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!
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.
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.
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!
Since 1999, Canstruction Toronto has been uniting the local design community in a unique fundraiser that gives back to people struggling with hunger: a canned sculptures competition.
These ‘Canstructures’ are feats of creativity and ingenuity, and a panel of judges award teams in categories such as ‘Best Use of Labels’ and ‘Best Meal’, which looks not only at the design, but also what kind of food is being used to make it.
22 Canstructures and 63,000 pounds of food
This year’s Canstruction raised over 63,000 pounds of food for Daily Bread Food Bank.
“We’re thrilled to receive such high-quality donations of some of our most-needed food items. It is especially important at a time when we’re seeing sudden increases in client visits this spring, combined with lower donations, said Richard Matern, Daily Bread’s senior manager of research.
“Twenty-two structures were built, but we are down to twenty-one and in mourning for a structure that didn’t make it,” announced Canstruction co-chair Helen Kabriel, at Tuesday’s awards ceremony. “But the food survived, and that’s the most important part.”
Visit TD Centre this week
Rebanks Pepper Littlewoods Architect Inc – Strike Out Hunger
Until Friday, you can head down to the TD Centre and see the Canstructures for free. On Saturday, the constructions will be deconstructed, and all the tuna, peanut butter and canned fruits and vegetables that make up a smiling Buddha, emoji, tea cup and a robot will be distributed through the hundreds of food programs across Toronto that Daily Bread supports.
Vote for the People’s Choice Award!
There is also one more award Canstruction Toronto needs to give out, and they need your help to award it. From now until June 2, go to https://www.facebook.com/canstructionTO vote by ‘liking’ your favourite Canstructure picture on Facebook through the Canstruction Toronto page.
Quadrangle – Winner of Best Meal
Best Meal Winner, up close!
Entuitive with PCL Constructors and Parkin Architects – Winner of Best Use of Labels
GM BluePlan Engineering Limited – Winner of Juror’s Favourite
The 2016 Canstruction Toronto event is gearing up! This is a competition held in Toronto and cities around the world where, each year, teams of designers, architects and engineers donate their time to build sculptures made entirely out of cans of foods. Last year’s Canstruction raised over 70,000 pounds of food. The canned food sculptures will be displayed in downtown Toronto from May 17 to 21 before being taken down and donated to Daily Bread Food Bank.
Friday, December 18 an annual tradition returns! Breakfast Television’s annual Spirit of the Season, a Christmas party with a giving attitude. Viewers are invited to come see the show live in the lobby of the Sheraton Centre (123 Queen Street West). Starting at 5:30 a.m., the whole BT gang will be in attendance and you can be too!
Spirit of the Season will wrap up with CityNews on hand to deliver the news, weather and your traffic reports live.
Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation or drop off a cash donation to the Daily Bread team while you are there!
This Friday, December 11, Breakfast Television will return to Yorkdale Shopping Centre for its annual tree sale in support of Daily Bread Food Bank. Breakfast Television’s Jennifer Valentyne and Frank Ferragine will both be on hand from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. For a minimum donation of $10, you can pick out a tree to take home for Christmas.Thanks to the Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario for generously donating the trees this year!
It’s going to be a busy month! Here are some upcoming events to keep an eye out for.
Coming up this Friday!
December 11 – Breakfast Television’s Tree Sale
Jennifer Valentyne and Frank Ferragine will be on hand and live at Yorkdale Shopping Centre from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the annual tree sale! Donate a minimum of $10 to Daily Bread and pick out a Christmas tree to take home.
December 14, 15 and 16 – TTC Challenge
Keep an eye out for teams of Daily Bread volunteers during the morning and evening rush hours at Bloor/Yonge, Dundas, Bay, College and King TTC stations and spare some change to get those donation cans jingling! We’re also still looking for volunteers for this event – if you’re interested click here to find out more.
December 18 – City’s Spirit of the Season
Breakfast Television will be broadcasting live at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto during their annual Christmas party and fundraiser for Daily Bread Food Bank. Come in your pj’s and join in on the fun.
Daily Bread’s Public Food Sorts
Update December 15 – We are fully booked for all the Public Food Sorts.
IT’S BACK! Food Sort Challenge is on November 18, 2015
Our most popular event is back for another round of sweat inducing, adrenaline moving, fun-packed sorting! A DJ will be onsite to blare music into our systems and get you moving, singing, dancing and, most importantly, sorting!
You will compete against 28 teams in a race against the clock to sort as much food as possible in two hours! You’ll have a hopping good time while making a difference in the fight against hunger.
All of the donations raised will be put to work right away. Every $1 allows Daily Bread to distribute $5 worth of food through a network of over 140 member agencies and 200 meal programs. And that’s not all! The food you help to sort will be distributed 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: the more money you raise, the better the chance you have of winning.
Last night Daily Bread hosted the annual Best in Class Awards which recognized the amazing and outstanding support from our community and corporate leaders in our fight against hunger!
