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Easter Weekend Holiday Meals

The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) has worked with its own drop-in network and Daily Bread Food Bank to release a list of meal programs that are available over this holiday weekend.

Please click here to download the pdf of meal programs available from Friday, April 18 to Monday April 21.






Date Added: April 17, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Meal Programs,Member Agencies,News — Sarah @ 12:37 pm

UFC Chefs: Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Chef Donna Dooher is looking forward to competing at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge. An accomplished chef, author and owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Donna has a passion for bringing people to the table. Her favourite part about being a chef? Seeing the delight of people enjoying the dishes she prepares. Having known someone who has needed a food bank, being a part of this event means even more to her since proceeds will go to food programs for low income children and families. Donna Screen shot

“As a cook, I see so much food coming back on guests plate,” says Chef Donna. “And I often think of those who have none. It saddens me to think that in a city like Toronto, in a country such as Canada, we have children who wake up hungry and go to school hungry.”

On May 7, she will be competing against Cibo Wine Bar’s Saverio Macri and Gusto 101’s Daniel Mezzolo to win the Ultimate Food Challenge crown. Using common food bank hamper ingredients, the chefs will have half an hour to create a tempting, delicious appetizer for judges Michael Bonacini, Massima Capra and Emily Richards to taste. Guests will also have a chance to try the chef’s competition dish and vote for their favourite as well.

Join Chef Donna Dooher at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge! Tickets are $150 and include drinks,  an espresso and dessert bar, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen as well as chef’s signature dishes and their competition dish. Buy tickets or find out more!

Date Added: April 15, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , — Sarah @ 12:00 pm

Food Sort Challenge



If you are part of an organization this is the perfect team building event for you!

On June 5th 24 corporate teams will battle to win the Food Sort Challenge title! This event is a fast paced event where team of 10 members race agaisnt the clock to sort the most donated food. Our goal is to raise $60,000 and sort 72,000 pounds of food.

Make your mark against hunger by registering a team right now and show Toronto that your corporate teams cares about fighting hunger!

Registration fee is $1,000 per team. There are three shifts to choose from: 9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., 1:30 P.M. – 4 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Teams then further their support by raising $1,500 in pledges. All proceeds got to the purchase of most-needed nutritious food to supplement food donations.
Register now – space is limited!

If you have any questions please contact

Thank you!

Date Added: April 14, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,Fundraising Events,News — Anita @ 3:06 pm

Spring Drive Update

Daily Bread’s Spring Drive ends in 2 weeks! With goals of $225,000 and 225,000 pounds of food, we’re currently at $75,000 and 64,000 pounds of food.

We have a couple of big food drives this week that we are still picking donations up from, but we need your help too! Not sure what to donate? Some of our most-needed food items include whole wheat pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna/meat and canned fruits and vegetables. Liem Vu from The Morning Show on Global visited us in the warehouse today to find out more about our Spring Drive!

Take a look at the video below to find our more about what kind of healthy food you can donate, and help us reach our goals by April 26. You can drop off food donations at any Loblaws, valu-mart, No Frills or Real Canadian Superstore as well as your local fire hall. Financial donations can be made by clicking here!

Date Added: April 11, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Spring Drive — Tags: , , , , — Sarah @ 11:45 am

Ultimate Food Challenge returns May 7

Daily Bread’s chef competition and fundraiser, the Ultimate Food Challenge is back!

Ultimate Food judge Michael Bonacini

Ultimate Food judge Michael Bonacini

On May 7, three chefs will test their skills in an attempt to create the best dish using ingredients found in a food bank hamper box. Chefs Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen), Saverio Macri (Cibo Wine Bar) and Daniel Mezzolo (Gusto 101) will face off in the ring while judges Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Emily Richards decide the ultimate winner.

Guests will have a chance to vote for their favourite challenge dish as well, and sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen and chef’s signature dishes from their restaurants. An espresso and dessert bar will round off the evening, along with a silent auction, drinks and an outdoor patio.

A culinary competition on the Toronto waterfront, proceeds from the Ultimate Food Challenge will support Daily Bread’s Food Services Training Program and meal programs for low-income children and families.

