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Hot Docs “The Starfish Throwers” co-presentation

We are very happy to announce that we will be co-presenting the film The Starfish Throwers at this years Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival!

The film explores the stories of how three compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless. View the trailer.

THE STARFISH THROWERS // Project Teaser #1 from Jesse Roesler on Vimeo.


Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a retired school teacher and a young girl discover how their small efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. Award-winning Indian chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Mr. Law battles personal health issues as he hand delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry. This inspiring and heartwarming documentary tells the tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and prove the doubters wrong.

The festival runs from April 24 to May 4.

Hart House Theatre – Sat, Apr 26 3:30 PM

ROM Theatre – Mon, Apr 28 10:30 AM

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 – Sun, May 4 9:00 PM

Buy tickets.

Date Added: March 27, 2014 | Filed under: Events, News — Jessica @ 1:44 pm

Volunteer for the Spring Drive!

Support Daily Bread by helping us collect much need food this spring. We are looking for volunteers to help hand out our food drive bags outside participating grocery stores. This is a family friendly event and the impact you will make is HUGE!

Shifts are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on two weekends: April 19, and April 26 and 27.

Please note, anyone under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

There are five locations across Toronto where you can volunteer:

Loblaws @ 396 St. Clair Ave W

Loblaws @ 2280 Dundas Ave W

Loblaws @ 380 The East Mall

Loblaws @ 650 Dupont St


Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens @ 60 Carlton St

Interested? Register online by clicking the locations above and choosing the shift and date you would like to sign up for. Have questions? Email if you have any questions.

Date Added: March 25, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive, Volunteer Opportunities — Anderson @ 9:58 am

Toronto’s Municipal Election

Recently, many media outlets reported that Daily Bread’s executive director, Gail Nyberg, is supporting John Tory’s mayoral candidacy in this year’s municipal election. While Gail Nyberg is supporting this campaign, she is doing so as a private citizen and on her own personal time.

Daily Bread Food Bank is not supporting any single campaign and remains non-partisan. With 946,000 food bank visits in Toronto last year, we will continue to work with all candidates to make hunger and poverty an important election issue.

Daily Bread envisions a healthy, economically vibrant city where mothers and fathers don’t have to worry about their children going to bed hungry; where safe, affordable housing allows neighbourhoods to thrive; where good job opportunities will help lift people out of poverty.

Re-posted from February 2014

Date Added: March 20, 2014 | Filed under: News — Anderson @ 10:23 am

A Poverty Reduction Strategy for Toronto

While many cities, regions and provinces (Calgary, Peel Region and Ontario) have poverty reduction strategies in place, the City of Toronto does not. And it needs one.

Open Letter to the Community Development and Recreation Committee (re-posted from Social Planning Toronto’s blog).

Councillor Anthony Peruzza, Chair, and
Councillors Maria Augimeri, Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc and
Kristyn Wong-Tam

Community Development and Recreation Committee
City of Toronto, 100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

March 17, 2014

Honourable Chair and Members, Community Development and Recreation Committee:

We are writing to urge Toronto City Council to develop and implement a Poverty Reduction Strategy for the City of Toronto.

Even though Toronto ranks as one of the wealthiest cities in Canada, poverty is undermining our prosperity and well-being. More than 1 in 5 Toronto residents live in poverty and that number rises to 1 in 3 for racialized groups. United Way Toronto research shows poverty is especially concentrated in the inner suburbs of the city. A University of Toronto study predicts that 60% of Toronto households could be low income by 2025.  And, in Toronto Community Foundation’s annual Vital Signs report, Toronto received a C grade on equality of income distribution, as the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow.

The cost – economic and social – of not taking action is too high and will continue to go up unless action is taken. While the City of Toronto supports a range of programs to prevent and alleviate the negative impacts of poverty, including housing, nutrition, recreation and child care services, the City lacks a comprehensive strategy to reduce and eliminate poverty amongst children, youth, working-age adults, immigrants, racialized groups and seniors.

Municipal governments can play a key role in reducing poverty through the coordination and delivery of front line services, citizen engagement, cross-sectoral planning and advocacy for action by higher levels of government.  Municipalities can also align and mobilize partnerships across all sectors – private, community, labour and academia. Jurisdictions across Canada, including Ontario and the Region of Peel, have developed and implemented strategies to reduce poverty.  It is time for the City of Toronto to step up.

We, the undersigned, urge City Council to instruct staff to consult on and develop a poverty reduction strategy by the end of 2014, that is:

–          Comprehensive: staff from all relevant departments should be brought together to align ideas and objectives under the strategy.

–          Targeted: the strategy should set clear targets and identify measureable indicators.

–          Grounded in Community: a broad-based community advisory committee should be set up to help align the strategy with the needs of Toronto’s neighbourhoods.

–          Adequately Resourced: the City should work with other levels of government to make investments that help meet the targets.

–          Accountable: the progress of the strategy should be reported publicly on an annual basis.

Council should adopt and start to implement this strategy in early 2015.

As partners of the City in research, economic development, community engagement and service delivery, we are also committing to supporting this strategy in our respective roles and to collaborate towards its success.

Thank you for your commitment to reducing and eliminating poverty in Toronto, and for working to build a prosperous city where everyone has the chance to succeed and contribute.


Jehad Aliweiwi
Executive Director, Laidlaw Foundation

Sheila Block
Director, Economic Analysis, Wellesley Institute

Alan Broadbent
Chairman of Maytree Foundation and Chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation

John Brodhead
Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Cabinet Affairs, Office of the Premier of Ontario

Andrea Calver
Coordinator, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

John Campey
Executive Director, Social Planning Toronto

John Cartwright
President, Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Debbie Douglas
Executive Director, OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants)

Diane Dyson
Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto

Debbie Field
Executive Director, FoodShare

Rachel Grey
Executive Director, The Stop Community Food Centre

Margaret Hancock
Executive Director, Family Service Toronto

Sandy Houston
President and CEO, Metcalf Foundation

J David Hulchanski
Professor, University of Toronto

The Most Reverend Colin R. Johnson
Anglican Archbishop of Toronto and Metropolitan of Ontario

Mary Marrone
Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Income Security Advocacy Centre

Susan McIsaac
President and CEO, United Way Toronto

Dr. Rosemary Moodie,
Board President, YWCA Toronto

Gail Nyberg
Executive Director, Daily Bread Food Bank

Patricia O’Campo
Director, Centre for Research on Inner City Health
Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

David Rivard
Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

John Stapleton
Open Policy

Date Added: March 17, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Government, News, Policy — Anderson @ 1:42 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Are you going to the St. Patrick’s Day parade this Sunday? Don’t forget to bring down a donation of non-perishable food for Daily Bread! Toronto Paramedics will be collecting those donations along the parade route. Not sure what to bring? Some of our most needed food items include canned fish/meat, dried or canned beans and lentils, powdered milk, baby food and formula as well as canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice and pasta sauce.

The parade starts at noon at Bloor and St. George, finishing at Nathan Phillips Square. For more information on the St. Patrick’s Day parade, click here.

Date Added: March 14, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 11:49 am

March Break – Take Action Project



From March 7 to March 14, high school students ages 15 and up are invited to come in to volunteer during our regular business hours. Students will have the opportunity to help sort food donations, pack orders in the warehouse and work in the kitchen, all while completing their required 40 hours of community service. Advanced sign up is mandatory.

Click here for more information and to register.

Don’t miss this great March Break volunteer opportunity, spaces are limited!

Date Added: March 4, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Youth Program — Jessica @ 1:10 pm