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A shout-out to organizers of 4 other great summer events

Cram-a-Cruiser and the Pinball Clemons Foundation get schools all over the city to “Just Give”!DSC_0022

Michael Pinball Clemons and his team organized a city wide drive in June through the Just Give Campaign! Toronto Police officers picked up about 10,000 lbs from 26 schools who joined the challenge!

 

 

 

TFC players score in the fight against hunger!

On June 27, the TFC team and Purolator employees and volunteers collected food and funds for Daily Bread. Thanks to MLSE, Purolator Tackle Hunger and TFC players and fans, over $8,000 was raised!

Hundreds of people Give 30 to make a mark on hunger!

Give 30 unites Torontonians, regardless of faith, to give back during Ramadan by encouraging donations to Daily Bread and other food banks across Canada. So far, the campaign has raised over $35,000!

give30Ziyaad Mia, Founder of Give 30 and a Daily Bread volunteer sorting food donations at Daily Bread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canstruction Toronto stocks our shelves during its annual competition!

19 creative structures, made entirely with non-perishable food, were on display at >>>>>>>.  When it was over, 73,000 pounds of nutritious food was donated.

cansFortuna by BA Consulting Group won the best structure at this year’s event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Date Added: August 28, 2015 | Filed under: Blog — Adam Paralovos @ 11:28 am



A Hole in One for Hunger!

SAS Institute tees up and raises over $21,000 for local charities and Daily Bread!

What could be better than a day of golf with your colleagues at the beautiful Station Creek golf club? A day of golf that also supports the thousands of people in Toronto struggling with hunger and poverty.

On June 20th SAS hosted its annual golf tournament. Now in its 15th year, the tournament aims to collect donations and build awareness for the Daily Bread and a handful of local charities. This year’s event saw record numbers in donations resulting in over $21,000 raised.

golf“SAS is committed to the communities in which we live and work, said Stuart Bowden, Senior Vice-President of Finance and Operations for SAS Canada. “Daily Bread is the largest provider of food relief in Toronto so we know the funds donated will be put to good use feeding those who would otherwise go without.”

A special thank you to SAS Institute and all of its employees for making the fight against hunger and poverty a priority this year. It’s wonderful that we can count on their support each year!


Date Added: August 25, 2015 | Filed under: Blog — Adam Paralovos @ 8:49 am



Fighting Hunger from Barcelona to Istanbul

How two Daily Bread champions turned a 2,700 km cycling trip into $5,000 to help people struggling with hunger.

Talk about going the distance! Marc-Antoine and Julien, best friends since childhood, embarked on an extraordinary challenge this summer – a 3 month, 2,700 km cycling excursion across Europe, from Barcelona to Istanbul.

It was a trip that took years of preparation, grueling training and meticulous planning. But as Marc-Antoine told us, it was a life goal – “a dream realized” – for both of them. And there was something else that was special about this trip – something that kept them motivated when the days got long. Marc-Antoine and Julien were also cycling to fight hunger.

“The more we told people about our cycling trip, they more they wanted to show their support by making a donation in our names,” recalls Marc-Antoine. “So we decided to direct that support to a charity and a cause we both cared about – Daily Bread. Food is such a basic need. We recognize that we’re very fortunate and wanted to do what we could to help.”

And making Daily Bread the recipient of these gifts was an obvious choice.

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Three years ago Marc-Antoine volunteered at Daily Bread with his workplace – sorting and packing food for our member agencies. It was a day that changed his view on hunger. “I was so surprised by the enormous need in Toronto,” he says. “Even in Canada there are huge inequalities when it comes to accessing food. And that’s something we need to change. I’ve been a regular donor ever since that first day of volunteering.”

When asked what advice he’d give to others wanting to raise funds for Daily Bread, Marc-Antoine doesn’t even think twice. “Just do it!”, he exclaims. “It can seem challenging at first, but we were astonished at the level of support we received from family and friends. We realized our dream and found a way to make a difference to the community.”

Marc-Antoine and Julien take a break in Sunny France. This summer the duo cycled across Europe and raised money for Daily Bread along the way.


Date Added: | Filed under: Blog — Adam Paralovos @ 8:42 am



Food Sort Challenge Returns!

