Date Added: December 3, 2013 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive — Jessica @ 12:22 pm
At Toronto Fire Station 332 on November 27th, we launched our annual Holiday Drive along with the support of the Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association (TPFFA).
Our Holiday Drive runs from November 27th to December 31st, with the largest donation goals ever: $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food.
“November was a particularly slow month for donations, and we’re worried about that. We send hundreds of thousands of pounds of food out a month to meal programs and food banks across Toronto. We want to make sure that the thousands of families that rely on Daily Bread don’t have to worry about how to feed their children this winter, as well as this holiday season,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director.
Date Added: | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Fundraising Events,News — Sarah @ 10:23 am
On Monday December 16 and Tuesday December 17, Daily Bread volunteers will be out at TTC stations in Toronto collecting your donations of change!
From 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the morning, and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. volunteers will be at Bloor-Yonge, Dundas, King, Queen and Queen’s Park shaking donation tins in support of Daily Bread.
Help fight hunger this holiday!
Date Added: | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,Fundraising Events,Holiday Drive,Volunteer,Volunteer Opportunities — Anita @ 10:09 am
You can make an incredible difference! Help Daily Bread ensure that no one is left hungry!
Support Daily Bread by helping us collect food this holiday season! We are looking for volunteers to help hand out our food drive bags at participating grocery stores. This is a family-friendly event and the impact you will make is HUGE! By handing out bags, you are giving individuals the opportunity to fill each bag with nutritious non-perishable food which can be donated and dropped off in bins located inside each store.
Click the links below to book your shift at a specific grocery store. Shifts are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on two weekends, December 13 and 14, and December 21 and 22.
Please note, anyone under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Loblaws @ 396 St. Clair Ave W
Loblaws @ 2280 Dundas Ave W
Loblaws @ 380 The East Mall
Loblaws @ 50 Musgrave Street
Loblaws @ 1755 Brimley Road
Date Added: November 29, 2013 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: Black Friday, Daily Bread Food Bank, Giving Tuesday, Holiday Drive, Toronto food banks — Sarah @ 11:46 am
Tired of Black Friday already? How about creating a new tradition and giving back to charities in your community with Giving Tuesday?
On December 3, charities across the country are encouraging people to give back by donating or volunteering their time this holiday season. December 3 is the ‘opening day of the giving season’!
Giving Tuesday began in the United States in 2012 and helped online giving increase by over 50%. That’s a lot of charities able to do a lot more good in the community. For Daily Bread, it means we can provide more nutritious food to people who are struggling with hunger. It means we can continue to help people with other issues, such as social assistance, affordable housing, employment and disabilities through programs like Information and Referral Services, our Food Services Training Program and our Community Garden. It means we can expand successful programs like that to our member agencies to help even more people to the point where they no longer need a food bank.
Want more information on this great event? Check out GivingTuesday.org.
And don’t forget to donate to Daily Bread. You can drop off non-perishable food donations to your local fire hall, or donate online by clicking here. Our Holiday Drive runs until December 31st, and we’re looking to raise $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food. Help us fight hunger and feed families this winter.
Date Added: November 28, 2013 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,Fundraising Events,Holiday Drive,News — Sarah @ 12:19 pm
Friday, November 29
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
750 Runnymede Rd., in front of CP Lambton yard office
In partnership with Corus Feeds Kids. A family-friendly event, the CP Holiday Train will be rolling in to Toronto on a train decorated for the holidays. Musical guests The Claytones and the Brother’s Dube will be playing, and Country Music Television host Paul McGuire will be helping host the event before the train arrives.
Kids will also be able to enjoy special guests Franklin and Scaredy the Squirrel, along with free hot chocolate thank to Tim Horton’s.
Saturday, November 30
6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Loblaws East Mall at 427 & Burnhamthorpe
A live radio broadcast from 98.1 CHFI in support of Daily Bread! Please come by and pick up a few of Daily Bread’s most needed food items to donate to this food drive. Peanut butter, pasta, canned tuna/meat, rice, canned or dried beans, powdered milk are great things to donate.
Sunday, December 1 to Wednesday, December 25
Leuty and Violet Avenue
Throughout December, 25 houses on Leuty and Violet Avenues in the Beaches will design, make, and display one flag each, to be unveiled daily and then published daily on DailyFlag’s website. From December 1st to January 11th, each flag will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on the website. Last year, this event raised over $11,000!
Friday, December 6
5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
CBC Building/Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West and on-air at 99.1 CBC Radio
CBC’s annual fundraising event in support of local food banks in the GTA. Support Daily Bread while watching live radio broadcasts of Metro Morning, Big City Small World, Fresh Air, Here and Now, CBC Radio 2′s Drive and CBC News Toronto. Click here for the latest schedule of musical guests and CBC celebrities!
Wednesday, December 11
5 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Breakfast Television/Home Depot Xmas Tree Deal
City’s Breakfast Television will be selling Christmas trees to help raise money for Daily Bread Food Bank. By making a minimum donation you can get one of the beautiful trees generously donated by Home Depot.
