Daily Bread Food Bank believes that research is critical to creating social change to reduce poverty, so every year we collect data from food banks across Toronto to publish the Who’s Hungry Report.
Based on issues that affect food bank clients, the Who’s Hungry Report helps advocate for policy changes that improve the lives of children and adults living in poverty.
And to create our Who’s Hungry Report we need volunteers!
If you are over 19 years old and fluent in reading, writing and speaking English, you can volunteer. We also need volunteers who can speak other languages. Survey training will be provided.
When and Where
Surveying starts in February and goes to the end of April. Hours and shifts will vary but most shifts are 2 to 3 hours long. We conduct surveys in more than 50 food banks across Toronto.
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.
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.
Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at your local fire hall. Help us reach our new $8 million annual goal.
Daily Bread’s warehouse is located at 191 New Toronto Street, Toronto ON
M8V 2E7. There is limited parking available. We are accessible by TTC (110 Islington South bus from Islington subway station; please check www.ttc.ca for schedules and more information).
Make an impact and help fight hunger in your community!
Daily Bread is currently offering volunteer positions throughout our organization. We are looking for receptionists as well as Fundraising Donor Clerks. Each of these positions play a very large role in our operation and help us continue to fight hunger all year round.
Receptionists serve as Daily Bread ambassadors and as an important resource for food bank clients. The Receptionist volunteers in a fast-paced environment to provide front-line support to the daily operations of Daily Bread Food Bank. This position serves visitors by greeting, welcoming and directing them appropriately, notifies staff of visitor arrivals and helps to maintain security and telecommunications systems. To read more about the job description and how to apply please click the button below.
As an integral part of the Fundraising and Development team, the Fundraising Donor Clerk will be responsible for the accurate entry of data in a high-paced environment to update donor records, and will provide customer service for donors. To read more about the job description and how to apply please click the button below.
This event is currently sold out!
On June 15, 2016, 21 teams will battle to win the Food Sort Challenge title! This event is a fast paced event where team of 10 members race against the clock to sort through 3,000 lbs. Our goal is to raise $45,000 and sort 63,000 pounds of food.
Your donations will be put to work right away. Every $1 allows Daily Bread to distribute $5 worth of food through a network of 136 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.
Corporate volunteers play a HUGE role at Daily Bread. In addition to supporting our work financially and through food donations, last year 6,665 awesome employees volunteered 22,167 hours of their valuable time to help us sort 1,722,394 pounds of food. And, our community champions donated their time by volunteering, hosting and organizing over 350 drives in their school, club or faith group. What all these big numbers really mean is that you are helping us to distribute hundreds of thousands of food hampers to individuals and families and millions of meals for people in Toronto struggling with hunger.
Daily Bread has over 10,000 volunteers who help us throughout the year. Volunteers are the heart of Daily Bread. It is amazing and humbling to see the number of volunteers who regularly come in and help us in the fight against hunger. They help us answer the phones, input data, make the boxes, sort the food, palletize the sorted food, get out the orders, prepare the meals, wash the dishes, haul the garbage, clean up, greet the volunteers, serve clients at the food bank, give info to clients and refer them to other resources, work at special events like public food sorts and Canstruction … and in other ways, big and small, throughout the year!
Updated February 3, 2015 – All shifts are full! Thanks to everyone who registered.
Upcoming evening and weekend community sorts
A great opportunity to learn more about Daily Bread Food Bank and give back at the same time! Daily Bread is hosting one Saturday and two evening community sorts. Volunteers will help sort and pack food donations which will then be delivered to over 200 food programs across the city. Interested? We have spots available on the following dates:
Wednesday, January 28th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL Wednesday, February 4th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL Saturday, February 7th | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – FULL
If you are interested in registering to volunteer for any of these dates, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please note that no children under the age of 8 are allowed in the warehouse. Volunteers aged 8 to 14 must also be accompanied by an adult who will volunteer with them.
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.
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!
2014 OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS
Shane Liu, Waste Management Support Volunteer
Peter Anderson, Warehouse Operations Volunteer
Andrew Choo, Take Action Project Student Volunteer (Summer TAP Program)
Karen Downey, 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.