Date Added: March 4, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Youth Program — Jessica @ 1:10 pm
From March 7 to March 14, high school students ages 15 and up are invited to come in to volunteer during our regular business hours. Students will have the opportunity to help sort food donations, pack orders in the warehouse and work in the kitchen, all while completing their required 40 hours of community service. Advanced sign up is mandatory.
Click here for more information and to register.
Don’t miss this great March Break volunteer opportunity, spaces are limited!
Date Added: January 9, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer Opportunities, Youth Program — Anderson @ 9:46 am
Daily Bread’s Youth Program provides educational and volunteer opportunities for students aged 8 and up. If you are a teacher interested in bringing a class to Daily Bread, email email@example.com for more information. Caileigh is a Grade 7 student who volunteered along with her class this year, and shared what she learned about food banks, Daily Bread and hunger while she was here.
I thought that visiting the “Daily Bread Food Bank” was a very humbling experience. You would not normally think of how fortunate we are to have all of our basic needs met daily. We all have food, water, warmth, shelter, and a school education. Some people in the GTA do not have those things to support themselves, or their families.
The people, who donate their time at the food bank, do so as unpaid volunteers. They generously help their fellow citizens, out of the goodness of their hearts. As a school we collected a large amount of food, but that is only a fraction of what is really needed.
We experienced; packaging carrots, making little bags of milk, and packaging non-perishable food items. Even the few hours we helped made a big difference, and helped make the regular volunteers tasks just a bit easier, for a day. It made me feel good to donate both time and food to help people in need.
Most of the people that go to the food bank are embarrassed. They ask their family and friends for help first but eventually turn to the food bank. Visiting the food bank was a great eye opening experience. Spending your time helping the citizens that need help the most.
– Caileigh, Grade 7, TMS School
Date Added: September 24, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Fundraising Events, News, Youth Program — Anderson @ 4:00 pm
We’ve received a lot of questions from parents asking advice about how to talk to their kids about hunger and poverty.
When children see examples of poverty in their community, it often brings up challenging questions for parents to try and answer. It can be very difficult to understand some of the complex issues that surround hunger and poverty, not just for kids, but adults too. Here are some tips that will allow you to have an effective and positive conversation about these topics at home.
Talk openly and honestly
This communicates the message that being in need is not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about. This can allow you to ensure questions are answered, proper terminology is used and misconceptions are explained.
Make it personal
Many of us don’t realize that our peers, co-workers, friends and family may be using a food bank. There could be classmates, friends or other children in their faith groups, sports teams and other extracurricular activities that need help. Explaining this to your children might make them relate to the issue more effectively. Examples of family and friends who may have fallen on hard times and relied on the support of others is a good place to start. It is a good idea to point out ways that people in their community who may look or seem to live differently are in fact quite similar.
Encourage compassion AND action
Encourage your children to see themselves in a hungry person’s shoes, and how that would make them feel. Then ask them what they want to do to help. Giving your children an opportunity to make a difference inspires self-confidence, tolerance, patience and empathy. Children very quickly learn how to be a leader and gain a new perspective on the world around them.
Want to run a food or fund drive for Daily Bread? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get started.
Interested in our youth program or volunteering opportunities for youth who are grade 6 and up? Email Tira Campbell at email@example.com for more information.
We’ve released our newest Who’s Hungry report! Click here to learn more about about hunger and poverty in Toronto.