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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 | 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 | 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 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 8:16 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: November 15, 2016 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, Information, News — Tags: , , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 8:25 am



Thank you for supporting Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive!

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Thanks to your generous support, Daily Bread raised an amazing $2.3 million and over 600,000 pounds of food during the Holiday Drive.

While Daily Bread didn’t quite reach its Holiday Drive goals, the food and money raised during the last month will help keep Daily Bread’s shelves stocked and our trucks running, distributing healthy and nutritious food to almost 200 food programs across Toronto.

And just because the Holiday Drive has stopped, doesn’t mean Daily Bread has! Hunger is a year-round problem, which means you can donate online, volunteer, or drop off non-perishable food donations to your local fire hall throughout the year as well.

Thanks to everyone who donated, volunteered or took the time out of their busy holiday schedules to organize a food or fundraising drive!


Date Added: January 5, 2016 | Filed under: Blog, Events, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 10:06 am



Sign up for the Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts today!

UPDATE December 15 10:21 a.m.: The Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts are full.

Don’t worry – if you weren’t able to register for a spot but you were really hoping to help Daily Bread Food Bank, there are many other ways to support Daily Bread and the Holiday Drive!

1. Donate! Drop off non-perishable food donations to your local fire hall. Make a gift online. Help us reach our goals of $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food by December 31.

2. Run a food drive or event! It’s easy, and we can help. Run a food drive at your school or in your workplace. Having a holiday party? Why not ask guests to bring a non-perishable food donation instead of a gift?

3. Volunteer throughout the year. While we need people to help sort through the Holiday Drive food donations, we also need volunteers throughout the year. It doesn’t stop just because the holidays are over! Consider volunteering during March Break. Taking a stay-cation with the family this summer? Why not sign up to volunteer?

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Starting at 10 a.m. this morning, registration for the Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts will open up online here: Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts

This year’s Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts will be held on Christmas Eve morning, as well as Monday, December 28 and Tuesday, December 29. For more information on shifts and how to register, please click here.

Can’t make it? The Holiday Drive is already underway! You can donate non-perishable food and drop it off at any fire hall across Toronto, or directly to Daily Bread’s warehouse at 191 New Toronto Street.

To make a monetary donation please click here.


Date Added: December 14, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 11:04 am



Holiday Events

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.

Online registration for all the public food sorts begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15. Find out more by clicking here and bookmark this page to come back to next Tuesday!

December 24 – Christmas Eve Public Food Sort

The first of three public food sorts, Daily Bread will be hosting a morning sort on Christmas Eve to help sort and pack food donations from the Holiday Drive.

December 28 and 29 – Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts

The Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts return – morning and afternoon shifts will be available.

CBC’s Sounds of the Season

CBC Toronto’s Sounds of the Season kicked on December 4 with some live radio events, special musical guests and shows onsite at CBC in downtown Toronto. If you missed it, you still have a chance to participate by donating online to Daily Bread Food Bank.


Date Added: December 8, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Events, Fundraising Events, Holiday Drive, News — Anderson @ 3:44 pm



Holiday Drive starts today

Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive starts today and ends December 31, with goals of $2.5 million and one million pounds of food. 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: November 26, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday Drive — Tags: , — Anderson @ 1:20 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: January 8, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 11:55 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 | Filed under: Blog, Holiday Drive, News — Tags: , — Anderson @ 2:09 pm



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