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Sign up for the Thanksgiving Drive Public Food Sorts today!

UPDATE September 27 10:30 a.m.: The Thanksgiving Drive Public Food Sorts are full.

Don’t worry – if you weren’t able to register for a spot but you were really hoping to help Daily Bread Food Bank, there are many other ways to support Daily Bread and the Thanksgiving Drive!


We are always looking for volunteers throughout the year. Please check out some volunteer opportunities here:

Volunteer Opportunities


You can make a monetary donation to the Thanksgiving Drive here:

Make Monetary Donation

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at your local fire hall. Help us reach our new $8 million annual goal.

Daily Bread’s warehouse is located at 191 New Toronto Street, Toronto ON
M8V 2E7. There is limited parking available. We are accessible by TTC (110 Islington South bus from Islington subway station; please check www.ttc.ca for schedules and more information).


Date Added: September 23, 2016 | Comments Off on Sign up for the Thanksgiving Drive Public Food Sorts today! | Filed under: Blog,Fall Drive,News,Public Food Sorts,Thanksgiving Drive,Volunteer,Volunteer Opportunities — Tags: , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 10:38 am



Five donations families are thankful for during Thanksgiving

Families across Toronto are relying on your unwavering support this Thanksgiving. Donations fall during the summer and we need your help to stock the shelves during the Thanksgiving Drive.
Daily Bread Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Drive begins on September 21. Help make this holiday easier for people who are struggling to make ends meet.

Here are the top five donations Daily Bread needs. Drop off your non-perishable food donations at your local fire hall.

1) Canned fish or meat
What’s so special about canned fish or meat? For starters, they are non-perishable and high in protein. The best thing about canned fish or meat is that it’s already cooked and requires little preparation. This saves energy and time.

2) Peanut butter
Peanut butter is simple and it works! It’s a good source of protein and healthy fats. Much like tuna, peanut butter is quick and easy to use. Peanut butter’s versatility makes it a good addition to breakfast and snacks. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s tasty.

3) Rice
Rice is a good source of calories and is a great accompaniment for vegetables, meats and alternatives. Rice is a fuel source that helps us navigate our daily lives. For those who are struggling, rice can help complete their meals and ensure they don’t go hungry.

4) Pasta
Pasta (especially whole wheat or high-fibre varieties) is a reliable source of energy. It also means pasta disappears quickly at food banks – everyone needs it.

5) Eggs and dairy
These two foods are difficult to access for those struggling. They have a short shelf life and as such, are difficult to donate. Cash donations allow Daily Bread to buy these products and distribute them without worrying about whether they have spoiled. Both of these are especially crucial for families with children.

Did you know that half of what Daily Bread distributes to local food bank is fresh? We use your financial donations to purchase food like eggs, yogurt, milk, carrots, apples and onions. You can donate online at www.dailybread.ca to help us purchase and distribute perishable foods like this.

Daily Bread Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Drive begins Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Let’s give back to our community! To make a monetary donation please click here.


Date Added: September 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Five donations families are thankful for during Thanksgiving | Filed under: Blog,News,Thanksgiving Drive — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 3:16 pm



Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual Who’s Hungry report is out now!

The 2016 Who’s Hungry report is officially available to the public. The report, discusses the persistent issue of hunger and poverty within Toronto. The trend of client visits shifting from city core to inner suburbs continues unabated. Rising food prices, expensive housing and lack of income means Toronto is an increasingly difficult place to live.

Despite these challenges, Daily Bread continues to be a major source of a basic necessity – food – to help people struggling with poverty, and the resulting hunger that poverty causes. Your continued donations, support as well as cohesive efforts from the municipal, provincial and federal government is needed to address this issue effectively.

Find out more here: www.dailybread.ca/whoshungry


Date Added: September 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual Who’s Hungry report is out now! | Filed under: Blog,Events,In the News,Information,News,Policy,Research,Who's Hungry Report — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 2:01 pm



Volunteer for Daily Bread!

Make an impact and help fight hunger in your community!

Daily Bread is currently offering volunteer positions throughout our organization. We are looking for receptionists as well as Fundraising Donor Clerks. Each of these positions play a very large role in our operation and help us continue to fight hunger all year round.


Receptionist

Receptionists serve as Daily Bread ambassadors and as an important resource for food bank clients. The Receptionist volunteers in a fast-paced environment to provide front-line support to the daily operations of Daily Bread Food Bank. This position serves visitors by greeting, welcoming and directing them appropriately, notifies staff of visitor arrivals and helps to maintain security and telecommunications systems. To read more about the job description and how to apply please click the button below.

Click here for more information


Fundraising Donor Clerk

As an integral part of the Fundraising and Development team, the Fundraising Donor Clerk will be responsible for the accurate entry of data in a high-paced environment to update donor records, and will provide customer service for donors. To read more about the job description and how to apply please click the button below.

Click here for more information


If you have any questions or for more information please click here to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Individuals & Corporate Groups, Jeff Wong.


Date Added: September 8, 2016 | Comments Off on Volunteer for Daily Bread! | Filed under: Blog,News,Volunteer,Volunteer Opportunities — Tags: , , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 11:36 am



Labour Day Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours

Click here to find out more information on meal programs and drop-in hours on Labour 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 September 1, 2016 but is subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm services, meals and hours!


Date Added: September 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Labour Day Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours | Filed under: Blog,Information,Meal Programs,News — Tags: , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 9:35 am



Daily Bread’s Food Sort Challenge is back!

We’re back on November 16 for the best event of the year!

Join the Food Sort Challenge!

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You will compete against 21 teams to race against the clock and sort through 4,000 as fast as possible in less than 2 hours!

Your donations raised will be put to work right away. Every $1 allows Daily Bread to distribute $5 worth of food through a network of 142 member agencies and 200 meal programs. And that’s not all! The food you help to sort with be distributed to 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 for an opportunity to get closer to the title. Register now and secure your team before it’s too late!

Click here to register!

Shifts you can choose from:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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


Date Added: August 11, 2016 | Comments Off on Daily Bread’s Food Sort Challenge is back! | Filed under: Blog,News — Adam Paralovos @ 9:49 am



Volunteer Opportunity: Board of Directors

Daily Bread Food Bank Board of Directors

Do you have fundraising experience and want to make a difference in the fight against hunger? Daily Bread Food Bank is recruiting a new board member with experience in fundraising, philanthropy and sponsorship to join the Board of Directors. Daily Bread is funded entirely by private donors and is independent of federal, provincial or municipal government sponsorship.  Funding is solicited in the form of monetary gifts, donated food and discounted purchased food.  The Board of Directors is currently recruiting candidates who want to use their skills and experience to make a difference.

To see the full position description and qualifications for this volunteer position, please click here. Deadline to apply is August 31, 2016. Interested candidates should contact Sarah Diebel, Nominating & Governance Committee, for an Application Package.


Date Added: July 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Volunteer Opportunity: Board of Directors | Filed under: Blog,News — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 10:24 am



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 | Comments Off on Canada Day Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours | 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: | Comments Off on Ontario ends clawback of child support payments | 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!

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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.

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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.

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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: | Comments Off on Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons helps make a difference with Just Give | Filed under: Blog,Fundraising Events,News — Tags: , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 9:53 am



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