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We’ve exceeded our Thanksgiving Drive goals – thanks to you!

Donors across the city pitch in to raise much-needed funds and food

Our Thanksgiving Drive ended Saturday – and it ended on a high note. Thanks to people just like you – our incredible friends and supporters – we raised a staggering $322,000 and 218,000 pounds of food. Thank you.

Breakfast Television/CityNews drive October 9.

Breakfast Television/CityNews drive October 9.

Reaching our fall goals sets the stage for the months ahead. It means as winter approaches, we can continue to provide nutritious food to people in our communities who need it most. It also means we’re here for people with services and programs they need to get back on their feet; job training and education, social assistance and affordable housing.

“There are thousands of people in our city struggling to make ends meet,” says Gail Nyberg, Executive Director at Daily Bread Food Bank. “These people count on Daily Bread. And we count on you. That’s why I’m thrilled that so many of you joined us again this Thanksgiving in the fight against hunger.”

Every day, we’re inspired by the people who make our work at Daily Bread possible – our donors. Together we’re achieving remarkable things in our communities. Thank you.


Some of our most-needed food donations, including canned/dried beans, rice, pasta, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, canned tuna and fish, soup, powdered milk and baby food.

Volunteers sorting through food donations on Thanksgiving weekend

Volunteers sorting through food donations on Thanksgiving weekend.


Date Added: October 21, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Thanksgiving Drive — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 1:53 pm

Congratulations to the OPS!

The OPS Fall Food Drive helped raise over 56,000 pounds of food and almost $11,000 for Daily Bread’s Thanksgiving Drive. Thank you to all the generous OPS employees in Toronto who donated to this drive!

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Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, News, Thanksgiving Drive — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 10:39 am

12 Tips to Get You to the Starting Line and Beyond

  1. Race kit pick-up. You can pick up your race kit on Friday, October 18 from 11-8 or Saturday, October 19 from 10-6 at Hall D, Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place. You can also have a friend pick up your race kit if that’s easier. Follow this link for more information.
  2. 5k Start Time is 8:00 at the Ex, the Half Marathon and Full Marathon start at 8:45. Have a good plan to get to the start line, as it’s usually fairly hectic as 25,000 people converge on one spot.  Your best bet usually is to have someone drive you as close to the start line as possible and walk the rest of the way. A little walk is also good for a warm-up and calming the nerves. I hate arriving too early to races – standing around for a while wastes precious energy and usually makes you more nervous. But with all the chaos of the start, don’t take anything to chance. Get there early enough to feel comfortable. You don’t want to be like Jean-Paul from the Seinfeld episode, arriving late for your race! There is no need for the added stress.
  3. Water. There is tons of water and Gatorade on the course, so there is no need to bring any. However, I personally have trouble drinking out of paper cups while on the run. The only realistic way I can do it is to stop and walk. When I stop, I find it hard to get going again. So I’ll be bringing water in my fuel belt, as usual, frozen the night before so it’s good and cold for the whole race. A good strategy though, if you think you might need short walks, is to use the fuel stations to take those little breaks. Get your water or Gatorade, and take a walk to make sure you get it all down instead of all over you. You’ll feel at least a bit refreshed and ready to go again.
  4. Don’t wait until the morning of to do the small things. Do things like lay out your race clothes, pin your bib to your shirt, get your gels together, etc. the night before. You don’t want to be scrambling around the morning of the race.
  5. Do not wear anything new. Do not wear new clothes or, heaven forbid, a new pair of shoes. Everything you do and wear for the race should be the same as what you’ve done in all your training runs, including what you eat (see below). It’s generally not a good idea to wear the STWM t-shirt either, since you probably won’t have a chance to wash or wear it in advance which could cause chaffing. Wear that later as a badge of pride!
  6. Eat a high carb breakfast about 2-3 hours before the start time. My breakfast of choice will be a large bowl of oatmeal, with a banana and maple syrup. It’s very high in carbs, and makes me feel full but not stuffed. This is the exact same meal I have been eating every morning before a long run. Eat a good amount of carbs, but don‘t eat anything out of the ordinary! Whatever you’ve been eating before training runs is what you should eat on the morning of the race. This not a time to be experimenting!
  7. If you drink coffee, have a small one with your breakfast. Caffeine is actually a legal performance enhancer. Whether or not you normally drink coffee or tea, it’s not a bad idea to have some caffeine prior to the run.  But don’t drink too much or you’ll have to pee! 6 hour energy is a good alternative to coffee, if that is worry for you. The other good think about coffee though, not to be gross, is that it gets your bowels moving. A clear-out is good before a race! (Again, not trying to be gross here).
  8. Washrooms are almost always very busy. My experience with the STWM is the port-o-potties usually have really big lines. Try to identify a good washroom close but slightly off the start line. Last year, the Yonge-Dundas Square washrooms were open, were not too busy and are within 5 minutes of the half and full marathon start line. Make sure you use the washroom before the race! There is nothing worse than having to take a pit stop during the race! (There are port-o-potties on the course).
  9. Buy a cheap sweatshirt to wear until the start of the race. Go to Goodwill or Value Village and pick up a cheap sweatshirt to wear over your running shirt on the morning of. As of writing, the high for October 20 is expected to be 12 – decent but cool for running in a t-shirt. At 8:00 or 8:45, though, before you get going, it’ll be chilly. A sweatshirt will keep your muscles warm, and you can take it off and drop it at the starting chute just before the race starts. Event staff will pick up all discarded clothing and donate it back to Goodwill where you got it. Consider it another small donation to a good charity!
  10. Don’t let the adrenaline of the start line push you to run too fast at the start of the race! You’ll have tons of nervous energy, thousands of people around you, music blaring, the race starter pumping everyone up, plus you’ll feel as good as you’re going to get physically. All of that makes it really easy to run too fast at the start. Don’t do it! You’ll pay for it with added fatigue at the end. Whatever your chosen pace is, stick with it or even run a bit slower for the first few kilometers until you settle down and are into the flow of the race. As I wrote here, running too fast at the start is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, and trust me, it’s easy to do.
  11. Have a plan to meet up with family and friends afterward. The end point of all the races (5k, half and full marathons) is Nathan Phillips Square. It’ll be busy, so have a plan for where to meet people.
  12. Enjoy it! Running a 5k, half marathon or marathon are all difficult. But the energy and the enthusiastically cheering crowds will get you through. (I’m trying to remember that too, as I’m a little bit scared at the moment!). Enjoy it, as running these distances is a pretty big accomplishment. And the after race pint will make it all worthwhile!

