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Congratulations to Sarah and Claire

Sarah started a food drive at her school when she was six. Eventually, her younger sister Claire started helping too. Each year the food drive has grown a little bit bigger with more students at more schools learning about hunger in their community and raising food to help.

Announced September 15, Sarah and Claire will be recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter’s as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy at an awards ceremony in November. Congratulations to Sarah and Claire and good luck to them on this year’s food drive.

Click here to read more on the AFP Philanthropy Awards: http://afptoronto.org/blog/2014-philanthropy-award-winners-announced/


Date Added: September 19, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Thanksgiving Drive — Sarah @ 3:22 pm



Daily Bread’s annual report on hunger in the GTA to be released September 25

Media advisory

WHAT: Daily Bread Food bank is launching its annual Thanksgiving Drive with the newest report on hunger in the GTA that shows more people with disabilities and single adults are turning to food banks.

Richard Matern, author of the report, will be on hand to share more results from the Who’s Hungry report about the factors that drive people to food banks, how people are managing and what solutions there are to the problem of hunger.

Daily Bread’s executive director, Gail Nyberg, will also be on hand to talk about the Thanksgiving Drive, which launches next week and runs until October 18 with goals of $300,000 and 200,000 pounds of food.

An embargoed copy of the report is available to news media. To request a copy of this report, please email sarah@dailybread.ca.

WHEN: Thursday, September 25
9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Daily Bread truck arrives at Allan Gardens Food Bank. Volunteers will be on hand to unload truck and set up food bank.
10:00 am. – Media conference begins

WHO: Gail Nyberg, Executive Director, Daily Bread Food Bank
Richard Matern, Senior Manager, Research, Daily Bread Food Bank
Allan Gardens Food Bank volunteers

WHERE: Allan Gardens Food Bank
353 Sherbourne Street
St. Luke’s United Church
For more information:
Sarah Anderson
Senior Manager, Communications
T: 416-203-0050 ext. 238
C: 416-450-2196
E: media@dailybread.ca


Date Added: September 18, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Research,Who's Hungry Report — Tags: , , — Sarah @ 3:52 pm



Volunteer for Daily Bread’s H2O Cheer Team

Help cheer on the runners during the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19th! We’re looking for some early risers to volunteer at one of the water stations along the course. Help keep Team Daily Bread and everyone else who will be putting on their runners and racing that day hydrated and happy!

What: Cheering on runners and providing water at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

When: October 19, 2014

Time: 6 a.m. – end time TBA (either 9:30 a.m. for 5k route or 3:30 p.m. for marathon/half marathon).

Where: Downtown Toronto (details will be provided later)

For more information or to sign up, please email sandra@dailybread.ca.


Date Added: September 3, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Volunteer Opportunities — Tags: , , — Sarah @ 11:43 am



Food of the Month: Fight Hunger with Fish!

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Not sure what to donate to Daily Bread? How about canned fish?

One of our most needed food items, canned fish is an excellent source of protein, a good source of vitamins and provides the energy you need for the day. It’s also September’s food of the month! We’re asking people to donate canned fish – tuna, salmon, mackerel or sardines this month to help fight hunger.

Donations of canned fish can be dropped at your local fire hall, or a participating grocery store.

Did you know? Last year, Daily Bread distributed almost 185,000 pounds of canned fish out to meal programs and food banks across Toronto.

Not sure what to donate? Choose canned fish for September, or any of our upcoming food of the month items.

September: Canned Fish – tuna, salmon, mackerel or sardines.

October: Tomato Pasta Sauce (canned): Low sodium pasta sauce preferred. Please donate cans! Glass jars have a habit of breaking.

November: Canned or dried beans. There are over 1400 kinds of beans in the world. Choose your favourite and donate! Here are just a few examples: lentils, kidney beans, chick peas, black beans, navy beans and pinto beans.

December: Peanut Butter

 


Date Added: September 2, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Thanksgiving Drive — Tags: , , , , — Sarah @ 9:58 am



Meet Todd Lamswood, Daily Bread’s Food Services Manager

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Todd Lamswood always wanted to be a chef. As the Food Services Manager in Daily Bread’s kitchen, he gets to do that plus so much more.

Born and raised in Newfoundland, he studied at the Culinary Institute of Canada before moving across the country to study at Vancouver Community College, specializing in baking. When he returned to Newfoundland, he opened a bakery and café.

But how does a guy running a bakery in Newfoundland find himself in Toronto running an employment training program at one of Toronto’s largest charities?

“My brother-in-law told me about a café that helped women coming out of correctional institutes gain job skills to help turn their lives around. At the time, I thought it was a great idea, and only wished I could be involved in a program like that.” However, a life change had Todd closing up his bakery in Newfoundland and then moving to Toronto.