Tickets are $150 and on sale now! For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit

Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Chef Daniel Mezzolo


Donna Dooher (Executive Chef and Owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen)
Saverio Macri (Executive Chef, Cibo Wine Bar)
Daniel Mezzolo (Executive Chef, Gusto 101)


Michael Bonacini (Chef and Partner of restaurant company Oliver and Bonacini)
Massimo Capra (Chef and Co-owner of Mistura and Sopra Upper Lounge)
Emily Richards (Home Economist, Chef and Author)

Judge Emily Richards

Judge Emily Richards


Maureen Holloway (Co-host of Q107’s Derringer in the Morning with Maureen Holloway)
Fred Kennedy (Host of 102.1 the Edge’s Fearless Fred afternoon drive show)

Date Added: April 9, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News,Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Sarah @ 6:00 am

City Spring Food Drive on April 16

On Wednesday, April 16, join City’s Breakfast Television and CityNews at the Loblaws (380 The East Mall) and support Daily Bread Food Bank’s Spring Drive! Be sure to tune-in to Breakfast Television and CityNews for all the details.

Most needed food items include: pasta, dried/canned beans or lentils, rice, canned fruit and vegetables, baby formula and food, tomato sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna/meat and powdered milk. Every dollar donated means Daily Bread can provide $5 worth of food.


This Spring Drive, Daily Bread is encouraging supporters to share why they give with a tweet or a photo on Twitter using the hashtag #WhyIGiveTO.

Spread the word and inspire generosity! Whether it’s dropping off food donations at your local fire hall or running your own food drive, take a picture and share it with Toronto.

Financial donations can be made easily and securely online here. 

Date Added: April 4, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , , , — Sarah @ 11:25 am

The GTAA’s Spring Hope Food Drive is April 8!

What is the Spring Hope Food Drive, you ask? It is the largest door-to-door food drive in Canada, with 675 apartment buildings across the GTA participating. An annual event put on by the Greater Toronto Apartment Association, the Spring Hope Food Drive raised over 67,000 pounds of food and $4,000 for Daily Bread last year. On Tuesday, April 8, volunteers will come to your door between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to collect food donations for your local food bank.

If you know you won’t be home that night, you can also leave the food by your door and it will still get picked up. Often, buildings will also provide a donation bin in the lobby or office of your superintendent. If you’re not sure if your building is participating, ask your building management or check your building’s notice board for the Spring Hope Food Drive poster.

Not sure what to donate? Here are some of our most-needed food items:

  • Canned tuna/meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Baby food and formula
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Canned or dried beans and lentils
  • Powdered or Tetra Pak cartons of milk
  • Your family’s favourite, nutritious non-perishable food

Check in with your building management or superintendent to see if they are participating in the Spring Hope Food Drive.

For more information, please click here.

Date Added: April 3, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News,Spring Drive — Anita @ 1:57 pm



This Spring Drive, Daily Bread is encouraging supporters to share why they gave with a tweet or a photo on Twitter using the hashtag #WhyIGiveTO. Spread the word and inspire generosity! Whether it’s dropping off food donations at your local fire hall or running your own food drive, take a picture and share it with Toronto.

Win two tickets to see The Starfish Throwers at Hot Docs!
From April 2 to April 22, if you use the hashtag #WhyIGiveTO for the Spring Drive, we’ll enter you in to a contest to win two tickets to the Starfish Throwers on April 26 – the Hot Docs film Daily Bread is co-presenting.

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Date Added: April 1, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Contest,Fundraising Events,News,Spring Drive — Jessica @ 8:14 am

Spring Drive 2014


“The Spring Drive is a much-needed boost to ensure we’re supplying enough food to our member agencies. We’re already hearing of situations from our member agencies where they have had to shut their doors early on some days because there isn’t enough food to meet demand,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread Food Bank’s executive director. “That’s unacceptable, that someone in need has to be turned away because the shelves are empty. We need to fill those shelves.”

Daily Bread’s Spring Drive kicks off on April 2 and runs until April 26. Help us raise $225,000 and 225,000 pounds of nutritious food.

You can help! Donate todayorganize a food drive at your work or school or drop off food donations at your local fire hall or participating grocery store.

Date Added: | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News — Jessica @ 8:10 am

Volunteer for the Spring Drive!

Support Daily Bread by helping us collect much need food this spring. We are looking for volunteers to help hand out our food drive bags outside participating grocery stores. This is a family friendly event and the impact you will make is HUGE!

Shifts are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on two weekends: April 19, and April 26 and 27.

Please note, anyone under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

There are five locations across Toronto where you can volunteer:

Loblaws @ 396 St. Clair Ave W

Loblaws @ 2280 Dundas Ave W

Loblaws @ 380 The East Mall

Loblaws @ 650 Dupont St


Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens @ 60 Carlton St

Interested? Register online by clicking the locations above and choosing the shift and date you would like to sign up for. Have questions? Email if you have any questions.

Date Added: March 25, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Spring Drive,Volunteer Opportunities — Sarah @ 9:58 am

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