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It’s Harvest Time!

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Daily Bread’s own Growing for Change Garden is wrapping up its 7th growing season with a harvest that includes a healthy crop of kale. While the apple trees didn’t react well to such a cool summer, the cherries had a bumper crop this year.

“Community gardens are a wonderful program that many of our member agencies coordinate in their own neighbourhoods,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director. “Many food bank clients don’t have access to space for a garden. Gardening can be time-intensive as well, and many people don’t have the time to spend hours in the garden.”  Daily Bread is lucky to have a team of great volunteers who look after the onsite garden for the New Toronto Street Food Bank.

Although gardens in and of themselves won’t solve the problem of hunger in our city, they are a part of helping to provide people with more access to healthy fresh fruits and vegetables as well as promoting community-building. Hunger is primarily a result of a lack of income.

The garden at Daily Bread is actually separated in to two areas. One is a community garden that offers plots to low income neighbours of member agency LAMP. The other half is a production garden for Daily Bread’s onsite food bank that is looked after by a dedicated team of volunteers who spend countless hours growing, weeding, watering, mulching and harvesting.

Date Added: October 30, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News — Jessica @ 11:00 am

Thanksgiving Drive Public Food Sorts

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Thanks to everyone who came out to volunteer at Daily Bread’s Thanksgiving Drive Public Food Sorts! Canadian Olympians came to volunteer on Saturday, and mayoral candidates Olivia Chow, Doug Ford, Ari Goldkind and John Tory came to visit Monday morning.

Almost 600 volunteers helped sort and pack 112,459 lbs of food.

Date Added: October 29, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Fall Drive, News, Public Food Sorts — Jessica @ 2:49 pm

Daily Bread’s voicemail is down

Update: It’s fixed! Thank you for your patience.

For those of you calling Daily Bread Food Bank, please be aware that our voice mail system is down and in the process of being repaired. In the meantime, while you can make calls, you will not be able to leave voicemails.

If you are trying to contact staff by phone and they are not available, please try contacting them by email. For the majority of staff, this is their first name followed by

Please click here for a full staff list.

Date Added: October 28, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News — Anderson @ 12:20 pm

Thanksgiving Drive – Thank You!

Thank you for helping us reach our Thanksgiving Drive goals! With your generous support, we raised $321,000 and 206,000 pounds of food.

The Thanksgiving Drive ended on October 18th with goals of $300,000 and 200,000 pounds of food.


Date Added: October 20, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Thanksgiving Drive — Anderson @ 11:33 am

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – October 17

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Hunger in the land of plenty

As we observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, it is important to remember that poverty exists right here in our city. Despite being the commercial capital of Canada, Toronto saw nearly 900,000 visits to food banks last year. Over 40 per cent of clients surveyed report going hungry at least once a week, and a third of clients even report not eating for an entire day due to lack of money.

And these numbers only show those who come to a food bank. Many more are hungry and still do not access a food bank. This could be because of pride which may prevent some from asking for help; not knowing where food banks are in the community; or not being able to afford the transit fare necessary to get to a food bank that is not walking distance.

Hunger in the GTA is the result of a lack of money, not a lack of food

The driving force of hunger and poverty in the GTA is not a lack of food – but is the result of low incomes as well as an inadequate income support system, which are not keeping up with rising food and housing costs. These are big issues, which require big solutions – including a transformed income security system, more affordable housing and other initiatives which help people put food on the table AND keep a roof over their head.

These bigger solutions are possible, and we have seen evidence of that: we have seen a reduction in child poverty and food bank use among families with children in the past few years. An improved economy has helped, but continued investments in government programs, such as the Ontario Child Benefit, played an essential role as well.

However one size does not fit all: to reduce poverty and hunger further, a range of solutions needs to be developed, planned and implemented. And in the meantime, people need to eat.

Food banks: Fighting hunger today and tomorrow

“Without the services of the food bank, my mom and I would go hungry a lot more. It really helps us get through a couple weeks and the friendly volunteers are wonderful…and I would just like to say, thank you.”
Survey respondent, 2014 Who’s Hungry Survey of people accessing food banks across the GTA.

