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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: 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.


Date Added: December 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Holiday Drive Update | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 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 on 18 years of fundraising drives – and counting! | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,Information,News,Volunteer — Anita @ 1:02 pm

Holiday Drive short on goals


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 on Holiday Drive short on goals | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 11:26 am

Holiday Drop-In Hours & Meals List

Attached is a list of drop-in programs and holiday meals available across Toronto from December 22 to January 4. The information here is provided by the Toronto Drop-In Network and Daily Bread Food Bank.

Please click here to download the list: 2014-2015 Holiday Meal and Drop In Hours

UPDATE December 24: Please note the following additions/corrections

Correction – Beach United Church: There is no lunch on Dec. 25th.

Addition –

St. Margaret’s New Toronto
156 Sixth Street
Etobicoke, ON

Thursday December 25
Christmas Dinner Among Friends. Everyone Welcome!
12 Noon – 2 p.m.

Out of the Cold Program
Monday December 22 and Monday December 29
Dinner 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Date Added: December 24, 2014 | Comments Off on Holiday Drop-In Hours & Meals List | Filed under: Blog,News — Anderson @ 10:04 am

Media Advisory: Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts

Volunteers sort through Holiday Drive food donations

WHAT:             Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts                       

Hundreds of volunteers will be sorting and packing food donations on Saturday and Sunday at Daily Bread Food Bank.

The Holiday Drive ends December 31 with goals of $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food. As of December 24, $1.7 million and 443,000 pounds of food have been donated.

Note: Daily Bread is fully booked for public sorting. No volunteers are required.


Saturday, December 27 Sunday, December 28
10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


WHERE:          Daily Bread Food Bank – 191 New Toronto Street (Off Islington, north of Lakeshore)

For more information:

Sarah Anderson
Senior Manager, Communications
T: 416-203-0050 ext. 238 C: 416-450-2196

Date Added: December 22, 2014 | Comments Off on Media Advisory: Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News,Public Food Sorts — Anderson @ 2:49 pm

Holiday Drive update!

We’re at $1,092,000 and 208,000 pounds of food raised. The Holiday Drive ends December 31 and our goals are $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food.

You can donate online by clicking here, or drop off donations of non-perishable food to your local fire hall, Loblaws, no frills, Valu-Mart or Real Canadian Superstore. Although the Loblaws Holiday Food Drive ends December 24, Toronto-area stores will be keeping donation bins available until the end of our drive on December 31!

Our Executive Director, Gail Nyberg, was on Global News at Noon today to talk about what kind of food donations we’re looking for and why it’s so important to donate.

Date Added: December 17, 2014 | Comments Off on Holiday Drive update! | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 3:37 pm

TTC Challenge December 15 to 18

Until December 18, friendly Daily Bread staff and volunteers will be at TTC stations during your morning and afternoon commute asking for donations to Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive. Please give generously!

From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. as well as 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., we’ll be shaking our donation cans at St. George, Queen’s Park, Bloor, Yonge, Dundas and King subway stations.


Date Added: December 16, 2014 | Comments Off on TTC Challenge December 15 to 18 | Filed under: Blog,News — Anderson @ 10:39 am

And the Volunteer of the Year Award goes to…

Volunteer of the Year winner Wayne Kew, with Daily Bread's Manager of Volunteer Services, Alisha Coroa.

Volunteer of the Year winner Wayne Kew, with Daily Bread’s Manager of Volunteer Services, Alisha Coroa.

On December 11, Daily Bread Food Bank threw its annual Volunteer Bash. We rely on our regular volunteers who come in every week and give up hundreds of hours of their time to help us sort through food donations, pick orders for member agency food banks, help out in the kitchen, take calls at reception, welcome and register other volunteers and assist with programs such as our onsite food bank. This is our way of thanking them and telling them how much they mean to us!

At this event, we also award our Volunteer of the Year. Nominated and chosen by staff, the award goes to a volunteer who has gone above and beyond to give back. This year, the award goes to Wayne Kew who has been volunteering with Daily Bread since 2008.

“We have hundreds of people in the South Etobicoke community who rely on the New Toronto Street Food Bank. And we rely on our volunteers to help make it work. Wayne is an integral part of the New Toronto Street Food Bank team. He is hard worker and always reliable,” says Charles Jergl, the Agency Relations Manager at Daily Bread.

Congratulations Wayne and to all the other outstanding volunteers!


Shane Liu, Waste Management Support Volunteer

Peter Anderson, Warehouse Operations Volunteer

Andrew Choo, Take Action Project Student Volunteer (Summer TAP Program)

Karen Volunteer Bash 2014 Brianna 465Downey,  Kitchen Volunteer

Mae Kristine Libo-On, Data Entry Clerk, Development

Jennifer McCubbin, Food Program Referral Volunteer

Brenda Lupinski, Welcome Centre Volunteer

Claire Neary, Survey Assistant Volunteer, Research

Mike Whalen, Production Volunteer

Arthy Uthayakumar, Information and Referral Centre


Thank you to Escoffier Society of Toronto for providing volunteers to prepare dinner and Gordon Food Services for donating all the food for the dinner as well as staff to help serve.

Thanks also to Maple Leaf Foods for donating turkeys for the dinner as well to hand out at the end of the night to our volunteers.


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Date Added: December 15, 2014 | Comments Off on And the Volunteer of the Year Award goes to… | Filed under: Blog,News,Volunteer — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 4:21 pm

CBC Toronto – Sounds of the Season


Daily Bread’s executive director, Gail Nyberg, speaks with Here and Now host Gill Deacon.

CBC Toronto’s annual Sounds of the Season kicked off on December 5 with a day-long event. Special musical guests, CBC personalities and live broadcasts of shows such as Metro Morning and Here and Now made for an exciting day, with over $370,000 raised so far. A huge thank you to BMO Financial Group, RBC Foundation, CIBC, TD Bank Group, Manulife Financial and Scotiabank who each donated $20,000.  Campbell Canada also donated 40,000 cans of soup!

Often called food banks, the Sounds of the Season event raises money for local food distribution hubs in the GTA that provide food and support to hundreds of community agencies running a variety of programs that are responding to their neighbourhood’s unique needs. Daily Bread Food Bank provides food for over 140 community agencies running hundreds of food programs for thousands of families – from food banks to community kitchens, meal programs to cooking classes.

Sounds of the Season ends December 31. Donate online to Daily Bread through Sounds of the Season by clicking here.Pjp


Donors give generously at Sounds of the Season.


Kevin Sylvester entertains the crowds outside Glenn Gould studio with his illustrations.


Anne-Marie Mediwake and Dwight Drummond during the nightly news.


Former traffic reporter Jim Curran shows off his stained glass from the silent auction.


Fresh Air host Mary Ito on stage at the Glenn Gould Studio during Sounds of the Season.


Metro Morning host Matt Galloway speaks with members of the audience during the live broadcast.

Photo credit: Tanja Tiziana

Date Added: December 13, 2014 | Comments Off on CBC Toronto – Sounds of the Season | Filed under: Blog,Events,Holiday Drive,News,Sounds of the Season — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 10:03 am

Volunteer Bash isn’t scared of a little snow!

The annual Volunteer Bash is still going ahead as planned. See you at 4:30 p.m. Have questions? Contact the Welcome Centre at 416-203-0050.

Please note: Registration for this event is closed and the Volunteer Bash is full!

Date Added: December 11, 2014 | Comments Off on Volunteer Bash isn’t scared of a little snow! | Filed under: Blog,News,Volunteer — Anderson @ 3:19 pm

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