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Volunteers needed to help sort through food donations

Updated February 3, 2015 – All shifts are full! Thanks to everyone who registered.

Upcoming evening and weekend community sorts

DSC_0106A great opportunity to learn more about Daily Bread Food Bank and give back at the same time! Daily Bread is hosting one Saturday and two evening community sorts. Volunteers will help sort and pack food donations which will then be delivered to over 200 food programs across the city. Interested? We have spots available on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 28th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL
Wednesday, February 4th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL
Saturday, February 7th  | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – FULL

If you are interested in registering to volunteer for any of these dates, please email us at learn@dailybread.ca for more information.

Please note that no children under the age of 8 are allowed in the warehouse. Volunteers aged 8 to 14 must also be accompanied by an adult who will volunteer with them.


Date Added: January 19, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 4:55 pm



Canstruction 2015

This year’s Canstruction Toronto event is gearing up! A competition held in Toronto and cities around the world, each year teams of designers, architects and engineers donate their time to build sculptures made entirely out of cans of foods. The sculptures will be displayed in downtown Toronto from May 5 to 9 before being deconstructed, with the food donated to Daily Bread Food Bank. Last year’s Canstruction raised 50,000 pounds of food.

Interested in finding out how you can participate? January 8 at 6 p.m., Canstruction will be holding an information night for all architectural, engineering and design firms as well as student groups.

The deadline to register to enter this year’s Canstruction competition is January 16. For more information or to register, please click here.

Still not sure what Canstruction Toronto is all about? Here’s a video from last year’s competition!


Date Added: January 8, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 1:35 pm



Bid on a flag, help raise money for Daily Bread

DailyFlag for DailyBread is an Advent calendar-inspired community art installation by residents of Leuty and Violet Avenues in Toronto’s The Beach neighbourhood.

From December 1 to the 25th, neighbours have been creating flags and displaying them outside of their homes. Now is your chance to own them! All 25 flags are being auctioned off online. Bidding ends January 10.

Last year DailyFlag for DailyBread raised over $18,000.

Check out all 25 of this year’s flags by clicking here. Like what you see? Click on a flag and start bidding!

Flag 17, meticulously handcrafted from exquisitely curated beach combings and shining brightly in the morning winter sun.

Flag 17, meticulously handcrafted from exquisitely curated beach combings and shining brightly in the morning winter sun.

 

Flag 1, a masterpiece and winner at this years Stainless Steel Plasma Cutters Union Jamboree and Pic-Nic (Free-form category).

Flag 1, a masterpiece and winner at this years Stainless Steel Plasma Cutters Union Jamboree and Pic-Nic (Free-form category).


Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 11:55 am



Sign up for Daily Bread’s Community Kitchen

DSC_0087DSC_0065Daily Bread’s Community Kitchen will be back on Friday mornings in January and February. Interested in signing up? You can email carolyn@dailybread.ca for more information.

Hands-on cooking.
Learn how to cook delicious vegetarian dishes and share knowledge. Our winter theme is warm, cozy, stick to your ribs food! We’ll learn how to make new recipes every week. The group meets each week in the Daily Bread kitchen at 191 New Toronto Street to help cook and share a meal.

Previous participants in the Community Kitchen have said that they are now doing more cooking at home – and are enjoying the Community Kitchen where they can eat delicious food and meet some new people.

This past fall’s theme of the Community Kitchen was healthy soups, with soups such as Borscht, Acorn Squash Adzuki Bean Soup and Tropical Pumpkin soup being created from scratch in Daily Bread’s kitchen onsite. Participants also learned how to make their own soup stock at home.

The Community Kitchen would like to thank Food Banks Canada and Unilever for a grant that allowed us to purchase utensils and small appliances for participants to use! The majority of the program is supported by Daily Bread’s generous donors.

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Date Added: January 6, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Meal Programs, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 11:37 am



Over $2.5 million donated during Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive

Over $2.5 million donated during Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive and 740,000 pounds of food raised

Thanks to many generous donations in the last week of the Holiday Drive, Daily Bread surpassed its goal of $2.5 million. Seventy-four per cent of the food goal was reached, with a final total of 740,000 pounds of food donated.

The Abominable Snowman drops by to make a donation to the Holiday Drive.

The Abominable Snowman drops by to make a donation to the Holiday Drive.

“Hunger doesn’t take a holiday and neither do we,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director. “Although the Holiday Drive might be over, our fundraising and food-raising efforts will continue throughout the year. That includes seeking out new partnerships with the food industry and local food organizations to ensure that a healthy mix of food is delivered to our member agency food programs.”

Just before Christmas, the Holiday Drive was barely at the halfway mark. In only seven days, over a million dollars was raised and 300,000 pounds of food was picked up.

“I was worried that we would not reach either of our goals but Toronto came through,” said Nyberg. “There were many people helping us spread the message and I’d like to thank everyone who did so.”

The Holiday Drive began at the end of November with goals of $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food. Last year, the monetary goal was easily reached by December 31, 2013, but this year was a struggle. A generous $200,000 donation from an anonymous donor on the last day of the drive helped push the Holiday Drive towards the $2.5 million goal.

Volunteers help pack over 12,000 Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund hamper bags.

Volunteers help pack over 12,000 Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund hamper bags.

City's annual Spirit of the Season at the Sheraton Centre.

City’s annual Spirit of the Season at the Sheraton Centre.

Thank you to everyone who donated to Daily Bread's Holiday Drive!

Thank you to everyone who donated to Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Date Added: January 5, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 2:09 pm



Holiday Drive Update: Over $2.5 million raised, still short on food goal

Thanks to many generous donations in the last week of the Holiday Drive, Daily Bread has surpassed its goal of $2.5 million. Food donations remain low, with only 630,000 pounds of food raised – a shortfall of over 350,000 pounds of food. A final tally for the Holiday Drive is expected on Monday, January 5. Trucks will be out doing final pick-ups of donations at grocery stores and fire halls this weekend.

The Holiday Drive began at the end of November with goals of $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food. Last year, the monetary goal was easily reached by December 31, 2013, but this year was a struggle.

Thank you Toronto!

Thank you Toronto!

“I was worried that we would not reach either of our goals but Toronto came through. There were many people helping us spread the message and I’d like to thank everyone who did so,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director.

A generous $200,000 donation from an anonymous donor on the last day of the drive helped push the Holiday Drive towards the $2.5 million goal.

“Without a doubt, that was the best call we could have received. We would not have made that goal without that donation. I’d like to thank this person for supporting Daily Bread Food Bank and making such a tremendous difference with their donation,” said Nyberg.


Date Added: January 2, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 12:23 pm