Food banks are a local, community driven response to poverty. They help people fill their cupboards and stomachs during periods of financial difficulty. People accessing our food banks often tell us that by getting help with food, there is one less thing for them to worry about until they get back on their feet. Clients show us that despite seemingly insurmountable barriers, moving forward and climbing out of poverty is still possible.

While providing food on its own will not solve hunger in the long term, food banks are most often anti-poverty, multiservice organizations working on long term solutions. And while we work towards these long term solutions, we will continue to do our best to help people get the food they need.

Date Added: October 17, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Tags: , , , — Jessica @ 11:04 am

Congratulations to Loblaw Companies Limited for winning this year’s Partner Award.

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Tyler Stevens, Loblaws Store Manager (Queen & Portland); Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Tyler Stevens, Loblaws Store Manager (Queen & Portland); Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

In the past three years, Loblaws has provided Daily Bread with tremendous support by donating over 620,000 lbs worth of food donations to Daily Bread. Loblaw also holds one of the largest-ever national retail food drives in Canada, the semi-annual Extra Helping Food Drive that raises food and funds for national, provincial, and local food bank programs. Daily Bread has received over $130,000 cash and 160,000 lbs of food from this drive.

All the nominees from this year’s Best Class Awards in this category have been our top supporters for many years, and have been generously contributing in every way possible for the past three years and we are incredibly grateful for their commitment. They support various Daily Bread initiatives and make our work possible through their successful employee engagement programs and fundraising events


  • TD Bank Group
    • Over the past three years, TD has contributed over $130,000 in financial support
    • They have been involved in our Ultimate Food Challenge event and organized a large number of food and fund drives in recent years.
    • TD employees are a regular fixture in our warehouse and set a record of 1,700 volunteer hours contributed this past year.
  • RBC
    • Over the past three years, RBC has contributed over $100,000 in donations to support a range of initiatives including our Food Services Training Program and Agency Relations Program
    • Last year, RBC employees sorted almost 30,000 lbs of food in our warehouse, and they have also organized food and fund drives in recent years
  • Walmart Canada
    • Over the past three years, Walmart has contributed more than $150,000 in financial support and donated over $90,000 worth of gift cards to purchase priority food and household items
    • Last year they donated around 80,000 lbs of food through their Retail Program and trade show


Date Added: October 15, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Jessica @ 3:48 pm

Congratulations to General Mills Canada for winning the Leader Award!

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Catherine Jackson, General Mills - Director, Corporate Communications; Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Catherine Jackson, General Mills – Director, Corporate Communications; Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

General Mills has supported Daily Bread for over 15 years, and in the last three years alone, has contributed over 750,000 lbs of priority food items including cereals, canned vegetables and healthy snacks and has been engaged on an ongoing basis in volunteering at Daily Bread through their Day of Caring.

The companies in our Leader category are all outstanding corporate citizens in the food industry. Daily Bread distributes approximately 8.6 million pounds of nutritious food each year, and we absolutely couldn’t do this without the outstanding food donations received from industry supporters. All of the nominees in this category from our Best in Class Awards have been among Daily Bread’s top 10 industry donors for at least the past three years, providing our clients with nutritious items – and we’re pleased to acknowledge their ongoing commitment and generosity.


  • Dairy Farmers of Ontario
    • Thanks to the generosity of over 500 dairy farmers in Ontario, Daily Bread has received approximately 1.5 million pounds of milk through the Farmer’s Milk Program over the past three years.
  • Dominion Produce Ltd.
    • A partner of Daily Bread since 2007, over the past three years has donated over 600,000 lbs of fresh vegetables including onions, carrots, beets and potatoes.
  • Unico Foods Inc.
    • A supporter of Daily Bread since 2007, over the past three years has donated almost 400,000 lbs of nutritious products beans, tomato paste, pasta sauce and pasta.