Sunday, December 15
Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District
Join fellow carollers at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District and sing your heart out in support of Daily Bread. Mill Street will hand out reusable LED candles and candleholders and will donate $1 to Daily Bread Food Bank for every person that participates.
Friday, December 20
5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
CityNews/Breakfast Television Spirit of the Season
Sheraton Centre, Toronto
The lobby of the Sheraton Centre hotel will be a-buzz with television personalities, fans, and jolly old Saint Nick for City’s annual Spirit of the Season holiday party, benefiting Daily Bread Food Bank.
Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts
191 New Toronto Street
Help us sort through the food donations we receive throughout the Holiday Drive. Space is limited and fills up fast! Online registration opens Tuesday, December 10 at 10 a.m.
Date Added: November 26, 2013 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Fundraising Events,News — Tags: Brother's Dube, Corus Feeds Kids, CP Holiday Train, Paul McGuire, Scaredy the Squirrel, The Claytones — Sarah @ 10:22 am
A family-friendly holiday event to kick off a season of exciting events! The CP Holiday Train stops in more than 150 communities across North America, raising money and food for local food banks. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised $7.4 million and generated close to 3 million pounds of food donations.
This Friday, November 29th, the CP Holiday Train, in partnership with Corus Feeds Kids, will be rolling in to Toronto on a train decorated for the holidays. Musical guests The Claytones and the Brother’s Dube will be playing, and Country Music Television host Paul McGuire will be helping host the event before the train arrives.
Kids will also be able to enjoy special guests Franklin and Scaredy the Squirrel, along with free hot chocolate thank to Tim Horton’s. Please don’t forget to bring down a donation for Daily Bread Food Bank, and help feed a family in your community. Non-perishable food donations or money will help us reach our Holiday Drive goals. Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive starts November 27.
When: Friday, November 29
Where: 750 Runnymede Road
When: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Date Added: November 18, 2013 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Sounds of the Season — Tags: CBC Toronto, Daily Bread Food Bank, Kevin Sylvester, Sounds of the Season, Toronto food banks — Sarah @ 3:33 pm
It’s that time of year again! CBC’s Sounds of the Season, a fundraiser for local food banks in the GTA, is set to kick off officially on Friday, December 6.
A live, full day of radio broadcasts from the Glenn Gould studio, along with special guests and musical performances, starts at 5 a.m. and finishes at 6:30 p.m. There is also a silent auction, book signings and celebrity meet and greets all day in the atrium. Come drop by 250 Front St. West on December 6, along with a donation! Can’t make it down? You can listen to CBC Radio 99.1FM to hear shows like Metro Morning and Here and Now.
You can also make a donation to Daily Bread through Sounds of the Season online by clicking here.
Kevin Sylvester is once again creating lino cuts, that are available to people who make a donation of $100 or more on December 6 (and only on December 6!). He makes a limited number, and does run out. This year his lino cut will feature the clock tower of old city hall. You can take a sneak peek at his lino cut here on his blog, or find out more about how he created the printing blocks for his lino cut at ArtHeart Community Art Center.
For a full schedule of shows being broadcast, click here.
Make a donation!
Date Added: October 21, 2013 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Thanksgiving Drive — Tags: Daily Bread Food Bank, food donations, Thanksgiving Drive, Toronto food banks — Sarah @ 1:53 pm
Donors across the city pitch in to raise much-needed funds and food
Our Thanksgiving Drive ended Saturday – and it ended on a high note. Thanks to people just like you – our incredible friends and supporters – we raised a staggering $322,000 and 218,000 pounds of food. Thank you.
Breakfast Television/CityNews drive October 9.
Reaching our fall goals sets the stage for the months ahead. It means as winter approaches, we can continue to provide nutritious food to people in our communities who need it most. It also means we’re here for people with services and programs they need to get back on their feet; job training and education, social assistance and affordable housing.
“There are thousands of people in our city struggling to make ends meet,” says Gail Nyberg, Executive Director at Daily Bread Food Bank. “These people count on Daily Bread. And we count on you. That’s why I’m thrilled that so many of you joined us again this Thanksgiving in the fight against hunger.”
Every day, we’re inspired by the people who make our work at Daily Bread possible – our donors. Together we’re achieving remarkable things in our communities. Thank you.
Some of our most-needed food donations, including canned/dried beans, rice, pasta, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, canned tuna and fish, soup, powdered milk and baby food.
Volunteers sorting through food donations on Thanksgiving weekend.
Date Added: | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Thanksgiving Drive — Tags: Daily Bread Food Bank, Ontario Public Service, OPS Fall Food Drive, Toronto food banks — Sarah @ 10:39 am
The OPS Fall Food Drive helped raise over 56,000 pounds of food and almost $11,000 for Daily Bread’s Thanksgiving Drive. Thank you to all the generous OPS employees in Toronto who donated to this drive!
