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Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, December 1, charities across the country are encouraging people to give back by donating this holiday season. Make a gift on Giving Tuesday to Daily Bread Food Bank and we’ll be able to continue to provide nutritious food to people struggling with hunger through a network of almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Donate online and help provide nutritious food for families in need.

How can you help?

Donate online by clicking here!

Drop off nutritious, non-perishable food donations at your local fire hall.

Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive runs until December 31 and we’re looking to raise $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food.


Date Added: November 30, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 2:35 pm

Holiday Drive starts today

Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive starts today and ends December 31, with goals of $2.5 million and one million pounds of food. The money and food raised during the Holiday Drive helps Daily Bread provide food for almost 200 food programs across Toronto throughout the winter months.

Most people coming to a food bank are spending over 70 per cent of their income on housing costs, with less than $7 a day left over for everything else: warm clothing, transportation, medicine and food. Often, that’s not enough and hard choices have to be made – food on the table – or warm winter boots for your child? Over half of adults have skipped a meal in order to pay for something else, most often rent. Nutritious food becomes a luxury some people just can’t afford.

That’s where Daily Bread steps in to help. Daily Bread collects, purchases and distributes nutritious food out through a network of member agencies to those who need it most. From food banks to women’s shelters, drop-in programs or hostels for the homeless, Daily Bread helps to provide a basic necessity that 90,000 people across Toronto can’t afford. For every dollar donated to Daily Bread, Daily Bread can provide a meal to someone struggling with hunger.

Most needed food items include: dried/canned beans or lentils, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and tomato pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned fish/meat, oatmeal, baby formula/cereal and food. Food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall.

Financial donations can be made easily and securely online by clicking the ‘Donate’ button at the top of this page.

Date Added: November 26, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday Drive — Tags: , — Anderson @ 1:20 pm

TTC Challenge

We need your help on December 14, 15 and 16! The TTC Challenge is a fun volunteer engagement opportunity where corporate groups of 2 to 4 individuals a shift will ask and inspire commuters to spread a little cheer for someone
TTC CHALLENGE - 2015 - WEB BANNER in need this holiday season.  This time of year can be overwhelming for those living in poverty.  You can help make a big difference by helping out and volunteering some of your time.

Details of the event:

  • December 14, 15, and 16
  • Participating Stations: Bloor/Yonge, King, Dundas, Bay, College
  • Shifts: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Staffing required: 2 to 4 volunteers per station, per shift

Teams of volunteers will be scheduled at a participating TTC Subway station to ask and inspire riders to spare a little extra jingle (cash donations) to help fill donation tins for Daily Bread.

Please contact Sandra Agayby at 416-203-0050 ext. 299 or at to book your spot today!

Date Added: November 16, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Tags: , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 3:35 pm

Reducing food waste through a federal tax incentive

A National Zero Waste Council Proposal

Going to council this week is a motion by Councillor Mike Layton to support a food waste reduction federal tax incentive that would increase the amount of edible food donated to food programs while at the same time reducing the amount of food that is wasted every year. It’s estimated that $31 billion worth of food is wasted every year – while half of that occurs at the consumer level, some happens in other areas, including grocery stores, farms and food industry.Daily Bread Food Bank,

Last year, Ontario successfully adopted and implemented a food donation credit for farmers of 25%, to encourage more food donations of fresh food.

As Mike Layton points out in a media release by the National Zero Waste Council, this tax incentive “would not address the systemic causes of poverty and food security, it’s one of a suite of tools needed to prevent the waste of edible food.”

Both poverty and food security are complex issues that require a wide range of solutions. That’s why Daily Bread has a two-part mission: providing a mix of nutritious food and also developing and advocating for innovative public policy that looks at hunger as a symptom of the much bigger problem of poverty. Providing a mix of healthy and nutritious food is very challenging – Daily Bread distributed over 8.4 million pounds of food last year and is the largest provider of food relief in the GTA, distributing through a network of 136 member agencies across Toronto.

A tax incentive such as this one would be a good step in increasing the amount of healthy and nutritious food available at food programs including meal programs at homeless shelters and women’s shelters as well as food banks. Incentives such as these – that help food banks provide better service at the same time as reducing food waste – does not detract from the other work being done to address systemic issues of hunger and poverty.

