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Canada Day Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours

Click here to find out more information on meal programs and drop-in hours on Canada Day around Toronto. Special holiday meals provided by drop-ins are noted. The information on this list has been created by the Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) from information provided by TDIN members and community agenices.

The information is accurate as of June 30, 2016 but is subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm services, meals and hours!

Date Added: June 30, 2016 | Filed under: Blog, Meal Programs, News — Tags: , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 3:12 pm

Ontario ends clawback of child support payments

The Minister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek, announced today that the Ontario government will no longer claw back child support payments. Currently, a parent on social assistance and receiving child support payments has their social assistance reduced by the amount they receive in child support.

Reducing the clawback of child support payments from social assistance is something that Daily Bread has advocated strongly for.  In Daily Bread’s 2015 and 2016 Ontario budget submissions, we asked for a withdrawal rate as a strong first step in the right direction. The complete elimination of the clawback of child support payments is excellent news. We are hopeful it will go a long way to reducing the number of children and youth in poverty and in need of food programs in Ontario. Currently, over a third of people coming to food banks in Toronto are children.

The Minister has also announced an Income Security Working Group, tasked with coming up with a concrete plan to improve the lives of people on low incomes in Ontario. Daily Bread’s board member, John Stapleton, is a member of this group. This group will be working in conjunction with a Basic Income pilot project that is scheduled to roll out in 2017.

Click here to read the Ontario government’s announcement to end the child support clawback.

Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, Government, News, Policy — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 3:09 pm

Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons helps make a difference with Just Give

Over 25,000 pounds of food and $40,000 raised!


Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons

On Wednesday June 8, 2016 former Toronto Argonauts football player and coach, Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons visited Daily Bread Food Bank. Michael, and his team from the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation, joined volunteers from Purolator and Toronto Police Services to participate in its annual ‘Just Give’ campaign to help spread acts of kindness throughout Toronto.

And there are many ways for everyone to give. This year, Just Give had not one, but two food drive challenges to raise donations for local food banks, including Daily Bread. The Cram-A-Curbsider food drive invited local businesses and corporations to band employees together to fight hunger.

And Cram-A-Cruiser had hundreds of students collect food donations and ‘cram’ it into police cars.


Toronto police officer arrives at Daily Bread Food Bank with his cruiser crammed with food

Whether it was holding doors open, giving high-fives at Union station, or heading down to City Hall to give Pinball Clemons a hug, there were many activities celebrating kindness during Just Give.

But obviously the one closest to Daily Bread’s heart is the Just Give food drive, which will help families struggling with hunger have access to nutritious food throughout the year. “During the summer months, people aren’t thinking about hunger, they aren’t thinking about donating food,” says Michael, Co-Founder of Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation. “But people still need to eat.” The decline in summer food donations is one of the reasons why the food drive is such a focal point of the Just Give campaign.


Daily Bread Food Bank’s Gail Nyberg with Michael and his team after a long, successful day.

“One in three Canadians access the food bank at some point in their life – that’s a lot of us. In a country that is as rich as this…everybody should be able to eat,” says Michael. “It’s an immediate impact. You give food today and someone eats it tomorrow. Most people need help for a short time, and then spend majority of their lives helping others.”

When you give, you can help make a difference in someone else’s life. Thank you to everyone who gave to help make Just Give a success!

Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, News — Tags: , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 9:53 am

Daily Bread Letter to Mayor Tory and Executive Committee

Today, the Executive Committee at City Council will meet to discuss the Budget Committee’s recommendation that a 2.6 per cent cut to all budgets be implemented for this year’s budget, in order to balance it. In response, Daily Bread Food Bank sent the following letter to Mayor Tory and the Executive Committee expressing our concerns about a blanket cut to services.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Dear Mayor Tory and Executive Committee:

Tomorrow, you will have the opportunity to discuss how to make ends meet based on the budget committee’s call for a 2.6 per cent spending cut. This is the sixth consecutive year in which there will be budget reductions in a city which has unacceptable levels of poverty and hunger. Instead of making cuts that will negatively affect Toronto’s most vulnerable, we ask that you protect residents from further cuts to city services and infrastructure.

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.

There is a widening gap between the have and have nots in this City. While Toronto has a red hot real estate market and a very competitive business environment, Toronto also has the highest levels of working poor and child poverty in Canada. And hunger is on the rise. Daily Bread’s latest Who’s Hungry report shows that there were nearly 900,000 visits to Toronto food banks last year, with a 45 per cent increase in visits to food banks in the inner suburbs since 2008. People are stretched to their limits due to high rental costs, and are skipping meals to afford TIC fare in order to get to jobs or doctors’ appointments. Member agencies are bursting at the seams in the former inner suburbs (e.g. Etobicoke and Scarborough), while food programs in the city core have disappeared or are at risk of disappearing due to gentrification, redevelopment and the accompanying increases in rent.

City budgets that see increases to user fees and transit costs well above the rate of inflation, while keeping property taxes below the rate of inflation, only reinforce this widening gap between the rich and the poor.

We ask that you do not balance a budget on the backs of the most vulnerable in Toronto.



Richard Matern
Senior Manager, Research
Daily Bread Food Bank
T: 416-203-0050 ext. 288


Date Added: June 28, 2016 | Filed under: Blog, Government, In the News, Information, News, Policy, Research — Tags: , , , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 9:00 am