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Bring a non-perishable food donation to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be winding its way through downtown Toronto on March 15. The Toronto Paramedic Services and Toronto Paramedic Association will be marching in the parade, collecting non-perishable food donations for Daily Bread Food Bank. This is the second year in the row that they have collected food donations. Last year over 1130 pounds of food was donated, helping provide  nutritious food to families in need. This year, they’ve doubled their goal. Help them raise over a 1000 pounds of healthy food by bringing a non-perishable food donation down to the parade! DSC_0023

Not sure what to donate? Here are some great ideas of food to donate that Daily Bread needs:

  • canned/dried beans or lentils
  • canned fruit and vegetables
  • peanut butter
  • canned fish
  • tomato pasta sauce

The parade starts from Bloor and St. George at noon on Sunday, March 15. For more information on the parade, click here.

Date Added: March 6, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , , , — Sarah @ 4:45 pm

10th Annual Trivia Challenge


The 10th Anniversary of the Starkman Cup Trivia Challenge returns March 9!

The Starkman Cup is back for its 10th year! This brain-teasing, friendly competition is presented by the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association in support of Daily Bread Food Bank’s services and programs in Toronto.

Have a deep knowledge of information trapped and waiting to come out and be acknowledged? Proud of your commitment of The Simpsons and looking for the right audience to appreciate it? Come out to the Starkman Cup named appropriately in remembrance of Randy Starkman, The Toronto Star journalist who was a well-known and beloved trivia player. You will be questioned and tested for your deep knowledge on television shows, politics, Star Trek and sports, but of course all subjects are fair game…you are warned.

When: Monday, March 9, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd.

Tickets: $75 per person or $600 for a team of 8. Includes a dinner prepared by Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen.

If you’d love to be a part of this and don’t have a team to join, we will gladly place you with one.

Register Today! Or contact or call 416-203-0050 x299 for more information.

Date Added: February 4, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , , — Jessica @ 4:12 pm

CBC Toronto – Sounds of the Season


Daily Bread’s executive director, Gail Nyberg, speaks with Here and Now host Gill Deacon.

CBC Toronto’s annual Sounds of the Season kicked off on December 5 with a day-long event. Special musical guests, CBC personalities and live broadcasts of shows such as Metro Morning and Here and Now made for an exciting day, with over $370,000 raised so far. A huge thank you to BMO Financial Group, RBC Foundation, CIBC, TD Bank Group, Manulife Financial and Scotiabank who each donated $20,000.  Campbell Canada also donated 40,000 cans of soup!

Often called food banks, the Sounds of the Season event raises money for local food distribution hubs in the GTA that provide food and support to hundreds of community agencies running a variety of programs that are responding to their neighbourhood’s unique needs. Daily Bread Food Bank provides food for over 140 community agencies running hundreds of food programs for thousands of families – from food banks to community kitchens, meal programs to cooking classes.

Sounds of the Season ends December 31. Donate online to Daily Bread through Sounds of the Season by clicking here.Pjp


Donors give generously at Sounds of the Season.


Kevin Sylvester entertains the crowds outside Glenn Gould studio with his illustrations.


Anne-Marie Mediwake and Dwight Drummond during the nightly news.


Former traffic reporter Jim Curran shows off his stained glass from the silent auction.


Fresh Air host Mary Ito on stage at the Glenn Gould Studio during Sounds of the Season.


Metro Morning host Matt Galloway speaks with members of the audience during the live broadcast.

Photo credit: Tanja Tiziana

Date Added: December 13, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,Holiday Drive,News,Sounds of the Season — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Sarah @ 10:03 am

Breakfast Television’s Christmas Tree Sale at Yorkdale


Join us at Breakfast Television (BT Toronto)‘s Christmas Tree Sale at Yorkdale this Thursday, December 11th, 2014!

