difference is that families fight, volunteers rarely do, which bolsters her need to contribute to the cause and help fight hunger

When asked for advice for those of us sitting on the volunteering fence, she said (with a grin): “get up off your duff, and just do it. You won’t regret it. If you do…you’ll have me to answer to.”

What does the future hold for Carla?

“I’m not going anywhere unless they throw me out,” she says with a laugh. I play back the way she laughed about that on my digital recorder sometimes. I like to remember what a real trooper sounds like when they’re having fun.

Date Added: May 24, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer, Volunteer Opportunities — Tags: — Anita @ 11:09 am

May 28 – Dave Matthews Band collecting donations

On Tuesday, May 28, the Dave Matthews Band has asked concert-goers to donate non-perishable food items to Daily Bread Food Bank. Daily Bread volunteers will be at the gates of the Molson Amphitheatre to collect food and fund donations before the concert.

Once inside the concert, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a custom Dave Matthews Band seed packet for $5. Those funds will be used to purchase fresh produce from a local farmer that will also be donated to Daily Bread to help provide nutritious food to those in need.

The Dave Matthews Band is touring across the country, and as part of the Bama Green Project, in partnership with REVERB, are promoting the awareness of issues around sustainability and food. Looking for more information or tickets? Check out the Dave Matthews Band website.

Date Added: May 16, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Events, Fundraising Events, News — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 10:25 am

Canstruction volunteers needed for June 8

UPDATE – We are now full for June 2 and June 9. Volunteer spots are still available June 2.

Canstruction 2013 – June 2 and 8

Canstruction 2010Taking place in the Cadillac Fairview buildings at Bay and Wellington in Toronto, Canstruction is a fantastic event where over 20 local architectural and design firms compete to see who can create the best structures built entirely of canned goods. After the week-long event, all food is donated to Daily Bread. We’re looking for up to 100 volunteers to help deliver and take down food at the event.

This will be a physical day of work; we need volunteers capable of lifting 20 pounds and moving skids of food for at least four hours on the following days:

Saturday, June 8 from 2:30 p.m to 10 p.m. – Tearing down structures and putting food in bins.

Sign up for one day, or both days, for a minimum of 4 hours per day. Earn your high school volunteer hours! If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Alisha at or by phone at 416-203-0050 ext. 228.

Visit the Canstruction website to see the structures from last year and for more information on this event at

Date Added: May 13, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer Opportunities — Anderson @ 12:11 pm

Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge raises $90,000 for kitchen programs

Daily Bread’s second annual chef competition and foodie fundraiser served up delicious food and great entertainment for 250 people down at Corus Quay Wednesday night. The event raised $90,000 to help support Daily Bread’s kitchen programs. These programs provide 170,000 nutritious meals annually to shelters, schools and other meal programs serving low-income children and adults at more than 100 community agencies in neighbourhoods across Toronto.

Three chefs including Jason Parsons (Executive Chef, Peller Estates Winery Restaurant), Alexandra Feswick (Executive Chef, The Samuel J. Moore at The Great Hall) and Devan Rajkumar (Executive Chef, Bosch & Branding Chef, Food Dudes) sliced, diced and cooked their way through the evening. They showed off their talent at their signature dish stations at the beginning of the evening, before getting to the main event – a timed competition in front of the crowd. Each chef had 30 minutes to complete a dish that was judged on taste, presentation, creativity and use of ingredients commonly found in a food hamper box.

The winner, as chosen by judges Arlene Dickinson (CBC’s Dragons’ Den and The Big Decision), Melissa Grelo (Co-Host, CP24 Breakfast), Erin Davis (Co-Host, CHFI’s Morning Show), Leslie Roberts (Anchor, News Hour and News Hour Final at Global Toronto) and Suman Roy (Executive Chef, Campbell Company of Canada), was Alexandra Feswick, who made a Western Falafel using chick peas, spiced yoghurt and lentils. Devan Rajkumar won Fan Favourite with a Vegetarian Slider (pita bread, cheese, canned pineapple) and Jason Parsons made a delicious dish of Ham, Cheese and Potato Croquettes (which included canned ham). Many thanks to hosts Humble Howard (The Humble and Fred Radio Show), Josie Dye (Host, 102.1 The Edge and Cosmo TV) and Preet Banerjee (Oprah Winfrey Network Canada’s Million Dollar Neighbourhood)!

Sponsored by Campbell’s, Nutella, Canadian Pacific and hosted at the beautiful Corus Quay thanks to support from Corus Entertainment, guests enjoyed signature dishes from the chefs, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen, as well as dessert from Dufflet’s, wine from Peller Estates, beer from Beau’s and coffee from Balzac’s. Dozens of companies including Porter Airlines and Loblaws also supported the event with donations for prizes and the silent auction.

You can check out more pictures of the event on Facebook by clicking here.

Date Added: May 10, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 2:46 pm