IT’S BACK!
Food Sort Challenge is on November 18, 2015

Our most popular event is back for another round of sweat inducing, adrenaline moving, fun-packed sorting! A DJ will be onsite to blare music into our systems and get you moving, singing, dancing and, most importantly, sorting!

You will compete against 28 teams in a race against the clock to sort as much food as possible in two hours!  You’ll have a hopping good time while making a difference in the fight against hunger.

All of the donations raised will be put to work right away. Every $1 allows Daily Bread to distribute $5 worth of food through a network of over 140 member agencies and 200 meal programs. And that’s not all! The food you help to sort will be distributed across Toronto and served on the table of families that rely on Daily Bread for support.

Don’t wait – there are limited spots! Registration fee is $1100 per team. We are also asking all teams to fundraise: the more money you raise, the better the chance you have of winning.

Register now and secure your team before it’s too late!

Shifts you can choose from:

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact Sandra at Sandra@dailybread.ca.

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Date Added: July 14, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, News — Adam Paralovos @ 10:06 am



City releases interim report on a poverty reduction strategy

A holistic view of poverty

Yesterday, the city of Toronto released its interim report on a Poverty Reduction Strategy that looked at a number of top priorities and recommendations to reduce poverty in the City of Toronto.

“Torontonians, especially in many low-income communities, need better access to affordable, nutritious food.” – TO Prosperity Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy

As the report stated, access to healthy, nutritious food can be challenging, especially for those on low incomes. Food is a two-tier system, with food at restaurants, farmer’s markets and at grocery stores often being priced far out of range for most families in need. Hunger in Toronto is not about a lack of food, but a lack of income. People on low incomes, or coming to a food bank, simply don’t have enough money to purchase food – regardless of how close or far a grocery store or market might be.

10.2 – Ensure people on income assistance can afford healthy food

One of the points that Daily Bread’s submission to the community consultations made was that many issues around income security that drive food bank use are outside the scope of the city’s responsibility. Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program, the two main income assistance programs that lock people in to poverty, are run by the province. However, the city can, and should, play a stronger, more visible role in advocating that these issues be addressed at both the provincial and federal level. If Toronto’s current mayor can get federal funding for a transit plan, surely there is an opportunity to bring other priority issues in to focus at other levels of government.

10.3 – Support food banks to improve the quality of their food stock, provide culturally specific food, and increase access and eligibility to food for people in need

Daily Bread provides food for over 200 food programs in over 140 community agencies across Toronto. It is a struggle to raise and distribute enough healthy and nutritious food for people coming to food banks. Even though over 40 per cent of the food Daily Bread provides is fresh (fruits, vegetables, yogurt, eggs, milk and meat), we are always striving for more. Providing nutritious food is about providing a healthy mix that people can choose from.

Many community and social service agencies, drop-ins and homeless shelters provide nutritious food programs in addition to many other programs that provide support in other areas. It’s why Daily Bread’s onsite food bank also provides information and referral services to address the poverty-related issues that are driving people to food banks in the first place. Providing healthy food is the first step, but to do that, food programs require both nutritious food and adequate space. Food programs are getting squeezed out and can’t compete with the money that developers can pay for space in Toronto. In addition, the network of social service programs, including food banks, have a hard time adapting quickly to the movement of poverty from the downtown core to the inner suburbs of Scarborough and Etobicoke.

While areas such as housing and improved income security programs are foundational to reducing poverty and hunger, the City could help increase food security for people with low incomes in three key areas:

  • Helping increase the availability of space to run food banks, as the needed facilities to run programs such as food banks are disappearing;
  • Making a granting process available for food banks that help capital and core funding requirements for essential equipment like large freezers, so nutritious, perishable food can be adequately stored; and,
  • Through partnership with Toronto Public Health, helping to fund the bulk purchase of key dietary items that are seen as critical in order for households to have a nutritious diet, and distributed through the food bank network.

12.2 – Create clear policies that support the development of community kitchens, outdoor bake ovens, community cooking classes and other food-oriented activities that support social cohesion and food access, and create economic opportunities

Recent research from Valerie Tarasuk, a professor at the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, found that 5 per cent or less of low-income residents had accessed community kitchens and community gardens. While very important and worthy initiatives for other reasons, they have proven unable to meet the needs of Torontonians facing hunger on the scale that is required. That is why it is good to see that there is such a mix of opportunities presented here for Torontonians at all levels of income. Creating a vibrant city means having multiple options for people to participate, but ultimately hunger is about poverty and a lack of money to buy food.