Date Added: October 18, 2013 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — Sarah @ 3:11 pm
- Race kit pick-up. You can pick up your race kit on Friday, October 18 from 11-8 or Saturday, October 19 from 10-6 at Hall D, Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place. You can also have a friend pick up your race kit if that’s easier. Follow this link for more information.
- 5k Start Time is 8:00 at the Ex, the Half Marathon and Full Marathon start at 8:45. Have a good plan to get to the start line, as it’s usually fairly hectic as 25,000 people converge on one spot. Your best bet usually is to have someone drive you as close to the start line as possible and walk the rest of the way. A little walk is also good for a warm-up and calming the nerves. I hate arriving too early to races – standing around for a while wastes precious energy and usually makes you more nervous. But with all the chaos of the start, don’t take anything to chance. Get there early enough to feel comfortable. You don’t want to be like Jean-Paul from the Seinfeld episode, arriving late for your race! There is no need for the added stress.
- Water. There is tons of water and Gatorade on the course, so there is no need to bring any. However, I personally have trouble drinking out of paper cups while on the run. The only realistic way I can do it is to stop and walk. When I stop, I find it hard to get going again. So I’ll be bringing water in my fuel belt, as usual, frozen the night before so it’s good and cold for the whole race. A good strategy though, if you think you might need short walks, is to use the fuel stations to take those little breaks. Get your water or Gatorade, and take a walk to make sure you get it all down instead of all over you. You’ll feel at least a bit refreshed and ready to go again.
- Don’t wait until the morning of to do the small things. Do things like lay out your race clothes, pin your bib to your shirt, get your gels together, etc. the night before. You don’t want to be scrambling around the morning of the race.
- Do not wear anything new. Do not wear new clothes or, heaven forbid, a new pair of shoes. Everything you do and wear for the race should be the same as what you’ve done in all your training runs, including what you eat (see below). It’s generally not a good idea to wear the STWM t-shirt either, since you probably won’t have a chance to wash or wear it in advance which could cause chaffing. Wear that later as a badge of pride!
- Eat a high carb breakfast about 2-3 hours before the start time. My breakfast of choice will be a large bowl of oatmeal, with a banana and maple syrup. It’s very high in carbs, and makes me feel full but not stuffed. This is the exact same meal I have been eating every morning before a long run. Eat a good amount of carbs, but don‘t eat anything out of the ordinary! Whatever you’ve been eating before training runs is what you should eat on the morning of the race. This not a time to be experimenting!
- If you drink coffee, have a small one with your breakfast. Caffeine is actually a legal performance enhancer. Whether or not you normally drink coffee or tea, it’s not a bad idea to have some caffeine prior to the run. But don’t drink too much or you’ll have to pee! 6 hour energy is a good alternative to coffee, if that is worry for you. The other good think about coffee though, not to be gross, is that it gets your bowels moving. A clear-out is good before a race! (Again, not trying to be gross here).
- Washrooms are almost always very busy. My experience with the STWM is the port-o-potties usually have really big lines. Try to identify a good washroom close but slightly off the start line. Last year, the Yonge-Dundas Square washrooms were open, were not too busy and are within 5 minutes of the half and full marathon start line. Make sure you use the washroom before the race! There is nothing worse than having to take a pit stop during the race! (There are port-o-potties on the course).
- Buy a cheap sweatshirt to wear until the start of the race. Go to Goodwill or Value Village and pick up a cheap sweatshirt to wear over your running shirt on the morning of. As of writing, the high for October 20 is expected to be 12 – decent but cool for running in a t-shirt. At 8:00 or 8:45, though, before you get going, it’ll be chilly. A sweatshirt will keep your muscles warm, and you can take it off and drop it at the starting chute just before the race starts. Event staff will pick up all discarded clothing and donate it back to Goodwill where you got it. Consider it another small donation to a good charity!
- Don’t let the adrenaline of the start line push you to run too fast at the start of the race! You’ll have tons of nervous energy, thousands of people around you, music blaring, the race starter pumping everyone up, plus you’ll feel as good as you’re going to get physically. All of that makes it really easy to run too fast at the start. Don’t do it! You’ll pay for it with added fatigue at the end. Whatever your chosen pace is, stick with it or even run a bit slower for the first few kilometers until you settle down and are into the flow of the race. As I wrote here, running too fast at the start is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, and trust me, it’s easy to do.
- Have a plan to meet up with family and friends afterward. The end point of all the races (5k, half and full marathons) is Nathan Phillips Square. It’ll be busy, so have a plan for where to meet people.
- Enjoy it! Running a 5k, half marathon or marathon are all difficult. But the energy and the enthusiastically cheering crowds will get you through. (I’m trying to remember that too, as I’m a little bit scared at the moment!). Enjoy it, as running these distances is a pretty big accomplishment. And the after race pint will make it all worthwhile!
By Michael Oliphant, Lace Up for Hunger Team Captain
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