Date Added: October 14, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Jessica @ 2:15 pm

And the Change Maker Award goes to…Corus Entertainment

Ghazala Parvez, Daily Bread Board Member; Jane Tesar, CORUS Communications Coordinator and Rebecca Rebeiro, CORUS Communications Assistant; Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread Executive Director

Ghazala Parvez, Daily Bread Board Member; Jane Tesar, Corus Communications Coordinator and Rebecca Rebeiro, Corus Communications Assistant; Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread Executive Director

Congratulations to Corus Entertainment for winning this year’s Change Maker Award!

Corus Entertainment supports Daily Bread through their national initiative, Corus Feeds Kids, which focuses on nourishing children’s bodies and minds for healthy development and long-term success. Corus has also supported Daily Bread through our Ultimate Food Challenge and Food Sort Challenge.

Nominees in this category have carried Daily Bread’s torch into the community by joining the fight against hunger issues and making it their own. These organizations support Daily Bread at a leadership level, they run their own awareness campaigns, and they support food banks and hunger prevention on a broader level through their corporate giving mandate.


  • Cisco Canada
    • Has been a Daily Bread supporter for over 10 years, participating enthusiastically in volunteering, food-collecting and fundraising.
    • Last year, 300 volunteers helped out over the holidays with the TTC Challenge event and at our facilities helping pack over 12,000 holiday food bags.
  • Campbell Company of Canada
    • Has supported Daily Bread for over 20 years – hunger is at the core of their community involvement through their national Help Hunger Disappear campaign.
    • Have provided over a million pounds of nourishing soups and stews to our clients as well as leadership support to our Food Services Training Program.
  • CBI Health Group
    • In 2004, CBI Health Group launched Hustle for Hunger, which is now a national campaign in partnership with The Running Room.
    • Now in its 6th year, Hustle for Hunger Toronto draws 225 participants and has raised over 1,600 lbs of food and $47,000 for Daily Bread.

Date Added: October 13, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Jessica @ 12:35 pm

Congratulations to CBC Toronto for winning this year’s Champion Award!

Mary Wiens, CBC Producer (centre) with Al Shulman and Gail Nyberg.

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Mary Wiens, Producer, Sounds of the Season; Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

CBC Toronto raised over $600,000 for food banks in Ontario through their Sounds of the Season celebration last year, and exceeding their previous year’s record by $80,000.

The event begins with a live, full-day of broadcasting along with special guests and special performances and an onsite silent auction at CBC. This is also an educational event that helps raise awareness about hunger and poverty issues in the GTA.

The companies nominated for our Champion Award at this year’s Best in Class Awards have provided direct support to Daily Bread Food Bank at a leadership level – and they have leveraged their own support to mobilize others to make a significant contribution as well. They are both leading donors and fundraisers. By championing our cause, these corporate partners have engaged thousands of individuals and other corporations in the fight to end hunger in our city.


  • Toronto Wholesale Produce Association
    • Our joint partnership with Second Harvest and the Toronto Wholesale Produce Association kicked off last November, and is critical to our ability to provide fresh produce to help nourish our clients.
    • The Association’s member companies have donated 428,176 lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    • Blakes Law Firm Challenge is the biggest third party event in support of Daily Bread and engages over 30 law firms each year to participate
    • The event has raised over $1.4 million and 17,000 pounds of food since it began for our programs – and last year alone they raised over $220,000.
  • Purolator
    • Has supported Daily Bread for over 10 years, primarily through their Tackle Hunger campaign.
    • The campaign engages Purolator employees, customers and partners in events, such as professional football and soccer games, to raise food and funds for Daily Bread and other food banks across the country – last year, Daily Bread received over $40,000.

For a full list of winners from Daily Bread’s Best in Class event, click here.

Date Added: October 11, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Tags: , , — Jessica @ 1:11 pm

Thanksgiving Monday Meals

For a list of shelters, churches and community agencies across Toronto that will be serving meals on Thanksgiving Monday (October 13), please click here.

Date Added: October 10, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News — Anderson @ 4:52 pm

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