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Canstruction raises 50,000 pounds of food for Daily Bread

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Have you ever tried to build a dinosaur out of canned food? How about a playground, a shark or a gigantic loonie? That’s what 19 groups did this past Monday night, spending hours building structures entirely out of canned food, as part of Canstruction.

Canstruction is an annual competition that sees teams of designers, architects and engineers donate their time and talent to build amazing canned food structures. Best of all, the food used to build these amazing structures is all donated to Daily Bread Food Bank.

Tuesday night the winners were announced in categories such as Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity and Juror’s Favourite.

Jennifer Bain, Toronto Star food columnist and Canstruction judge, announced the winner of Best Meal.

“Everybody deserves choice. Just because you use a food bank, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have choice”, said Jennifer. The winner of this category, AECOM, used a variety of canned and non-perishable food including whole wheat spaghetti, mixed beans, chick peas, fava beans, jackfruit, lychee as well as broccoli, celery and mushroom soups.

The real winner, as Daily Bread’s Executive Director Gail Nyberg told the crowd, are the thousands of people who are going to be using food banks this summer.

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Canstruction will be on display in various spots around the TD Towers until Saturday, May 31.

You have a chance to get in on the action by helping to vote for People’s Favourite online. Canstruction Toronto has posted all the entries in a photo album on Facebook. “Like” your favourite structure and the photo with most likes by June 2 wins! Click here to check out this year’s Canstruction entries and vote for your favourite!

We still need volunteers for Sunday June 1 to help us tear down! For more information or to sign up, click here.


Date Added: May 29, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Canstruction, Fundraising Events, In the News, News, Volunteer — Anita @ 3:26 pm



Community Night Sort on June 5!

Join us next Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and help sort food!

As part of the Corus Feeds Kids campaign, Q107, 102.1 the Edge and AM640 will be broadcasting live from Daily Bread’s warehouse. Come join the fun! There are limited spots available, and they will fill up fast! Families and community groups are welcome; children must be at least 8.
Advance registration is required! The shift is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 5. To register to volunteer, please contact learn@dailybread.ca.

The small but very important print – don’t forget to read!

• For health and safety reasons absolutely no children under the age of 8 are allowed in the warehouse. We are a working warehouse with forklifts and trucks and it is not safe for children under that age.
• Remember to wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and absolutely no open-toed shoes. No sandals, no peep toes…even when it’s warm outside, we have lots of things in the warehouse that can accidentally run over unsuspecting toes.
• Children and teenagers aged 8-17 must have a permission/waiver form signed by a parent or guardian and must bring the signed form with them on the day they are volunteering. Download, print and sign the form here (remember to bring it with you to your volunteer shift!)
• Volunteers aged 8-14 must also be accompanied by an adult alongside whom they will be volunteering throughout the shift.


Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer Opportunities — Anderson @ 2:52 pm



Vote for Sarah!

At only 11 years old, Sarah Jordan has already been running a food drive for six years. Involving her classmates, neighbours and local schools, Sarah’s Food Drive helped raise 37,000 pounds of food and $24,000 for Daily Bread this past Thanksgiving.

This year, in recognition of all her hard work raising awareness about hunger, Sarah is nominated for a Canadian Living Me to We award. If she wins, Daily Bread wins, with a $3000 donation as part of the prize.

The Canadian Living Me to We award is a way to show how youth can make a difference. Sarah is nominated for an award in Youth in Action (12 and under). How can she win? With your vote!

Click here to vote for Sarah and help Daily Bread win $3000. Voting closes June 6.


Date Added: May 28, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Fall Drive, News, Volunteer — Anita @ 2:17 pm



Volunteers needed June 1

Daily Bread needs volunteers to help ‘deconstruct’ Canstruction sculptures on Sunday, June 1! 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. Canstruction 2010

Tear down of structures:

  • Where? 77 King Street West
  • When? Sunday June 1st, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.  to approximately 5 p.m. (possibly till 7 p.m., if structures are elaborate).
  • Please note, the start time is strict. If travelling by TTC, you may not arrive on time.  TTC starts at 9 a.m. on Sundays. Please do not sign up if you cannot make it to our location on time.
  • Kids as young as 8 to 14 years old can join us as long they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Morning coffee and lunch will be provided. If we don’t finish until 7 p.m., dinner will be provided too.
  • We can provide letters for students who require hours for High School/College/University requirement. Sorry, no legal or court hours can be acknowledged.

