Date Added: March 4, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Youth Program — Jessica @ 1:10 pm
From March 7 to March 14, high school students ages 15 and up are invited to come in to volunteer during our regular business hours. Students will have the opportunity to help sort food donations, pack orders in the warehouse and work in the kitchen, all while completing their required 40 hours of community service. Advanced sign up is mandatory.
Click here for more information and to register.
Don’t miss this great March Break volunteer opportunity, spaces are limited!
Date Added: February 25, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News — Sarah @ 12:39 pm
Recently, many media outlets reported that Daily Bread’s executive director, Gail Nyberg, is supporting John Tory’s mayoral candidacy in this year’s municipal election. While Gail Nyberg is supporting this campaign, she is doing so as a private citizen and on her own personal time.
Daily Bread Food Bank is not supporting any single campaign and remains non-partisan. With 946,000 food bank visits in Toronto last year, we will continue to work with all candidates to make hunger and poverty an important election issue.
Daily Bread envisions a healthy, economically vibrant city where mothers and fathers don’t have to worry about their children going to bed hungry; where safe, affordable housing allows neighbourhoods to thrive; where good job opportunities will help lift people out of poverty.
Date Added: February 24, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Volunteer — Jessica @ 3:44 pm
Last month, Alex, J.B., Jeff and Benjamin came to volunteer for Daily Bread. They are all part of Reena’s Pathways to the Community program. Reena is an organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities in many different ways.
Reena has been working with Daily Bread for almost five years now, bringing in different groups to volunteer.
“Volunteering at Daily Bread allows participants to gain skills and experience that they can use to further their roles in the community and feel valued,” said Justin Castator, the staff supervisior from Reena who was accompanying the volunteers.
This was Jeff’s first day volunteering, while J.B., Alex and Benjamin, have been coming for a year or more.
What do you like about volunteering at Daily Bread?
“We love coming to Daily Bread to meet new people and make new friends”, said J.B. As volunteers, they often help sort donated food or powdered milk. One of the best things about volunteering, everyone agreed, was knowing that they are helping other people.
What have you learned?
“We’ve learned how to sort food, and read labels,” said Alex, who has been volunteering for a year at Daily Bread. They also learned important things about food health and safety.
J.B., who travels all the way from Thornhill to Etobicoke on public transit by himself, said that one of the most important things he has learned is independence – gaining confidence that he can do things on his own.
What is Reena’s Pathways to the Community program?
The program is the next stage for participants who have completed high school and need some additional assistance finding meaningful roles in the community such as employment as well as social and recreational opportunities. Volunteering is just one aspect of how Reena’s Pathways to the Community program helps participants, as well cooking programs, recreational outings and physical activity. www.reena.org.
Daily Bread Food Bank values diversity and inclusion. We work with a number of community volunteer groups, including those with individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Please contact email@example.com for more information on how to volunteer if you are a community group.
Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, Government, Policy, Research, Social Assistance — Jessica @ 3:42 pm
740,000 people in Ontario rely on disability benefits to survive
Canadians statistics indicate that individuals with disabilities are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as those without disabilities. They also face higher unemployment rates with lower average incomes[ii] . A recent study released by the United Way shows that in the last 20 years precarious forms of employment have increased by nearly 50 per cent in Toronto and the surrounding area. This means that more people are relying on part-time, temporary and contract employment without access to employee benefits in order to survive.
In a report written for the Metcalf Foundation, social policy expert and Daily Bread board member John Stapleton explores how the changing labour market is impacting access to disability programs in Canada. His research points to the disproportional growth of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) which he calls the “welfareization” of disability incomes.
As a form of social assistance, the ODSP program places strict limits on personal assets, outside income and other sources of support – as Stapleton explains in his report, “almost everyone living on ODSP is poor since the programs design insists upon it.” In Ontario nearly 740,000 individuals rely on disability benefits to survive, with up to 42 per cent receiving ODSP support. To understand the growth of ODSP in recent years, we need to first understand the complexity of disability support programs in Canada.