By Michael Oliphant, Lace Up for Hunger Team Captain


Date Added: October 18, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — Anderson @ 3:11 pm

Thanksgiving Drive: We’re so close!

The Thanksgiving Drive ends this Saturday, which means there is still time to help us reach our goals and we’re so close!

So far, your generous donations have helped us raise $289,000 and 198,000 pounds of food.

Our goals are $300,000 and 200,000 pounds of food.

You can donate online by clicking here. Donations of nutritious, non-perishable food can be dropped off at any local fire hall in Toronto. Find out where your closest drop off location is by clicking here.

Date Added: October 17, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, News, Thanksgiving Drive — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 11:45 am

Thanks Unilever Rexdale Canada!

A shout out to the Unilever Rexdale Canada Team for giving back and then some.  They came. They gave. And then they gave some more.  Recently the team spent a day in the warehouse and sorted enough food to fill about 300 hampers. They brought with them about four pallets of Hellman’s mayonnaise and Becel margarine food donations. And then, just in time for Thanksgiving, Rodolfo Mure from Unilever dropped by to bring us a very generous cash donation.

Meet the team here:

Date Added: October 15, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News — Tags: — Anderson @ 2:39 pm

STWM: 10 Days to Go: How Fast Should I Run?

People say your goal when running your first marathon should simply be to finish. I think that is rubbish.

If just finishing was the goal, I could have done half the amount of training I did and I’m positive I could finish a five hour marathon without difficulty. But if I put in just under 1,000 kilometres of training so far, and with a week and a half to go, I want to make sure I am testing myself at least a bit. My goal time (and my extension pace) might be slightly on the conservative side, but I will be pushing for a good time.

So with just over a week to go to my first marathon I have been pondering the important question: how fast should I run?

I have learned a lot about the importance of pacing during my training. A lot of people run with the strategy of going fast off the start, and hope to hang in there at the end. This might be okay for a 5k and maybe a 10k, but is a terrible strategy for longer races.

I’ll give an example why. One week I did a Sunday long run of 23k. My target pace was in the range of 5:45-6:00 minutes per kilometre. In the early part of the run, I felt really strong (we all do at the start) and found myself running in the 5:10-5:15 range. I kept that up for about 10-12 kilometres. After that, I started noticeably slowing. It was that muggy hot week we had back in July, and by the end I was running well over 6:00 minutes per kilometre. My final average pace was 5:53/km.