A food distribution hub such as Daily Bread Food Bank has processes in place to determine what kind of food can be accepted based on a variety of reasons including space available, the quality and freshness of the food and whether the food can be distributed while it is fresh. Not all food donations can be accepted – and Daily Bread, along with most food banks and distribution hubs, have a choice as to whether to accept a donation or not. Food banks will not become a dumping ground for inedible food, as some have suggested. However, as with all suggestions, further study is needed to determine how something like this might actually work with the limited resources many food banks operate under.

Date Added: November 11, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, News — Tags: , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 1:42 pm

City Council votes today to adopt a Poverty Reduction Strategy

Today City Council votes to adopt a Poverty Reduction Strategy for the City of Toronto. Daily Bread Food Bank supports the strategy as a whole, as it includes strong actions such as increased investment in affordable housing and child care, and progressive policies such as inclusionary zoning, a living wage and a low income transit fare.

Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides food and support to almost 200 food programs and 136 member agencies across Toronto. We ensure that those on low incomes who are struggling with hunger have access to nutritious food through food banks, homeless shelters, community food centres as well as meal programs. We also recognize that hunger is a symptom of poverty and to have any impact on reducing hunger, first we need to reduce poverty.

Poverty reduction strategies accompanied by targets and financial commitments make a difference

Poverty reduction strategies accompanied by targets and financial commitments have been shown to help reduce poverty at the provincial level across the country. Daily Bread’s latest Who’s Hungry report shows that there were nearly 900,000 visits to Toronto food banks in the last year alone, with a 45 per cent increase in the inner suburbs since 2008. Now more than ever, it is essential to implement a poverty reduction plan in the City of Toronto.

Daily Bread agencies are doing their best to fight hunger in wards throughout the city

But we can’t do it alone.

There are many Daily Bread Food Bank member agencies operating in wards throughout the city. The majority of our member agencies run their food programs in local churches and community centres. Dedicated staff and volunteers in these agencies pick up, stock, and distribute food to people in their community in addition to providing other services to support people on low incomes. Daily Bread moves about $22 million worth of food on a budget of about $7 million relying primarily on private donations from individuals and the community. Daily Bread and the food banks we support operate largely outside of government and do not receive government funding.

The attached link provides a ward-by-ward breakdown of food banks operating in each ward, and how many visits were made to food banks in the last year. Some wards do not have Daily Bread member agencies, which require community members in that ward to access a food bank in another ward that is closest to them. As mentioned in our submission during the poverty reduction consultation process, finding adequate space to run programs such as food banks is a significant challenge for service providers such as Daily Bread. It is hoped that the City can play a role in helping service providers such as food banks access spaces required to run a food program that serves the local community.

Help ensure that the Poverty Reduction Strategy is backed by a strong financial commitment

Ensure that your city councillor supports the Poverty Reduction Strategy, which will help to support people living in poverty across the city, as well as the agencies that support them. Also ensure that your city councillor supports a significant financial commitment to the strategy in the upcoming 2016 City budget. A financial commitment to the Poverty Reduction Strategy is an investment in the citizens of Toronto, helping to remove many of the barriers that keep people in poverty.

Click here to see a map of visits to Toronto food banks by ward

Click here view our 2015 report on hunger in Toronto: Who’s Hungry, A Tale of Two Cities




Date Added: November 4, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Government, News, Who's Hungry Report — Tags: — Anderson @ 3:57 pm

CP Holiday Train coming to Toronto!

Every year, the CP Holiday Train travels to communities all across North America – and all for a good cause! Decked out in festive lights, the train will arrive in Toronto at The Lambton Yard on 750 Runnymede Road on November 30 at 7 p.m. The CP Holiday Train raises money, food and awareness for local food banks like Daily Bread Food Bank and guests are asked to bring food or fund donations to support their community. All are welcome to this amazing event to cozy up by the fire while sipping on hot chocolate and coffee and enjoying entertainment all night long, with CP hosting Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott on stage. Santa will be greeting guests all evening and handing out candy to children. All contributions will be going to Daily Bread Food Bank.

Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto and is the largest provider of food relief in the GTA. To learn more, please visit

Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, News — Adam Paralovos @ 1:57 pm