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Last day of the Spring Drive!

This is no April Fool’s joke….today is the last day of Daily Bread’s Spring Drive! DSC_0078

As of March 31, $150,000 and 93,000 pounds have been raised and the goals are $225,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.

Donations to the Spring Drive will help ensure that Daily Bread can continue to deliver nutritious food out to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Help fight hunger in Toronto and make a gift to the Spring Drive online by clicking here:

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall. Most needed food items include canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, canned or dried beans/lentils as well as canned fish or meat and rice.

Date Added: April 1, 2016 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 10:05 am

Daily Bread Food Bank announces new food programs in Etobicoke and Scarborough

As Daily Bread’s Spring Drive starts, Executive Director Gail Nyberg announced new community partners who are working with Daily Bread to expand much-needed food programs in Etobicoke and Scarborough.

Where poverty is moving in Toronto

Daily Bread’s Who’s Hungry report identified a drastic shift in where poverty is moving in Toronto. Priced out of the downtown core, people on low incomes are being pushed to the inner suburbs of Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke. Rent in these areas may be slightly more affordable but there is also a lack of social services, including food programs, to support people on low incomes. Food bank visits in these areas have risen by 45 per cent since 2008, and the few food programs that are available are stretched to their limits.

New food programs in Etobicoke and Scarborough

In response, Daily Bread has been working with a number of community organizations to develop new food programs in these under-served areas. In early September, the doors of Toronto West Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church Food Bank opened in north Etobicoke. Initially serving 32 households, they now serve over 75 households each week. Daily Bread is also partnering with Canadian South Asian Growth and Support Services and Working Women Community Centre to open a new food bank in Scarborough, starting in June.

Hunger is about more than food

“At Daily Bread, we believe that food is the most basic need of all,” said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director. “But, as a community we need to ask why people in this city can’t afford to feed themselves and their children. And we need to look to our city government, the Ontario government and the federal government, and ask why they think it’s acceptable that a third of people coming to a food bank are children.”

Daily Bread’s Spring Drive

Donations to Daily Bread’s Spring Drive will allow Daily Bread to partner with more organizations to provide nutritious food to those people who are struggling with hunger. The Spring Drive ends April 1, with goals of $225,000 and 150,000 pounds of food. Financial donations can be made easily and securely online at or by mailing a cheque to Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto St., Toronto, Ontario, M8V 2E7. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall.

Date Added: March 11, 2016 | Filed under: Blog, Member Agencies, News, Spring Drive — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 1:15 pm

Order your local food favourite – and help fight hunger too!

UberEats logo-largeOn March 11, we’ve got a great way to give a little extra back to Daily Bread Food Bank.

We have partnered with UberEATS, a new food-ordering app that delivers the best of Toronto from the local spots you love right when you want it.  On Friday, March 11, UberEATS will donate $2 from every order to Daily Bread. That $2 is enough to pay for two whole meals provided to a child or adult who gets their groceries at a neighbourhood food bank.

“We’re all about celebrating the cities we serve, “says UberEATS Toronto general manager Bowie Cheung. “That’s why we are so excited to support a great Toronto organization that is working to end hunger in this city for almost 100,000 people a year.”

So, just by getting together for lunch with your workmates or winding up the week with friends for a bite after work, you can support a good cause. The more orders on UberEATS on March 11, the more meals we can provide to people in need.

Want to do more? It is easy to make a donation right here!  And, of course, we’re counting on you to run a food & cash drive to help us meet our Spring Drive goal.

Spread the word! Go to to download the UberEATS app and mark your calendars for Friday March 11 to help us in our fight against hunger.

Date Added: March 8, 2016 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 8:54 am

Spring Drive has ended!

Our Spring Drive has ended! Thanks to your generous donations, we raised an amazing 185,000 pounds of food – that’s 35,000 pounds more than our original goal. We also raised 87 per cent of our financial goal and ended the Spring Drive with over $187,000.

Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered and a big thank you to those who ran food and fund drives at their schools, workplaces or in the community.

Date Added: April 13, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive — Anderson @ 3:38 pm

Spring Drive update

Spring Drive update! Thanks to your generous donations, we’ve raised $65,000 and 30,000 pounds of food. Our goals are $215,000 and 150,000 pounds of food. The Spring Drive ends April 10. You can donate online at or drop off nutritious non-perishable food donations at your local fire hall, Loblaws, nofrills or Valu-Mart.

Not sure what kinds of food to donate? Canned fish and meat are great protein options, as is peanut butter and canned (or dried) beans and lentils. We’re always looking for donations of canned fruits and vegetables and tomato pasta sauce too.

Did you know that 40% of the food Daily Bread distributes is fresh? That includes fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, yogurt and eggs that are either donated or purchased. When you donate online, your donation helps us distribute that food out to over 200 food programs across the city. Your donations help ensure families have food to put on the table.