Here are the highlights of the evening and the 2014 award winners:
Community Fundraiser Award: Daily Flag for Daily Bread
Congratulations to Michelynn and Benedict Hilliard on this great accomplishment and for all of their efforts for Daily Bread.
Daily Flag for Daily Bread is a truly a unique event that raises donations and creates awareness about poverty and hunger issues in the Beaches neighbourhood. This event takes place over 25 days and actively engages neighbours and friends who create one-of-a-kind flags and then auctions them off, with proceeds going to Daily Bread. Last year, Daily Flag for Daily Bread doubled its donations and allowed Daily Bread to reach out and help more people in need.
“We have to keep at it until the government does more on this issue of hunger,” said Benedict Hilliard.
From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Benedict Hilliard (Daily Flag for Daily Bread) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director.
Volunteer Team Award: CIBC
CIBC and its employees lead by example by donating hundreds and sometimes even thousands of hours of their time and their valuable skills – volunteering on-site in our warehouse or at member agencies; participating in special events and in some cases sharing their technical expertise with us.
Since 2008, CIBC employees have been regular volunteer fixtures in our warehouse. They have devoted a remarkable 3,000 hours of their time to Daily Bread. CIBC employees are committed to the communities where they work and live and we are grateful for their support!
From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Lina Lanni (CIBC District Branch Manager), Carissa Lucreziano, (General Manager- CIBC) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).
Corporate Donor Award: Great Gulf
This year we are recognizing one of our long-time donors who have shown their leadership in support of hunger issues since 2003 – congratulations Great Gulf! One of the unique things about Great Gulf is that they are one of our only corporate donors to make consistent monthly donations. We know we can count on them each and every month! This is a huge help especially when the shelves are low and we need to purchase additional food items to supplement what has been donated.
“We are going to bring our staff to volunteer and challenge others to do the same, ” said Madeline Zito, who is the Vice President of Public Relations at Great Gulf. “This is such a worthwhile cause.”
From l to r: Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director) and Madeline Zito (Vice President Public Relations for Great Gulf).
Food Industry Donor Award: Campbell’s Company of Canada
Campbell’s Company of Canada has consistently provided outstanding food donations, of significant quality and quantity and on a regular basis. Campbell’s understands that hunger is a complex issue – they support hunger issues through donations and also work hard to raise awareness and inspire our neighbours to get involved. Last year alone, they provided over half a million pounds’ worth of food donations. They are probably the best neighbour we could ever imagine!
“There are many people that are really struggling to feed their families and many children as well who are going hungry,” said Moya Brown. “At Campbell’s, we are committed to alleviating that hunger.”
From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Moya Brown (VP, Marketing at Campbell’s Company of Canada) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).
Agency Award: Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry
Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry, has been working with Daily Bread since 2008. This agency has consistently stepped up and covered areas when a food bank in the area has closed down, leaving a potentially devastating gap in being able to provide food to those in need. They are reliable leaders in helping to feed people in Toronto and we’d like to congratulate all of their efforts and the impact they have on people’s lives every day.
From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Leticia Jonayon (Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).
Partner Award: Toronto Professional Fire Fighters
The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters have shown commitment and outstanding leadership! Every member of their team is already a hero in our city but they are also heroes for Daily Bread. Thanks to their generosity and support Daily Bread would face a big gap in our link to the community and in providing enough food to both our agencies and the food programs we support.
These leaders in our community and their fire stations have already collected over one million pounds of food. They’ve also run their own annual event since 2010 called The Starkman Cup Trivia Challenge and through that have raised $80,000. But, their support doesn’t stop there. This group also supports our other events and have collaborated by helping to create awareness across the city and through the donation of their time at some of Daily Bread’s third-party events.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than when a five-year-old has a little bag with soup cans in their hands and we have to lift him up so they can put it the box…It’s extremely gratifying to work with Daily Bread,” said Frank Ramagnano as he accepted the award on behalf of Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association.
From l to r: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Frank Ramagnano (President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread executive director).
The Food Sort Challenge is back for another round on May 13, 2015!
The Food Sort Challenge is the fastest, wildest and the most popular fundraising event of the year! Taking place at Daily Bread’s warehouse, 21 teams will compete against each other and the tick tock of the clock to sort and pack 3,000 pounds of food into 35 different categories in the fastest time possible. This is a fantastic way to work with your colleagues in a fun-packed event while making a difference in the fight against hunger.
Daily Bread’s Food Sort Challenge hopes to raise $50,000 and sort 63,000 pounds of food.
All of the 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 food programs. The food your team helps to sort will be distributed across Toronto to families that rely on Daily Bread for support.
The registration fee is $1100 per team. We are also asking all teams to fundraise for an opportunity to get closer to the title. For every $500 you raise in pledges buys your team 30 seconds OFF your final sorting time AND any food donations collected as part of a drive and brought to the event will be added to the FINAL weight your team sorts. Register now and secure your team before it’s too late.
There are three different shifts on May 13 to choose from: