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Winter Holiday Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours

Click here to find out more information on meal programs and drop-in hours this winter holiday 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 December 20, 2016 but is subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm services, meals and hours!


Date Added: December 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Winter Holiday Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,Information,Meal Programs,News — Tags: , , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 9:43 am



Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive has begun!

hpbanner-2016-holidaydriveDaily Bread’s Holiday Drive is on now and ends December 31. The money and food raised during the Holiday Drive helps Daily Bread provide food for almost 200 food programs across Toronto throughout the winter months.

Most people coming to a food bank are spending over 70 per cent of their income on housing costs, with less than $7 a day left over for everything else: warm clothing, transportation, medicine and food. Often, that’s not enough and hard choices have to be made – food on the table – or warm winter boots for your child? Over half of adults have skipped a meal in order to pay for something else, most often rent. Nutritious food becomes a luxury some people just can’t afford.

That’s where Daily Bread steps in to help. Daily Bread collects, purchases and distributes nutritious food out through a network of member agencies to those who need it most. From food banks to women’s shelters, drop-in programs or hostels for the homeless, Daily Bread helps to provide a basic necessity that 90,000 people across Toronto can’t afford. For every dollar donated to Daily Bread, Daily Bread can provide a meal to someone struggling with hunger.

Most needed food items include: dried/canned beans or lentils, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and tomato pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned fish/meat, oatmeal, baby formula/cereal and food. Food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall.

Financial donations can be made easily and securely online by clicking the ‘Donate’ button at the top of this page.


Date Added: December 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive has begun! | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,In the News,Information,News — Tags: , , — Adam Paralovos @ 12:11 pm



You can donate on the TTC

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TTC riders: during your morning commute on Monday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 13 you can donate to Daily Bread Food Bank!

The holiday season can be overwhelming for your neighbours who are struggling to provide food for their families. Your donations will enable Daily Bread to purchase fresh food like fruit, vegetables, eggs, and meat to distribute to over 129 member agencies and over 200 meal programs, as well as keep our delivery trucks on the road.

On Monday, December 12 & Tuesday, December 13, look for Daily Bread’s donation volunteers at these subway stations:
Bloor/Yonge, Bay, College, Dundas and King

We will be accepting your donations from 7:30am to 9:30am on both days.

Not a subway rider but still want to donate?
Click on the yellow “Donate Now” button above or click here.

Thank you – and happy holidays!


Date Added: November 30, 2016 | Comments Off on You can donate on the TTC | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 8:16 am



West Toronto Diabetes Education Program

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Peer Outreach Leaders, Alethia Barrett and Lin Lin Chou, bring diabetes awareness to Daily Bread

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In recognition of this, the West Toronto Diabetes Education Program (WTDEP) visited Daily Bread to shed some light on the effects of diabetes, as well as, where people can go for information and support. The WTDEP is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. They provide many services to the public for free of charge to help individuals understand diabetes with support, practical tools and guidance.

These services include:

•  Group education sessions

•  One-on-one consultations

•  Cooking demonstrations

•  Exercise classes

•  Doctor or self-referral

•  Other events (inquire within)

It is important that we not only recognize diabetes in the month of November, but all year round. Please spread the word and help raise awareness!

The West Toronto Diabetes Education Program is a program of LAMP Community Health Centre. For more information please click here: www.lampchc.org/diabetes


Date Added: November 27, 2016 | Comments Off on West Toronto Diabetes Education Program | Filed under: Blog,Information,News — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 9:13 am



Food security and the “Big Four”

By: Haiat Iman, Research and Survey Coordinator

After Daily Bread Food Bank released the 2016 Who’s Hungry report, Daily Bread held informal focus groups with food bank clients. This two-part series describes clients’ day-to-day experience of food insecurity and their survival strategies. Read the second blog post in this series here.

“If you don’t have cooking facilities or can’t use your kitchen for whatever reason, you only buy foods that you can store in your room.” – Food bank client

In their article “The “Welfare Diet” 20 years later: The growing nutrition crisis for Ontario’s poorest people” co-authors John Stapleton, a board member of Daily Bread, and Jamille Clarke-Darshanand present various theories that explain why people on low income don’t have healthier diets.

