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10th Annual Trivia Challenge

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The 10th Anniversary of the Starkman Cup Trivia Challenge returns March 9!

The Starkman Cup is back for its 10th year! This brain-teasing, friendly competition is presented by the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association in support of Daily Bread Food Bank’s services and programs in Toronto.

Have a deep knowledge of information trapped and waiting to come out and be acknowledged? Proud of your commitment of The Simpsons and looking for the right audience to appreciate it? Come out to the Starkman Cup named appropriately in remembrance of Randy Starkman, The Toronto Star journalist who was a well-known and beloved trivia player. You will be questioned and tested for your deep knowledge on television shows, politics, Star Trek and sports, but of course all subjects are fair game…you are warned.

When: Monday, March 9, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd.

Tickets: $75 per person or $600 for a team of 8. Includes a dinner prepared by Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen.

If you’d love to be a part of this and don’t have a team to join, we will gladly place you with one.

Register Today! Or contact sandra@dailybread.casandra@dailybread.ca or call 416-203-0050 x299 for more information.


Date Added: February 4, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , , — Jessica @ 4:12 pm



Volunteers needed to help sort through food donations

Updated February 3, 2015 – All shifts are full! Thanks to everyone who registered.

Upcoming evening and weekend community sorts

DSC_0106A great opportunity to learn more about Daily Bread Food Bank and give back at the same time! Daily Bread is hosting one Saturday and two evening community sorts. Volunteers will help sort and pack food donations which will then be delivered to over 200 food programs across the city. Interested? We have spots available on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 28th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL
Wednesday, February 4th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL
Saturday, February 7th  | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – FULL

If you are interested in registering to volunteer for any of these dates, please email us at learn@dailybread.ca for more information.

Please note that no children under the age of 8 are allowed in the warehouse. Volunteers aged 8 to 14 must also be accompanied by an adult who will volunteer with them.


Date Added: January 19, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News,Volunteer — Tags: , , — Sarah @ 4:55 pm



Canstruction 2015

This year’s Canstruction Toronto event is gearing up! A competition held in Toronto and cities around the world, each year teams of designers, architects and engineers donate their time to build sculptures made entirely out of cans of foods. The sculptures will be displayed in downtown Toronto from May 5 to 9 before being deconstructed, with the food donated to Daily Bread Food Bank. Last year’s Canstruction raised 50,000 pounds of food.

Interested in finding out how you can participate? January 8 at 6 p.m., Canstruction will be holding an information night for all architectural, engineering and design firms as well as student groups.

The deadline to register to enter this year’s Canstruction competition is January 16. For more information or to register, please click here.

Still not sure what Canstruction Toronto is all about? Here’s a video from last year’s competition!


Date Added: January 8, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,News — Tags: , — Sarah @ 1:35 pm



Bid on a flag, help raise money for Daily Bread

DailyFlag for DailyBread is an Advent calendar-inspired community art installation by residents of Leuty and Violet Avenues in Toronto’s The Beach neighbourhood.

From December 1 to the 25th, neighbours have been creating flags and displaying them outside of their homes. Now is your chance to own them! All 25 flags are being auctioned off online. Bidding ends January 10.

Last year DailyFlag for DailyBread raised over $18,000.

Check out all 25 of this year’s flags by clicking here. Like what you see? Click on a flag and start bidding!

Flag 17, meticulously handcrafted from exquisitely curated beach combings and shining brightly in the morning winter sun.

Flag 17, meticulously handcrafted from exquisitely curated beach combings and shining brightly in the morning winter sun.

 

Flag 1, a masterpiece and winner at this years Stainless Steel Plasma Cutters Union Jamboree and Pic-Nic (Free-form category).

Flag 1, a masterpiece and winner at this years Stainless Steel Plasma Cutters Union Jamboree and Pic-Nic (Free-form category).


Date Added: | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , — Sarah @ 11:55 am



Sign up for Daily Bread’s Community Kitchen

DSC_0087DSC_0065Daily Bread’s Community Kitchen will be back on Friday mornings in January and February. Interested in signing up? You can email carolyn@dailybread.ca for more information.

Hands-on cooking.
Learn how to cook delicious vegetarian dishes and share knowledge. Our winter theme is warm, cozy, stick to your ribs food! We’ll learn how to make new recipes every week. The group meets each week in the Daily Bread kitchen at 191 New Toronto Street to help cook and share a meal.

Previous participants in the Community Kitchen have said that they are now doing more cooking at home – and are enjoying the Community Kitchen where they can eat delicious food and meet some new people.

This past fall’s theme of the Community Kitchen was healthy soups, with soups such as Borscht, Acorn Squash Adzuki Bean Soup and Tropical Pumpkin soup being created from scratch in Daily Bread’s kitchen onsite. Participants also learned how to make their own soup stock at home.

The Community Kitchen would like to thank Food Banks Canada and Unilever for a grant that allowed us to purchase utensils and small appliances for participants to use! The majority of the program is supported by Daily Bread’s generous donors.

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Date Added: January 6, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Meal Programs,News — Tags: , — Sarah @ 11:37 am



Over $2.5 million donated during Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive

Over $2.5 million donated during Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive and 740,000 pounds of food raised

Thanks to many generous donations in the last week of the Holiday Drive, Daily Bread surpassed its goal of $2.5 million. Seventy-four per cent of the food goal was reached, with a final total of 740,000 pounds of food donated.

The Abominable Snowman drops by to make a donation to the Holiday Drive.

The Abominable Snowman drops by to make a donation to the Holiday Drive.

“Hunger doesn’t take a holiday and neither do we,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director. “Although the Holiday Drive might be over, our fundraising and food-raising efforts will continue throughout the year. That includes seeking out new partnerships with the food industry and local food organizations to ensure that a healthy mix of food is delivered to our member agency food programs.”

