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The Community Kitchen is back!

After a successful program last fall, Daily Bread’s Community Kitchen is back starting July 4!

A hands-on cooking experience in Daily Bread’s kitchen, you will learn how to cook nutritious vegetarian dishes and share your own recipes. The group will meet each week to help prepare, cook and share a meal. This program is free.


Fridays, July 4 to August 22.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Daily Bread Food Bank’s Kitchen
191 New Toronto Street (Islington and Lakeshore in south Etobicoke).

There are still some spaces left. To register, or for more info, please contact Carolyn by email ( or by phone at 416-203-0050 ext. 264.

Date Added: June 27, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 2:54 pm

Gardening for change


Helen harvesting broccoli from this year’s garden at Daily Bread

“It helps so much. If it wasn’t for the garden, I wouldn’t be eating as much fresh food. Living on a pensioner’s income is hard. Access to fresh food at a reasonable cost is so important to your health.” – Daily Bread volunteer, Helen

The Garden and Food Bank

Last year, Daily Bread’s production garden produced over 1200 pounds of vegetables, fruits and herbs for people struggling with hunger. Helen has volunteered for the production garden for the last three years, as well as taking care of her own community garden plot at Daily Bread and volunteering for the onsite food bank. Semi-retired, she still needs to work since her pensioner’s income isn’t enough to live on. She knows how expensive fresh, organic produce is to buy.

“I love being able to grow and then deliver the food we harvest right to the people who need it most. I really enjoy seeing how delighted people are to receive fresh produce in their food hampers,” says Helen.

The garden at Daily Bread is divided in to two sections: a production garden that grows fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for the onsite food bank and a community garden through one of Daily Bread’s member agencies, LAMP.


Working in the garden

Working in the garden

The Gardening Girls (and Guys)

Volunteering at Daily Bread for Helen has meant not only fresh vegetables in her kitchen but new friends. “When you get older, you realize the importance of friendship and staying connected,” says Helen. Helen has become close friends with many of the garden volunteers, who work tirelessly in the garden throughout the growing season. The original Gardening Girls have expanded and now include some Gardening Guys, a close-knit group who work hard with staff gardening coordinator Nikki to grow high-intensity yield crops  such as tomatoes, beans, zucchini, spinach, strawberries for the New Toronto Street Food Bank.

Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 2:30 pm

Give 30 during Ramadan


As Ziyaad Mia washed his coffee cup the day before Ramadan a few years ago, he thought to himself that he wouldn’t be seeing much of that cup for the next 30 days. From that simple act came an idea for a fundraising campaign that has raised almost $100,000 for Daily Bread Food Bank and inspired countless people to give.

When Ziyaad thought about all the money he’d be saving by skipping meals (and coffee), he was reminded of all the people in Toronto who skip meals, but not by choice. Ziyaad wondered what would happen if he asked people to give up coffee for 30 days, and give the money they saved to a local food bank instead. He called up Daily Bread Food Bank and raised over $37,000 that summer to help fight hunger through Give 30.

Give 30 is meant to motivate people fasting during Ramadan to donate a portion of the money they save by skipping meals over the month. But Give 30 is not just for people celebrating Ramadan. It’s a cause everyone can get behind.

“Everyone can participate in the spirit of Ramadan,” says Ziyaad. “Brown bag your lunch for the month or tally up 30 days of coffee money and donate it,” he says. “Whatever amount it is, it can make a difference in the lives of those who don’t have enough to eat.

How can I participate?

Donate to the Give 30 Daily Bread campaign online by clicking here.

Brown bag your lunch, or give up buying a coffee for a month. Donate the money you’ve saved to help someone in need!

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims. This year, Ramadan takes place from June 28 to July 27.

What is Give 30?

Give 30 is a grassroots campaign founded in 2012 by lawyer and social activist Ziyaad Mia. Give 30 launches June 15 and runs through the summer. Find out more at

Date Added: June 15, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, News — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 3:19 pm

The Food Sort Challenge is tomorrow!

Listen to Q107, 102.1 The Edge and AM640 tomorrow as they broadcast live from our Food Sort Challenge at Daily Bread!

15 teams will be coming in to see who can sort through 3000 pounds of food the fastest, with the winner being announced end of day.

Defending champions Randstad will be competing in tomorrow’s Food Sort Challenge. We talked with Randstad Technologies’ Craig Brown to find out what makes a Food Sort Challenge Winner! Randstad Ultimate Food Challenge winning team in 2013

How will you defend your title?

“I really don’t think we will change our strategy. We have the best people here and together we can accomplish great things.  Win or lose, you can count on us bringing it to this competition”, said Craig.  “Besides, we all know what a truly great impact it has. Having witnessed firsthand the energy and effort collectively, the will to win that the Randstad team has is fantastic to watch! Our motto is BEST PEOPLE, BEST ORGANIZATION, BETTER WORLD!” 

What was your favourite part of the Food Sort Challenge last year?

“Just the camaraderie and team-building. It’s amazing when you see people come together in a healthy, competitive atmosphere. It’s a different kind of team-building. You know you’re giving back and making a big difference with your time and efforts.”

Date Added: June 4, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 3:39 pm