One factor is having access to what Stapleton calls the Big Four: storage, cooking, refrigeration and freezing facilities. The presence or absence of the Big Four affect the food that people on low incomes can regularly – and safely – eat.

What if you don’t have food storage?
Daily Bread Food Bank’s focus group participants reported that in homes where kitchens are shared (such as rooming houses or subsidized housing), appliances and food are at risk of being stolen, so tenants keep food in their rooms. This not only limits how much they can keep and refrigerate at one time, but also dictates what they are able to bring home from the food bank or the grocery store.

What if you don’t have anywhere to cook?
Focus group participants who have nowhere to heat up food report that they will drink a can of soup cold. Some clients also reported that they don’t buy or take home canned foods such as soups or tuna from the grocery stores or food banks because they do not own or have access to a can opener.

What if you don’t have reliable refrigeration and freezing facilities?
One client who lives in a rooming house reported that he doesn’t use the kitchen to store or cook his food. Instead, he uses a mini bar fridge which he keeps in his room, and shops for items that he knows he can fit into it. The bar fridge also didn’t keep milk cold enough so it went bad quickly. Currently, he has access to a freezer so he buys three bags of milk, and stores two in the freezer, so if one bag of milk goes bad, it’s only a partial loss. A smaller carton of milk would fit in his fridge but is less economical.

Without access to proper refrigeration facilities he isn’t able to purchase fresh produce, and he is limited in how much food he can buy due to the limited space in his fridge. He chooses to purchase foods that don’t require refrigeration, stocking up on canned soup because it is easy to store and prepare. He heats it up on a hot plate which he also keeps in his room.

Final thoughts
“Without secure housing, there is nowhere to store food safely and protect it from theft. In public housing, appliances break down regularly and take a long time to get fixed. Hydro costs are very high, and are often exacerbated by monthly interest on unpaid bills. Without access to the big four, it is difficult for the poor to consume a healthy diet.“

–from The “Welfare Diet” 20 years later: The growing nutrition crisis for Ontario’s poorest people


Date Added: November 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Food security and the “Big Four” | Filed under: Blog,Information,News,Policy — Tags: , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 10:48 am



How food bank clients stretch their food resources

By: Haiat Iman, Research and Survey Coordinator

After Daily Bread Food Bank released the 2016 Who’s Hungry report, Daily Bread held informal focus groups with food bank clients. This two-part series describes clients’ day-to-day experience of food insecurity and their survival strategies. Read the first blog post in this series here.

Hunger has become a distressing reality for many families in Toronto. The number of people reliant on food banks as a source of food has reached alarming heights and is still rising, with a 13% increase in food bank visits since 2008.

According to the 2016 Who’s Hungry report, the average income of a food bank client is $750 per month, with at least 71% of their incomes spent on rent and utilities. On average, once rent and utilities were paid, food bank clients had $7.09 left over for any additional expenses, including food.

Food banks are also struggling: declines in donations and increases in a need for food aid challenge food banks’ ability to assist all those who seek their services. People struggling with hunger are forced to be resourceful in their abilities to stretch their dollars and make their food supply last.

Focus group participants reported numerous ways in which they stretch their limited food resources when they do not have the means to purchase additional food.

    • Those who have no money either do without a meal or find organizations that offer meal programs – but to exercise the latter option, however, requires that one be mobile: they must have access to transportation to get to these locations or be healthy enough to walk there.

    • Some focus group participants volunteer at food banks to get extra food.

    • Many respondents reported that they ration their meals, water down their soups, or try to stay full on liquids.

    • Some food bank clients say they have condensed milk and a few bags of tea steeping all day on the stove for anyone to drink in order to stay full.

    • Some reported watering down juice to make it last longer.

    • Some pooled their resources with others who struggle with hunger and shared a meal together.

Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual Who’s Hungry report offers detailed statistics and analysis about the impact of food insecurity in Toronto.

To read the most recent report, go to: http://www.dailybread.ca/whoshungry/


Date Added: | Comments Off on How food bank clients stretch their food resources | Filed under: Blog,News,Policy — Tags: , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 10:48 am



CP Holiday Train coming to Toronto!