To read the Food Security section of the City of Toronto’s interim report on a Poverty Reduction Strategy, please click here.

Read the full Daily Bread and member agency submission to the City of Toronto’s community consultations on a Poverty Reduction Strategy.

 


Date Added: June 24, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, News — Adam Paralovos @ 12:58 pm



Give 30 Returns

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Ramadan-inspired campaign to help fight hunger starts June 11

Help fight hunger and feed families who are struggling with hunger across Toronto!

Give 30 is a Ramadan-inspired campaign that started three years ago in Toronto by local resident Ziyaad Mia, in partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank. Since then, Give 30 has expanded to communities across Canada and continues to grow every year!

Ramadan is a month of fasting – no more morning coffees or sandwiches from the cafeteria for lunch. When Mia originally came up with the idea, he thought about how much money he would save not buying coffee every day. And then he thought about all the people who can’t afford food at all.

People who aren’t fasting can also take part, says Give 30 founder Ziyaad Mia, noting that donations have come from people of all faiths and backgrounds. “Everyone can participate in the spirit of Ramadan,” Mia emphasizes.  “Hunger knows no race, religion, ethnicity or creed and that’s why it’s important for everyone to join Give 30.”

“Brown bag your lunch for the month or tally up 30 days of coffee money.  Whatever it is, it can make a difference in the lives of those who don’t have enough to eat.”

During the summer months, donations from the public drop significantly – which means people have less nutritious food on the table. Your gift allows Daily Bread to distribute food to over 200 food programs across Toronto.

Give 30 – ideas to give!

  • Brown bag your lunch for the month and donate the money you’ve saved!
  • Tally up 30 days of coffee money and, you guessed it, donate it!

Click here to donate to Daily Bread Food Bank!


Date Added: June 11, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, News — Adam Paralovos @ 3:45 pm



Training together

Food banks and meal programs from across Toronto come together for workshops on disability issues

Daily Bread Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank (NYHFB) and Second Harvest provide food for hundreds of programs across Toronto. Together, they also jointly organize a free full-day training event IMG_6383_lrfor the staff and volunteers that coordinate these food programs.

“This was my first Joint Agency Training Workshop, and it was wonderful to see so many agency staff and volunteers connecting with like-minded people from across the city,” said NYHFB’s Rowena Power, one of the co-organizers. “So often we work in isolation, so it’s really positive to feel like we are all part of something bigger.”

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The 13th Joint Agency Training Workshop focused on disability issues, providing workshops in key areas such as changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), mental health awareness and food program accessibility for those with both invisible and visible disabilities. Over 64 agencies came together to share knowledge and learn more about an issue that affects many of those coming to food banks and meal programs. Twenty-eight per cent of people coming to a food bank are on ODSP, and 49 per cent IMG_6416_lrof food bank clients have a disability.

The cost of living with a disability
Most people can’t live on ODSP alone – that’s why they are coming to food banks. A final panel discussion looked at this issue in depth: what political and policy trends are affecting people on ODSP, as well as those living with a disability or physical illness? What can agencies do to help?
John Stapleton, a Daily Bread board member who is part of Open Policy Ontario, spoke about how challenging a situation it can be, with nine different disability benefits possible. ODSP can be an extremely isolating program, with the entire process wrapped up in red tape. What can agencies do to help?

Helping people find their voice
Because it’s so isolating, many people coming to a food bank or meal program find that their local food IMG_6435_lrprogram often becomes so much more than just a place where they can access food. A food bank client from a recent survey said that her local food bank was also “her friends, her community, her restaurant and her library.” Building on that community that is already there, Stapleton suggested that helping people find their own voice is one of the biggest ways agencies can help.

I’m not the only one
Carolyn Bierma, one of the workshop organizers from Daily Bread, agrees that paving the way for people to self-advocate is valuable.
“Some people are natural-born advocates. But the reality for many others is that poverty grinds down that part of their self-worth and mental health until they have nothing left,” said Carolyn. “Many clients have expressed how much of a challenge it was for them to get to that place where you realize you’re not the only one struggling, and you start to come out of that isolation and learn some self-compassion…it is a struggle to realize ‘Hey, I’m in this situation NOT because there is something fundamentally wrong with me but because there is something fundamentally wrong with the system; it doesn’t help people the way it’s supposed to.’