Upon his move to Toronto, Todd went to an employment workshop to try and figure out if cooking was still where he should be. Or was there something else? Todd remembered the café. He loved cooking and wanted to share his knowledge and help people learn – to do something that would give someone a second chance.  Todd called Daily Bread Food Bank at exactly the right time and landed an interview, and then later a job, as an instructor in charge of growing Daily Bread’s Food Services Training Program.

The Food Services Training Program teaches people experiencing barriers to employment skills that help them get a job in the food industry. The kitchen prepares nutritious meals that are sent out to meal programs and provides food for the volunteers onsite at Daily Bread. Having a kitchen onsite also reduces the amount of food waste – fresh fruits and vegetables that can’t be shipped in time are turned in to soups and stews that can be frozen. During the eight years Todd has worked at Daily Bread, he has seen many people who have graduated from the 16-week program with employable skills, a sense of self-worth and new-found confidence. Past graduates have gone on to many different areas of food service; from high-end catering to restaurants and supervising a kitchen at a Daily Bread member agency. One graduate even became a health inspector for the government of Canada.

“Seeing the pride in people who complete the program makes this job worth it,” says Todd.


Date Added: August 7, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News — Jessica @ 11:22 am



Give 30 has raised over $30,000

Give 30 is still going strong and has raised over $30,000 for Daily Bread Food Bank. Although Ramadan ended this week, Give 30 continues throughout the summer until September 5.

How can I participate?

Brown bag your lunch, or give up buying a coffee for a month. Donate the money you’ve saved to help someone in need!

Donate to the Give 30 Daily Bread campaign online by clicking here.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims. This year, Ramadan takes place from June 28 to July 27.

What is Give 30?

Give 30 is a grassroots campaign founded in 2012 by lawyer and social activist Ziyaad Mia. Give 30 launches June 15 and runs through the summer. Find out more at GIVE30.ca.

 

How can I participate?

Donate to the Give 30 Daily Bread campaign online by clicking here.

Brown bag your lunch, or give up buying a coffee for a month. Donate the money you’ve saved to help someone in need!

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims. This year, Ramadan takes place from June 28 to July 27.

What is Give 30?

Give 30 is a grassroots campaign founded in 2012 by lawyer and social activist Ziyaad Mia. Give 30 launches June 15 and runs through the summer. Find out more at GIVE30.ca.

- See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/news/#sthash.90vRjxeb.dpuf

How can I participate?

Donate to the Give 30 Daily Bread campaign online by clicking here.

Brown bag your lunch, or give up buying a coffee for a month. Donate the money you’ve saved to help someone in need!

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims. This year, Ramadan takes place from June 28 to July 27.

What is Give 30?

Give 30 is a grassroots campaign founded in 2012 by lawyer and social activist Ziyaad Mia. Give 30 launches June 15 and runs through the summer. Find out more at GIVE30.ca.

- See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/news/#sthash.90vRjxeb.dpuf

How can I participate?

Donate to the Give 30 Daily Bread campaign online by clicking here.

Brown bag your lunch, or give up buying a coffee for a month. Donate the money you’ve saved to help someone in need!

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims. This year, Ramadan takes place from June 28 to July 27.

What is Give 30?

Give 30 is a grassroots campaign founded in 2012 by lawyer and social activist Ziyaad Mia. Give 30 launches June 15 and runs through the summer. Find out more at GIVE30.ca.

- See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/news/#sthash.90vRjxeb.dpuf


Date Added: July 30, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News — Tags: , , — Sarah @ 11:16 am



Daily Bread has earned Charity Intelligence’s highest rating – 4 stars!

Charity Intelligence 4-Star Ratings LogoCharity Intelligence researches Canadian charities for donors. Daily Bread was one of 72 charities who received a 4-star rating this month for excelling in financial transparency, accountability to donors and cost-efficiency.

“Charity Intelligence’s research has found charities that are exceptional. This list of 4-star charities shows Canadians 72 charities that excel in accountability to donors, financial transparency and cost-efficiency. We hope Charity Intelligence’s ratings help donors get accurate, independent information in making important giving decisions,” said Kate Bahen, Managing Director of Charity Intelligence.

This is not the first time that Daily Bread has been recognized for its excellence in these areas. In 2012, Daily Bread became one of the first charities, and the first food bank, to be accredited under Imagine Canada’s comprehensive Standards Program, a national standards program for non-profits. This program rated Daily Bread as excelling in areas such as board governance, ethical fundraising, volunteer involvement, staff management in addition to financial accountability and transparency.