For my next long run of 25k, I thought that if I’m going to end up at an average pace of 5:53 anyway, why not start there and save myself the pain of running fast at the start? I held myself back for the first ten kilometers, and actually came in at a slightly faster average pace of 5:46/km on the longer 25k run, and had the strength to pick up the pace at the end instead of fading. This taught me the lesson that running too fast at the start will actually lose time at the end of long runs. You are far better off running at a fairly consistent pace throughout.

Which brings me to my target pace for the marathon.

There are a few websites that have calculators that help you decide what pace and goal time is realistic for you at a range of distances based on runs you have already done. Two of the most highly rated ones can be accessed at and

Plugging in my best half marathon time (run at last year’s STWM), my Midsummer Night’s Run 30k time from August, and some recent training runs suggest the target pace ranges I’ve been considering should be realistic for me, even slightly conservative.

And to really test them out, for the past few weeks I’ve been incorporating more “race pace” runs into my training – that is runs, or parts of runs, at my target pace.

For example, my final long run was 35k, with the last 15 run at my target pace. Each of my last two 21k runs were at target pace or faster. The last one, in fact, I managed to beat my half marathon personal best and ran about 15-20 seconds per kilometer faster than my race pace, without feeling overly fatigued at the end. Having run these well has given me the confidence that my pacing is about right and that I should be able to push for a good time.

I think the challenge for me, and most runners, will be to keep to my pace at the beginning and not go out too fast, potentially setting me up for trouble later on.

The start line of the STWM is pure adrenaline and nerves; 25,000 people lined up, music blaring, spectators cheering. It’s easy to want to just take off while you feel good and get way ahead of goal pace. For the sake of a faster finishing time, I for one will be starting slow!

By Michael Oliphant, Lace Up for Hunger Team Captain

Run with Daily Bread’s Lace Up for Hunger team at this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Date Added: October 10, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 2:32 pm

Volunteers sorting food donations at Daily Bread on Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving Drive Public Food Sorts

Hundreds of volunteers will be sorting and packing food donations during the Thanksgiving weekend at Daily Bread Food Bank. On Saturday, October 12, Canadian Olympians will be volunteering their time along with members of the community.

The Thanksgiving Drive ends on October 19 with goals of $300,000 and 200,000 pounds of food. As of Wednesday, October 9, $177,000 and 61,000 pounds of food have been donated.

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

Saturday, October 12
10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (with special guests, Canadian Olympians)
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, October 14
10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Daily Bread Food Bank
191 New Toronto Street (Off Islington, north of Lakeshore)

The fastest, easiest way to make a financial donation is online at 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 or participating grocery stores. Most needed food items include canned fish, peanut butter, rice, pasta, tomato sauce, canned/dried beans, baby food and formula, powdered milk and canned fruits and vegetables.

For more information: 
Sarah Anderson
Senior Manager, Communications
T: 416-203-0050 ext. 238
C: 416-450-2196

Date Added: October 9, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Fall Drive, News, Public Food Sorts — Anita @ 2:24 pm

Power of 2: Toronto vs. Vancouver!

Power of 2 is an online competition to see which city is the most giving: Toronto or Vancouver. Proceeds go to fighting hunger in both cities: Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, and to our sister food bank in the west, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Investors Group has made a generous contribution of $15,000 to get the ball rolling, with $7,500 going to Toronto and Vancouver.

The competition ends in 14 days. You can give and share the campaign at

Watch the video below to find a little bit more about Daily Bread!

Power of 2 – Daily Bread Food Bank Toronto from Power of 2 on Vimeo.





Date Added: October 7, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, News — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 12:35 pm

Halloween Community Night

UPDATE October 17: FULLY BOOKED. No more volunteers needed.

What are you doing October 30? Why not come down to Daily Bread that evening and help sort food donations! Costumes aren’t mandatory, but they are highly recommended (after all, it is a Halloween Community Night. There will be a special table for people dressed up as zombies, led by our zombie Production Manager, Kelee. The volunteer shift is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Spots will fill up fast. To find out more information, or to register, please click here.

If you are wearing a costume, please make sure it’s one that you don’t mind doing some physical activity in! Being able to move around and pick up boxes will be an important part of your food sorting job.

Date Added: October 4, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer, Volunteer Opportunities — Anderson @ 4:41 pm