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Date Added: May 29, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Member Agencies, News — Tags: , , , — Sarah @ 1:17 pm



Poverty Reduction and Food Security: A Conversation

Daily Bread submits report on improving access to food for City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy as part of community consultations

In April 2014 City Council directed the development of a City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy. In the City’s first round of consultations for its Poverty Reduction Strategy, food banks were discussed frequently when it came to suggested actions on improving access to food.

The City is currently wrapping up its second phase of consultation, which sought input in order to identify top priorities and principles, as well as focused “deep dives” on recommendations from specific areas (such as affordable housing, child care, support for quality nutrition for all). With a group of representatives from some of Daily Bread’s member agencies, Daily Bread staff facilitated and took part in a group discussion exploring some of the recommendations made in this first round of consultations, identifying some key recommendations in order to fight hunger and poverty in Toronto in both the short and long term.

Income and housing: foundational to addressing food insecurity

Despite the high number of people coming to food banks in the city, food programs only meet a fraction of the level of need. Recent research from Valerie Tarasuk, a professor at the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, found that just over 20 per cent of low-income residents had accessed a food bank, and 5 per cent or less accessed community kitchens and community gardens.[1] While very important and worthy initiatives for other reasons, they have proven unable to meet the needs of Torontonians facing hunger on the scale that is required.

As such, discussion participants felt that housing and income were foundational areas to address in order to address food insecurity. Without sufficiently addressing those two areas, little progress will be made on eliminating hunger and poverty in our city. As many issues around income security that drive food bank use rest outside the scope of the city’s responsibility, participants felt that the city can and should play a stronger, more visible role in advocating for these issues to be addressed at the provincial and federal level.

Suggested actions to improve food access: Looking closer

While these areas are foundational to reducing poverty and hunger, discussion participants felt that the City could help increase food security for people with low income in three key areas:

  • Helping increase the availability of space to run food banks, as the needed facilities to run programs such as food banks are disappearing;
  • Making a granting process available for food banks that help capital and core funding requirements for essential equipment like large freezers, so nutritious, perishable food can be adequately stored; and,
  • Through partnership with Toronto Public Health, helping to fund the bulk purchase of key dietary items that are seen as critical in order for households to have a nutritious diet, and distributed through the food bank network.

Moving forward

As the City proceeds with its Poverty Reduction Strategy, there is much potential for progress to be made that improves the quality of life for all its citizens. Daily Bread, its vast agency network that helps feed Toronto, and the individuals who access their services, have a great deal of knowledge and experience that can help continue to inform this strategy as it moves forward. With that, the City of Toronto can help Daily Bread, along with its member agencies, in its mission to end poverty and hunger in our communities.

Click here to download and read Daily Bread’s full submission to the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations – Poverty Reduction and Food Security: A Conversation.

[1] S Kirkpatrick, V Tarasuk. Food insecurity and participation in community food programs among low-income Toronto families. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2009; 100(2): 135-139.


Date Added: May 21, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Member Agencies, News, Policy, Research — Tags: — Sarah @ 4:06 pm



Come work for us this summer!

We’re hiring for two positions through the Canada Summer Job Program, an Assistant Receptionist and Information & Referral Support Worker. Both positions are 30 hours per week, starting July 6 until August 28.

To apply for these positions you must meet the Canada Summer Job Programs eligibility requirements, which include being between 15 and 30 years of age and a full-time student this past year who intends to return to school on a full-time basis next year.

For more information on these jobs, eligibility and how to apply, click here to check out our job opportunities page! Deadline to apply is Friday, June 5.


Date Added: May 20, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Job Opportunities, News — Sarah @ 4:09 pm



Congratulations to this year’s Best in Class winners

Last night Daily Bread hosted the annual Best in Class Awards which recognized the amazing and outstanding support from our community and corporate leaders in our fight against hunger!

Here are the highlights of the evening and the 2014 award winners:

Community Fundraiser Award: Daily Flag for Daily Bread 

Congratulations to Michelynn and Benedict Hilliard on this great accomplishment and for all of their efforts for Daily Bread.