Interested in volunteering? Please email volunteer@dailybread.ca for more information or to sign up. You must sign up ahead of time to volunteer.

Visit the Canstruction website (www.canstructiontoronto.com) to see the structures from last year and for more information on this cool event! Canstruction sculptures will be on display from May 27 to May 31 at the following downtown buildings:

  • 77 King St. West – TD North Tower
  • 100 Wellington St. West – TD West Tower
  • 66 Wellington St. West – TD Bank Tower
  • 222 Bay St. – Ernst & Young Tower

 



Date Added: May 23, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer Opportunities — Tags: — Anderson @ 2:46 pm



What is a Food Sort Challenge?

The Food Sort Challenge is an annual fundraising event, where 24 teams compete against each other to sort and pack 3,000 pounds of food into 35 different categories in the fastest time possible. Teams are given two and a half hours to sort.

This year’s Food Sort Challenge is on Thursday, June 5. There are TWO shifts available: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eight teams of ten people will compete per shift – will your team be one of them? There’s still space to sign up! Last year’s Food Sort Challenge winners Randstad will be returning, joined by teams from Kellogg’s, Unilever, Barrick Gold Corporation and Franklin Templeton Investments. Accuracy is important too, and staff will be spot-checking boxes and making teams re-pack ones that have foods in the wrong categories.

Registration fee is $1000 per team and we’re asking all teams to fundraise to help us raise $60,000 and sort through 72,000 pounds of food. For more information, please contact Dayana (dayana@dailybread.ca) or click here.

Corus Entertainment will be adding to the fun by broadcasting live all day with 102.1 The Edge, AM640 and Q107 in support of their Corus Feeds Kids program.

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Date Added: May 20, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, News — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 11:25 am



Victoria Day Holiday Meals

The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN), with the help of Daily Bread Food Bank, have released a list of meal programs that are available on Victoria Day (May 19). If you have any questions, please contact the meal program directly.

Please click here to download a pdf of meal programs available on Monday, May 19.

The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) has worked with its own drop-in network and Daily Bread Food Bank to release a list of meal programs that are available over this holiday weekend. – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/category/meal-programs-2/#sthash.qtZn8hkb.dpuf

The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) has worked with its own drop-in network and Daily Bread Food Bank to release a list of meal programs that are available over this holiday weekend.

Please click here to download the pdf of meal programs available from Friday, April 18 to Monday April 21.

– See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/category/meal-programs-2/#sthash.qtZn8hkb.dpuf


Date Added: May 16, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Meal Programs, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 3:47 pm



Our unsung heroes: Sandy Gillis

This is an excerpt from a January 2013 post on our annual Volunteer of the Year nominees.  A committed and dedicated volunteer, Sandy was always a joy to be around. Sandy passed away unexpectedly this morning. She will be greatly missed by her Daily Bread family.

Sandy has been a rock of support to the kitchen department. Sandy has come in almost every day since she started in November 2011. Sandy’s amazing dependability, pleasant funny nature, warming smile and skill of organization of the dish area and assisting those fellow volunteers, has allowed the kitchen to produce meals for the community. As you can imagine, dishwashers are often the unsung heroes in a kitchen. Thank you Sandy from all the staff and trainees of the kitchen and Daily Bread Food Bank. – Todd Lamswood

Sandra Gillis - Kitchen

Sandra Gillis – Kitchen

Sandy has been a rock of support to the kitchen department. Sandy has come in almost every day since she started in November 2011.  Sandy’s amazing dependability, pleasant funny nature, warming smile and skill of organization of  the dish area and assisting those fellow volunteers, has allowed the kitchen to continue to produce meals for the community.  As you can imagine, dishwashers are often the unsung heroes in a kitchen. Thank you Sandy from all the staff and trainees of the kitchen and Daily Bread Food Bank. – Todd Lamswood – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/volunteer-of-the-year-award/#sthash.2ThjT5ca.dpuf
Sandy has been a rock of support to the kitchen department. Sandy has come in almost every day since she started in November 2011.  Sandy’s amazing dependability, pleasant funny nature, warming smile and skill of organization of  the dish area and assisting those fellow volunteers, has allowed the kitchen to continue to produce meals for the community.  As you can imagine, dishwashers are often the unsung heroes in a kitchen. Thank you Sandy from all the staff and trainees of the kitchen and Daily Bread Food Bank. – Todd Lamswood – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/volunteer-of-the-year-award/#sthash.2ThjT5ca.dpuf

Date Added: May 12, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer — Anderson @ 2:39 pm



Ultimate Food Challenge: Meet the Hosts!