ODSP is part of a complicated system of eight different programs that Stapleton breaks down into two main categories. The first group are ‘employer triggered programs’. These programs are only available to individuals that have participated in regular paid work, but are no longer working. It does not include people who have been on contract or doing seasonal work. The programs that cover this type of work include private insurance, workers’ compensation, Canada Pension Plan – Disability (CPP-D), veterans’ disability, and Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefit.
The second category is made up of programs that are not based on having been employed and includes ODSP, disability tax credits and the registered disability savings plan (RDSP). When it was first introduced in the 1990s, ODSP was intended to be a disability benefit of last resort for individuals unable to work. However, with the increasing prevalence of precarious work, ODSP has become a critical safety net for many individuals who no longer qualify for employer-triggered programs. After draining savings and personal assets, people who are sick, injured or disabled turn to ODSP as their only option for financial assistance.
There are no easy solutions but Stapleton warns in his report that any attempt to design a new disability income program must take into account the larger context and must not be done in isolation. He argues the need for further research in order to better understand the causes and consequences of the welfareization of disability. With this knowledge policy makers will be able to “provide more effective, robust, and humane support to Ontarians and Canadians with disabilities.” If we want to create a just system of disability support which ensures income security and access to gainful employment, then all levels of government along with private and non-profit sectors must work together to develop a coherent set of policies that are focused on the dignity and value of each member of our society.
Click here to download the full report.
Date Added: February 11, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, Fundraising Events, News — Anita @ 1:07 pm
Annual trivia challenge returns to Steam Whistle Brewing
The Starkman Cup is back for its 9th year! An annual trivia challenge presented by the Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association, this event raises money for Daily Bread Food Bank’s programs across the city.
Want to be the newest know-it-all champion (bragging rights included)? Here’s your chance! Join us in a battle of minds at this unique trivia event. Named in memory of Randy Starkman, a journalist with the Toronto Star who was a well-known and beloved trivia player, this year’s Starkman Cup will be hosted by TVO’s Steve Paikin. A healthy working knowledge of Star Trek, The Simpsons, sports, television (both bad and good) and the TTC should be all you need to know…maybe.
When: Monday, March 10, 2014 | 6:30p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse 255 Bremner Blvd.
Tickets: $75 per person or $600 for a team of 8. Includes a dinner prepared by Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen.
If you are an individual, don’t worry! You will be placed with a team for the event.
Register now! This will be an unforgettable night!
Date Added: January 24, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Government — Jessica @ 1:28 pm
By Heather Brady
Every day, hundreds of thousands of people in Ontario turn to their local food bank for support in putting food on the table. Although originally introduced as a temporary solution, food banks continue to serve as a vital response to the growing issue of hunger. Throughout the province food banks have developed innovative programs to provide healthy, nutritious food to their communities. Despite their efforts however they continue to be faced with decreasing donations and increasing demand for services. As a result, many food banks are struggling to find enough fresh and healthy produce for everyone that comes through their doors. Thanks to an act of provincial government, this struggle just got a little bit easier.
The Ontario Government made history by becoming the first province in Canada to provide a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits and vegetables to local food banks. Beginning in January, farmers in Ontario will receive a 25 per cent tax credit based on the fair market value of the produce that they donate. This tax credit will help cover the costs of harvesting and transporting produce to food banks. Farmers in Ontario play a very important role in supporting local food banks and have donated thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables across the province. A tax credit will encourage further donation and will help offset the additional costs that farmers must incur to collect, process and deliver their produce to local food banks.
This private members bill was first introduced by MPP Bob Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton) who became involved after he volunteered at a local food bank in Sarnia and heard of their need for fresh fruit and vegetables. The idea was to implement a tax credit which would support local food banks, local farmers and low-income Ontarians. It would provide a financial benefit for farmers and would increase the supply of nutritious food to food banks and families in Ontario.
For the last three years Mr. Bailey worked with the Ontario Association of Food Banks to gain support for this initiative. While it has been a slow process with delays in bringing the bill forward because of timing issues, the bill received unanimous support from all parties and was championed this past summer by Premier Wynne. For Mr. Bailey this has been an example of what can be accomplished when all parties work together – the result is a win for everyone involved.