Daily Flag for Daily Bread is a truly a unique event that raises donations and creates awareness about poverty and hunger issues in the Beaches neighbourhood. This event takes place over 25 days and actively engages neighbours and friends who create one-of-a-kind flags and then auctions them off, with proceeds going to Daily Bread. Last year, Daily Flag for Daily Bread doubled its donations and allowed Daily Bread to reach out and help more people in need.

“We have to keep at it until the government does more on this issue of hunger,” said Benedict Hilliard.

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Benedict Hilliard (Daily Flag for Daily Bread) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director.

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Benedict Hilliard (Daily Flag for Daily Bread) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director.

Volunteer Team Award: CIBC

CIBC and its employees lead by example by donating hundreds and sometimes even thousands of hours of their time and their valuable skills – volunteering on-site in our warehouse or at member agencies; participating in special events and in some cases sharing their technical expertise with us.

Since 2008, CIBC employees have been regular volunteer fixtures in our warehouse. They have devoted a remarkable 3,000 hours of their time to Daily Bread. CIBC employees are committed to the communities where they work and live and we are grateful for their support!

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Lina Lanni (CIBC District Branch Manager),  Carissa Lucreziano, (General Manager- CIBC) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Lina Lanni (CIBC District Branch Manager), Carissa Lucreziano, (General Manager- CIBC) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).

Corporate Donor Award: Great Gulf 

This year we are recognizing one of our long-time donors who have shown their leadership in support of hunger issues since 2003 – congratulations Great Gulf! One of the unique things about Great Gulf is that they are one of our only corporate donors to make consistent monthly donations. We know we can count on them each and every month! This is a huge help especially when the shelves are low and we need to purchase additional food items to supplement what has been donated.

“We are going to bring our staff to volunteer and challenge others to do the same, ” said Madeline Zito, who is the Vice President of Public Relations at Great Gulf. “This is such a worthwhile cause.”

From l to r: Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director) and Madeline Zito (Vice President Public Relations for Great Gulf).

From l to r: Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director) and Madeline Zito (Vice President Public Relations for Great Gulf).

Food Industry Donor Award: Campbell’s Company of Canada

Campbell’s Company of Canada has consistently provided outstanding food donations, of significant quality and quantity and on a regular basis.  Campbell’s understands that hunger is a complex issue – they support hunger issues through donations and also work hard to raise awareness and inspire our neighbours to get involved. Last year alone, they provided over half a million pounds’ worth of food donations. They are probably the best neighbour we could ever imagine!

“There are many people that are really struggling to feed their families and many children as well who are going hungry,” said Moya Brown. “At Campbell’s, we are committed to alleviating that hunger.”

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Moya Brown (VP, Marketing  at Campbell’s Company of Canada) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Moya Brown (VP, Marketing at Campbell’s Company of Canada) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).

Agency Award: Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry

Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry, has been working with Daily Bread since 2008. This agency has consistently stepped up and covered areas when a food bank in the area has closed down, leaving a potentially devastating gap in being able to provide food to those in need. They are reliable leaders in helping to feed people in Toronto and we’d like to congratulate all of their efforts and the impact they have on people’s lives every day.

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Leticia Jonayon (Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Leticia Jonayon (Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).

Partner Award:  Toronto Professional Fire Fighters

The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters have shown commitment and outstanding leadership! Every member of their team is already a hero in our city but they are also heroes for Daily Bread. Thanks to their generosity and support Daily Bread would face a big gap in our link to the community and in providing enough food to both our agencies and the food programs we support.

These leaders in our community and their fire stations have already collected over one million pounds of food. They’ve also run their own annual event since 2010 called The Starkman Cup Trivia Challenge and through that have raised $80,000. But, their support doesn’t stop there. This group also supports our other events and have collaborated by helping to create awareness across the city and through the donation of their time at some of Daily Bread’s third-party events.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than when a five-year-old has a little bag with soup cans in their hands and we have to lift him up so they can put it the box…It’s extremely gratifying to work with Daily Bread,” said Frank Ramagnano as he accepted the award on behalf of Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association.

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member),  Frank Ramagnano (President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).

From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Frank Ramagnano (President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).

To see more photos from this year’s Best in Class, check out the album on our Facebook page by clicking here.

 

 

 

 


Date Added: May 7, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, Member Agencies, News — Sarah @ 1:49 pm



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