What would an event be without a host to keep things running smoothly? The Ultimate Food Challenge is lucky enough to be hosted by two well-known Toronto radio hosts.

Since 2001, Maureen Holloway has co-hosted Q107’s morning show, Derringer in the Morning with Maureen Holloway.

Maureen Holloway

Maureen Holloway

In 2006, Maureen received the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award for Humour. You may have also heard her gossiping about celebrities in her nationally-broadcast segment, The Last Word.

Fred Kennedy has hosted 102.1 the Edge’s afternoon drive show, The Fearless Fred Show, since 2009. He also hosts Fred at Night every Thursday on TELETOON at Night and writes comic books in his spare time. No stranger to awards either, Fred received the 2009 Steve Young Award at Canadian Music Week for his commitment to advising and mentoring young future broadcasters.

No stranger to Daily Bread, Maureen and Fred have broadcast live with their shows from Daily Bread’s warehouse as part of Corus Feeds Kids, an annual campaign benefiting Daily Bread Food Bank and others across the country.

Fred Kennedy

Fred Kennedy

Tickets are still available online through www.ultimatefoodchallenge.com, until 4 p.m. on May 6. Tickets will be available at the door. A chef competition, proceeds from the Ultimate Food Challenge benefit Daily Bread Food Bank’s Food Services Training Program. Three chefs will face off in front of judges including Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Emily Richards. Guests can also vote for their fan favourite after tasting the chef’s competition dishes.


Date Added: May 6, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 8:31 am



Ultimate Food Challenge: Meet the Judges

What do Massimo Capra, Michael Bonacini and Emily Richards have in common? All three will be the expert judges at Daily Bread’s chef competition event, the Ultimate Food Challenge.

Michael Bonacini, a celebrity chef and co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, has recently been judging home cooks on Masterchef Canada. He was also the host of Food Network Canada’s Cook Like a Chef, and has been a recurring guest chef on City’s Cityline since 1998.

In 2010, Michael released the cookbook 3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men with fellow Ultimate Food Challenge judge and Cityline expert, Massimo Capra. Massimo is chef and co-owner of two of Toronto’s most well-known restaurants, Mistura and Sopra Upper Lounge. On May 7, Massimo will be helping to judge the culinary creations of local Toronto chefs Donna Dooher, Saverio Macri and Daniel Mezzolo.

Rounding out our three expert judges is cookbook author and home economist, Emily Richards. Emily has extensive knowledge of the food industry and has a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, specializing in food and nutrition. An avid cook, she is currently creating delicious new recipes for an Italian cookbook.

Tickets are on sale for the Ultimate Food Challenge on May 7! Tickets include drinks, signature dishes from the chefs and Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen, as well as a silent auction and espresso and dessert bar. Click here to buy your tickets online.

Join Chef Donna Dooher at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge! Tickets are $150 and include drinks,  an espresso and dessert bar, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen as well as chef’s signature dishes and their competition dish. Buy tickets or find out more! – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/ufc-chefs-donna-dooher-of-mildreds-temple-kitchen/#sthash.yZMxByKZ.dpuf
Join Chef Donna Dooher at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge! Tickets are $150 and include drinks,  an espresso and dessert bar, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen as well as chef’s signature dishes and their competition dish. Buy tickets or find out more! – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/ufc-chefs-donna-dooher-of-mildreds-temple-kitchen/#sthash.yZMxByKZ.dpuf
Join Chef Donna Dooher at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge! Tickets are $150 and include drinks,  an espresso and dessert bar, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen as well as chef’s signature dishes and their competition dish. Buy tickets or find out more! – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/ufc-chefs-donna-dooher-of-mildreds-temple-kitchen/#sthash.yZMxByKZ.dpuf
Judge Emily Richards

Emily Richards

Judge Michael Bonacini

Michael Bonacini

Chef Massimo Capra

Massimo Capra


Date Added: May 2, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 3:20 pm