“As a charitable organization, our values have always included accountability. Accountability to our donors, our member agencies and the people we provide food and support to. We hold ourselves to the highest standards possible as we fight hunger,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director.

 

Click here to read Charity Intelligence’s report on Daily Bread Food Bank.

Find out more about Charity Intelligence’s ratings and methodology here: www.charityintelligence.ca.

 


Date Added: July 9, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News — Tags: , , , , — Sarah @ 4:10 pm



The Community Kitchen is back!

After a successful program last fall, Daily Bread’s Community Kitchen is back starting July 4!

A hands-on cooking experience in Daily Bread’s kitchen, you will learn how to cook nutritious vegetarian dishes and share your own recipes. The group will meet each week to help prepare, cook and share a meal. This program is free.

When?

Fridays, July 4 to August 22.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where?

Daily Bread Food Bank’s Kitchen
191 New Toronto Street (Islington and Lakeshore in south Etobicoke).

There are still some spaces left. To register, or for more info, please contact Carolyn by email (carolyn@dailybread.ca) or by phone at 416-203-0050 ext. 264.


Date Added: June 27, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News — Tags: , , — Sarah @ 2:54 pm



Gardening for change

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Helen harvesting broccoli from this year’s garden at Daily Bread

“It helps so much. If it wasn’t for the garden, I wouldn’t be eating as much fresh food. Living on a pensioner’s income is hard. Access to fresh food at a reasonable cost is so important to your health.” – Daily Bread volunteer, Helen

The Garden and Food Bank

Last year, Daily Bread’s production garden produced over 1200 pounds of vegetables, fruits and herbs for people struggling with hunger. Helen has volunteered for the production garden for the last three years, as well as taking care of her own community garden plot at Daily Bread and volunteering for the onsite food bank. Semi-retired, she still needs to work since her pensioner’s income isn’t enough to live on. She knows how expensive fresh, organic produce is to buy.

“I love being able to grow and then deliver the food we harvest right to the people who need it most. I really enjoy seeing how delighted people are to receive fresh produce in their food hampers,” says Helen.

The garden at Daily Bread is divided in to two sections: a production garden that grows fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for the onsite food bank and a community garden through one of Daily Bread’s member agencies, LAMP.

 

Working in the garden

Working in the garden

The Gardening Girls (and Guys)

Volunteering at Daily Bread for Helen has meant not only fresh vegetables in her kitchen but new friends. “When you get older, you realize the importance of friendship and staying connected,” says Helen. Helen has become close friends with many of the garden volunteers, who work tirelessly in the garden throughout the growing season. The original Gardening Girls have expanded and now include some Gardening Guys, a close-knit group who work hard with staff gardening coordinator Nikki to grow high-intensity yield crops  such as tomatoes, beans, zucchini, spinach, strawberries for the New Toronto Street Food Bank.


Date Added: | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Volunteer — Tags: , , — Sarah @ 2:30 pm



Give 30 during Ramadan

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As Ziyaad Mia washed his coffee cup the day before Ramadan a few years ago, he thought to himself that he wouldn’t be seeing much of that cup for the next 30 days. From that simple act came an idea for a fundraising campaign that has raised almost $100,000 for Daily Bread Food Bank and inspired countless people to give.

When Ziyaad thought about all the money he’d be saving by skipping meals (and coffee), he was reminded of all the people in Toronto who skip meals, but not by choice. Ziyaad wondered what would happen if he asked people to give up coffee for 30 days, and give the money they saved to a local food bank instead. He called up Daily Bread Food Bank and raised over $37,000 that summer to help fight hunger through Give 30.

Give 30 is meant to motivate people fasting during Ramadan to donate a portion of the money they save by skipping meals over the month. But Give 30 is not just for people celebrating Ramadan. It’s a cause everyone can get behind.

“Everyone can participate in the spirit of Ramadan,” says Ziyaad. “Brown bag your lunch for the month or tally up 30 days of coffee money and donate it,” he says. “Whatever amount it is, it can make a difference in the lives of those who don’t have enough to eat.

How can I participate?

Donate to the Give 30 Daily Bread campaign online by clicking here.

Brown bag your lunch, or give up buying a coffee for a month. Donate the money you’ve saved to help someone in need!

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims. This year, Ramadan takes place from June 28 to July 27.

What is Give 30?

Give 30 is a grassroots campaign founded in 2012 by lawyer and social activist Ziyaad Mia. Give 30 launches June 15 and runs through the summer. Find out more at GIVE30.ca.


Date Added: June 15, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Fundraising Events,News — Tags: , , , — Sarah @ 3:19 pm



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