Every year, the CP Holiday Train travels to communities all across North America – and all for a good cause! Decked out in festive lights, the train will arrive in Toronto at The Lambton Yard on 750 Runnymede Road on November 28 at 8 p.m. The CP Holiday Train raises money, food and awareness for local food banks like Daily Bread Food Bank and guests are asked to bring food or fund donations to support their community. All are welcome to this amazing event to cozy up by the fire while sipping on hot chocolate and coffee and enjoying entertainment all night long, with CP hosting Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott on stage. Santa will be greeting guests all evening and handing out candy to children. All contributions will be going to Daily Bread Food Bank.

Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto and is the largest provider of food relief in the GTA. To learn more, please visit dailybread.ca.


Date Added: | Comments Off on CP Holiday Train coming to Toronto! | Filed under: Blog,Holiday Drive,Information,News — Tags: , , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 8:25 am



Daily Bread is Seeking Volunteers!

Daily Bread is currently offering volunteer positions throughout our organization. We are looking for a Kitchen Prep Assistant as well as a Welcome Centre Greeter. Each of these positions play a very large role in our operation and help us continue to fight hunger all year round.


Kitchen Prep Assistant

Every week, the Daily Bread Food Bank kitchen prepares 3,000-4,000 meals that will be distributed either in-house or to those in need across the GTA. The Kitchen Prep Assistant serves as an integral part of the Kitchen team and will be assisting in the preparation of food for cooking and packing. To read more about the job description and how to apply please click the button below.

Click here for more information


Welcome Centre Greeter

The Welcome Centre Greeter works in a fast-paced environment to provide front-line support to the daily operations of the Daily Bread Food Bank. The Welcome Centre Greeter provides a welcoming and professional environment by greeting volunteers and visitors, providing information, record keeping, managing information, and maintaining security. 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: October 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Daily Bread is Seeking Volunteers! | Filed under: Blog,News,Volunteer,Volunteer Opportunities — Tags: , , — Adam Paralovos @ 1:48 pm



Top Five Team’s Needed for Daily Bread’s Food Sort Challenge

Daily Bread’s Food Sort Challenge is on November 16th and we’re looking for the best teams to compete. People struggling with hunger across Toronto are relying on you to sort 4,000 lbs of food as fast as possible. There are only a few spots left and Daily Bread needs your help.

Here are the top five teams Daily Bread needs to compete in the Food Sort Challenge:

1) Team Speedy
If you blink, you may miss it – a speedy team will finish the Food Sort Challenge before you know it. Teams will compete to sort the quickest in less than two hours. Keep an eye out, because if you don’t move fast enough, Team Speedy will snatch first place.

2) Team Energy
Your hands may be quick but do you have the endurance? A team with energy will keep their spirits high and their body moving when they are tired. This team can outlast others, making them a formidable opponent.

3) Team Winners
If you think like a winner you are a winner. It’s always important for teams to come in with the right mindset. Believing in yourself will help push your team forward and win the Food Sort Challenge.

4) Team Strategy
Strategic food sorters have the potential to outsmart other teams. Make sure you have a sharp mind because the Food Sort Challenge is more than which team is the fastest. Team strategy will discover the most efficient way to sort food – whether an assembly line or great teamwork.

5) Team Cheaters (just kidding)
All Food Sort Challenge teams are expected to compete fairly, and most importantly, have fun! The Food Sort Challenge and any donations raised will help support 142 member agencies and 200 meal programs across Toronto. 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!

Does your team have what it takes to come out on top?

Don’t wait – there are limited spots! 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!

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


Date Added: October 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Top Five Team’s Needed for Daily Bread’s Food Sort Challenge | Filed under: Blog,Fundraising Events,News — Tags: , , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 1:16 pm



Thanksgiving Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours

Click here to find out more information on meal programs and drop-in hours on Thanksgiving 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 October 7, 2016 but is subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm services, meals and hours!


Date Added: October 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Thanksgiving Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours | Filed under: Blog,Information,Meal Programs,News — Tags: , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 11:41 am



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