Date Added: March 26, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 11:51 am

Spring Drive Update

Daily Bread’s Spring Drive ends in 2 weeks! With goals of $225,000 and 225,000 pounds of food, we’re currently at $75,000 and 64,000 pounds of food.

We have a couple of big food drives this week that we are still picking donations up from, but we need your help too! Not sure what to donate? Some of our most-needed food items include whole wheat pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna/meat and canned fruits and vegetables. Liem Vu from The Morning Show on Global visited us in the warehouse today to find out more about our Spring Drive!

Take a look at the video below to find our more about what kind of healthy food you can donate, and help us reach our goals by April 26. You can drop off food donations at any Loblaws, valu-mart, No Frills or Real Canadian Superstore as well as your local fire hall. Financial donations can be made by clicking here!

Date Added: April 11, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 11:45 am

The GTAA’s Spring Hope Food Drive is April 8!

What is the Spring Hope Food Drive, you ask? It is the largest door-to-door food drive in Canada, with 675 apartment buildings across the GTA participating. An annual event put on by the Greater Toronto Apartment Association, the Spring Hope Food Drive raised over 67,000 pounds of food and $4,000 for Daily Bread last year. On Tuesday, April 8, volunteers will come to your door between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to collect food donations for your local food bank.

If you know you won’t be home that night, you can also leave the food by your door and it will still get picked up. Often, buildings will also provide a donation bin in the lobby or office of your superintendent. If you’re not sure if your building is participating, ask your building management or check your building’s notice board for the Spring Hope Food Drive poster.

Not sure what to donate? Here are some of our most-needed food items:

  • Canned tuna/meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Baby food and formula
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Canned or dried beans and lentils
  • Powdered or Tetra Pak cartons of milk
  • Your family’s favourite, nutritious non-perishable food

Check in with your building management or superintendent to see if they are participating in the Spring Hope Food Drive.

For more information, please click here.

Date Added: April 3, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News, Spring Drive — Anita @ 1:57 pm

Volunteer for the Spring Drive!

Support Daily Bread by helping us collect much need food this spring. We are looking for volunteers to help hand out our food drive bags outside participating grocery stores. This is a family friendly event and the impact you will make is HUGE!

Shifts are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on two weekends: April 19, and April 26 and 27.

Please note, anyone under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

There are five locations across Toronto where you can volunteer:

Loblaws @ 396 St. Clair Ave W

Loblaws @ 2280 Dundas Ave W

Loblaws @ 380 The East Mall

Loblaws @ 650 Dupont St


Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens @ 60 Carlton St

Interested? Register online by clicking the locations above and choosing the shift and date you would like to sign up for. Have questions? Email if you have any questions.

Date Added: March 25, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive, Volunteer Opportunities — Anderson @ 9:58 am

Media Advisory: Volunteers sorting Spring Drive food donations during Easter

Volunteers sorting Spring Drive food donations during Easter

WHAT:              Spring Drive Public Food Sort                

Almost six hundred volunteers on March 30 and April 1 will be sorting and packing food donations from the Spring Drive at Daily Bread Food Bank. On Saturday, March 30, Canadian Olympians will once again be volunteering their time to give back to the community.

The Spring Drive ends on April 6 with goals of 200,000 dollars and 100,000 pounds of food. The Spring Drive is $118,000 and 20,000 pounds of food raised as of March 25.

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


Saturday, March 30

10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (with special guests, Canadian Olympians)
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 1

10 a.m. to 12:00 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)


The fastest, easiest way to make a financial donation is online at You can also mail cheques to: Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto Street, Toronto, ON  M8V 2E7. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall or participating grocery stores.

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For more information: 

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

Date Added: March 26, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive, Volunteer — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 9:51 am

Spring Drive Update

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Spring Drive so far! The Spring Drive started last week and runs until April 6. So far, your generous donations have helped raise $86,000 and 16,000 pounds of food. Our goals are $200,000 and 100,000 pounds of food to help stock our shelves and provide food to meal programs and food banks at shelters, community food centres and social service agencies across Toronto. Your financial donations will allow us to purchase healthy food such as yogurt, fresh vegetables and eggs and pay for the gas in the trucks to get food donations out to our 170 member agencies.

More than just a food bank, your support means that in addition to providing food for over 66,000 food bank visits a month, we can also:

  • provide training opportunities for low-income people through our Food Services Training Program
  • push the government for change in public policy that will reduce poverty (and in turn reduce hunger)
  • educate youth about hunger and poverty issues in the community
  • provide training for our member agencies in nutrition and cooking, safe food handling and support for food bank clients
  • provide information and referral support for people on low incomes in areas such as housing, education, social assistance and employment
  • prepare and distribute 14,000 meals a month through our onsite kitchen

Date Added: March 21, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 2:17 pm

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