Just before Christmas, the Holiday Drive was barely at the halfway mark. In only seven days, over a million dollars was raised and 300,000 pounds of food was picked up.

“I was worried that we would not reach either of our goals but Toronto came through,” said Nyberg. “There were many people helping us spread the message and I’d like to thank everyone who did so.”

The Holiday Drive began at the end of November with goals of $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food. Last year, the monetary goal was easily reached by December 31, 2013, but this year was a struggle. A generous $200,000 donation from an anonymous donor on the last day of the drive helped push the Holiday Drive towards the $2.5 million goal.

Volunteers help pack over 12,000 Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund hamper bags.

Volunteers help pack over 12,000 Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund hamper bags.

City's annual Spirit of the Season at the Sheraton Centre.

City’s annual Spirit of the Season at the Sheraton Centre.

Thank you to everyone who donated to Daily Bread's Holiday Drive!

Thank you to everyone who donated to Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Date Added: January 5, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , — Sarah @ 2:09 pm



Holiday Drive Update: Over $2.5 million raised, still short on food goal

Thanks to many generous donations in the last week of the Holiday Drive, Daily Bread has surpassed its goal of $2.5 million. Food donations remain low, with only 630,000 pounds of food raised – a shortfall of over 350,000 pounds of food. A final tally for the Holiday Drive is expected on Monday, January 5. Trucks will be out doing final pick-ups of donations at grocery stores and fire halls this weekend.

The Holiday Drive began at the end of November with goals of $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food. Last year, the monetary goal was easily reached by December 31, 2013, but this year was a struggle.

Thank you Toronto!

Thank you Toronto!

“I was worried that we would not reach either of our goals but Toronto came through. There were many people helping us spread the message and I’d like to thank everyone who did so,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director.

A generous $200,000 donation from an anonymous donor on the last day of the drive helped push the Holiday Drive towards the $2.5 million goal.

“Without a doubt, that was the best call we could have received. We would not have made that goal without that donation. I’d like to thank this person for supporting Daily Bread Food Bank and making such a tremendous difference with their donation,” said Nyberg.


Date Added: January 2, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , , — Sarah @ 12:23 pm



Holiday Drive Update

UPDATE: New Holiday Drive update! Thanks to a generous donation of $200,000, we’re up to $2,433,000.

The Holiday Drive is at $2,233,000  $2,433,000 and 600,500 pounds of food. December 31 is the last day of the Holiday Drive, and our goals are $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food.

The final totals for the Holiday Drive will be ready Monday, January 5. That will give us time to send our trucks around this weekend to do final pick ups of food donations that came in during the Holiday Drive!

Click here to donate to Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive: http://bit.ly/DBHolidays. Make your donation before midnight tonight for a 2014 charitable tax receipt. Donations of food can be dropped off at local fire halls. Most needed food items are peanut butter, canned fish and meat, canned vegetables or fruit, canned or dried beans, lentils.

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Date Added: December 31, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , , , — Sarah @ 11:47 am



18 years of fundraising drives – and counting!

Why the employees at The Law Society of Upper Canada choose Daily Bread every season!

Our work is made possible because of thousands of loyal supporters and friends – individuals, corporations and teams of people working together to make their communities better places. The employees at Law Society of Upper Canada makes up one of these fundraising teams. For almost 20 years they’ve run a fundraising drive every holiday to benefit Daily Bread.

When asked why Daily Bread continues to be their charity of choice, Fatima Sousa, the co-chair of the charities committee doesn’t even have to think about her answer. “Our staff feel a special connection with Daily Bread, and it’s important to us that no one goes to bed hungry in our city. We host a fundraiser every year and through this we are able to contribute in a small way. We also encourage other organizations to do the same – hunger is a real issue and we all need to help out.”

And this holiday was no exception. Employees came together again and raised over $1,100 in their annual holiday drive. And according to Fatima, they’re already looking forward to next year. “We have so much to be grateful for,” says Fatima. “We want to make sure we do our part.”

Thank you to all the companies, faith groups and schools who supported Daily Bread this holiday with a food and fund drive. We truly couldn’t do this important work without you.

Thinking of running a drive at your office or with friends and family? Click here to register and get the information you need to get started.


Date Added: December 28, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,Information,News,Volunteer — Anita @ 1:02 pm



Holiday Drive short on goals

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Volunteers sorting powdered milk.

With just a few days left before the Holiday Drive wraps up on December 31 there is still a long way to go before Daily Bread reaches $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food.

As of December 27, you have helped us raise $1,828,000 and 505,000 pounds of food! Our drivers had a well-deserved rest December 25 and 26, but will be out all weekend picking up food donations from grocery stores and fire halls across Toronto. We’re hopeful we’ll make that food goal, but with over half a million dollars to raise in only five days, reaching $2.5 million by December 31 will be much harder.

Donations raised during the Holiday Drive help stock the shelves over the next few winter months. Daily Bread provides food to over 200 different food programs at over 140 community agencies across the city: homeless shelters and hostels, community food centres, shelters for women escaping abuse, food banks, meal programs and prenatal programs for expecting mothers.

How can you help? You can donate online by clicking here. For every $1 donated, Daily Bread can distribute $5 worth of food.

Drop off donations of nutritious, non-perishable food at your local fire hall or participating grocery store (including Loblaws, No Frills and valu-mart). Most needed food items include peanut butter, canned fish and meat, canned or dried beans and lentils, canned vegetables and fruit, oatmeal, 100% juice, whole wheat pasta or rice.

 

Students sort and bag carrots.

Students sort and bag carrots.


Date Added: December 27, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , , , , — Sarah @ 11:26 am



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