Bill Laidlaw, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB), worked tirelessly alongside MPP Bob Bailey to bring this bill into reality and congratulated the Ontario government for this tax credit and for recognizing the importance of food security across Ontario. Alongside his praise however were some words of caution, “While it is great to see a tax credit of this kind created and passed by the provincial government, there is more that needs to be done, and more that can be done, to eradicate hunger in Ontario.”
Date Added: January 9, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer Opportunities, Youth Program — Sarah @ 9:46 am
Daily Bread’s Youth Program provides educational and volunteer opportunities for students aged 8 and up. If you are a teacher interested in bringing a class to Daily Bread, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Caileigh is a Grade 7 student who volunteered along with her class this year, and shared what she learned about food banks, Daily Bread and hunger while she was here.
I thought that visiting the “Daily Bread Food Bank” was a very humbling experience. You would not normally think of how fortunate we are to have all of our basic needs met daily. We all have food, water, warmth, shelter, and a school education. Some people in the GTA do not have those things to support themselves, or their families.
The people, who donate their time at the food bank, do so as unpaid volunteers. They generously help their fellow citizens, out of the goodness of their hearts. As a school we collected a large amount of food, but that is only a fraction of what is really needed.
We experienced; packaging carrots, making little bags of milk, and packaging non-perishable food items. Even the few hours we helped made a big difference, and helped make the regular volunteers tasks just a bit easier, for a day. It made me feel good to donate both time and food to help people in need.
Most of the people that go to the food bank are embarrassed. They ask their family and friends for help first but eventually turn to the food bank. Visiting the food bank was a great eye opening experience. Spending your time helping the citizens that need help the most.
- Caileigh, Grade 7, TMS School
Date Added: January 6, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Sarah @ 9:58 am
Fire fighters drop off food donations to Daily Bread
Holiday Drive extended to January 10 for food
WHAT: Fire fighters donate food to Daily Bread
Toronto fire fighters will be rolling up to Daily Bread on Tuesday morning with food donations collected from the public through local fire halls. While Daily Bread has reached its $2.5 million goal, the Holiday Drive has raised only 505,000 pounds towards a goal of 1 million pounds of food. Representatives of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association will also be on hand with a donation of $1000 towards buying food.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 7 at 10:30 A.M.
WHO: Gail Nyberg, Executive Director, Daily Bread Food Bank
Damien Walsh, Vice President, Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association
WHERE: Daily Bread Food Bank
Loading Docks – Second entrance after main parking lot
191 New Toronto Street (Off Islington, north of Lakeshore)
GENERAL HOLIDAY DRIVE INFORMATION
Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall or participating grocery stores. Most needed food items include canned fish, peanut butter, rice, pasta, tomato sauce, canned/dried beans, baby food and formula, powdered milk and canned fruits and vegetables.
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For more information:
Senior Manager, Communications
T: 416-203-0050 ext. 238
Date Added: January 2, 2014 | Filed under: News — Sarah @ 12:07 pm
Thank you to everyone who donated to CBC’s Sounds of the Season campaign, a fundraiser for local GTA food banks.
Sounds of the Season ended on December 31, raising over $581,355, and breaking last year’s record of $501,200 by $80,000!
For highlights of the Sounds of the Season kick-off event on December 6, click here. Shows including Metro Morning, Here and Now, Fresh Air and Big City, Small World broadcast in front of a live studio audience along with special guests including Serena Ryder, Toronto Mass Choir, Commander Chris Hadfield, the Wexford Gleeks, Jian Ghomeshi and Amanda Martinez.
Date Added: December 30, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News — Sarah @ 12:18 pm
The Ontario provincial government is coordinating a program to provide some money towards replacing perishable food lost due to power outages as a result of last week’s ice storm. Families will be eligible for up to $100, and individuals $50 in grocery gift cards. The cards will be available at Ontario Works offices from December 31 to January 3. Please note those offices will be closed on January 1st. For more information, or to find out where your closest Ontario Works office is located, please click here.
Looking to donate to ice storm relief? Click here to make a donation now. Under ‘How would you like to designate your gift’ you can choose to make your gift to either the ‘Government Gift Card program for ice storm relief’ or ‘Food bank clients affected by the storm’.
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