It’s an annual tradition in a brand new location. The BT Christmas Tree Sale is moving to Yorkdale Shopping Centre! Come join the Breakfast Television hosts as they sell Christmas trees in support of Daily Bread. Make a minimum donation of ten dollars and walk away with a Christmas tree. It’s your chance to get in the holiday spirit…and put food on the tables of families in need. The BT Christmas Tree sale starts at 5:30AM in the Southwest lot of Yorkdale Shopping Centre (near Joey’s).


We need people to help us load trees sold into customers vehicles. If you have your own vehicle and can commit to an early morning and some heavy lifting please email or call 416-203-0050 x241.

Date: December 11th, 2014
Where: Southwest lot of Yorkdale Shopping Centre (near Joey’s).
Time: 4:50 am – 9:15 am. (be ready to help at 5 am)

Date Added: December 8, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,Holiday Drive,News,Volunteer,Volunteer Opportunities — Jessica @ 2:17 pm

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – October 17

“Poverty exists right here in our city.”DSC_0132

Hunger in the land of plenty

As we observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, it is important to remember that poverty exists right here in our city. Despite being the commercial capital of Canada, Toronto saw nearly 900,000 visits to food banks last year. Over 40 per cent of clients surveyed report going hungry at least once a week, and a third of clients even report not eating for an entire day due to lack of money.

And these numbers only show those who come to a food bank. Many more are hungry and still do not access a food bank. This could be because of pride which may prevent some from asking for help; not knowing where food banks are in the community; or not being able to afford the transit fare necessary to get to a food bank that is not walking distance.

Hunger in the GTA is the result of a lack of money, not a lack of food

The driving force of hunger and poverty in the GTA is not a lack of food – but is the result of low incomes as well as an inadequate income support system, which are not keeping up with rising food and housing costs. These are big issues, which require big solutions – including a transformed income security system, more affordable housing and other initiatives which help people put food on the table AND keep a roof over their head.

These bigger solutions are possible, and we have seen evidence of that: we have seen a reduction in child poverty and food bank use among families with children in the past few years. An improved economy has helped, but continued investments in government programs, such as the Ontario Child Benefit, played an essential role as well.

However one size does not fit all: to reduce poverty and hunger further, a range of solutions needs to be developed, planned and implemented. And in the meantime, people need to eat.

Food banks: Fighting hunger today and tomorrow

“Without the services of the food bank, my mom and I would go hungry a lot more. It really helps us get through a couple weeks and the friendly volunteers are wonderful…and I would just like to say, thank you.”
Survey respondent, 2014 Who’s Hungry Survey of people accessing food banks across the GTA.

Food banks are a local, community driven response to poverty. They help people fill their cupboards and stomachs during periods of financial difficulty. People accessing our food banks often tell us that by getting help with food, there is one less thing for them to worry about until they get back on their feet. Clients show us that despite seemingly insurmountable barriers, moving forward and climbing out of poverty is still possible.

While providing food on its own will not solve hunger in the long term, food banks are most often anti-poverty, multiservice organizations working on long term solutions. And while we work towards these long term solutions, we will continue to do our best to help people get the food they need.

Date Added: October 17, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , , — Jessica @ 11:04 am

Congratulations to Loblaw Companies Limited for winning this year’s Partner Award.

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Tyler Stevens, Loblaws Store Manager (Queen & Portland); Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Tyler Stevens, Loblaws Store Manager (Queen & Portland); Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

In the past three years, Loblaws has provided Daily Bread with tremendous support by donating over 620,000 lbs worth of food donations to Daily Bread. Loblaw also holds one of the largest-ever national retail food drives in Canada, the semi-annual Extra Helping Food Drive that raises food and funds for national, provincial, and local food bank programs. Daily Bread has received over $130,000 cash and 160,000 lbs of food from this drive.

All the nominees from this year’s Best Class Awards in this category have been our top supporters for many years, and have been generously contributing in every way possible for the past three years and we are incredibly grateful for their commitment. They support various Daily Bread initiatives and make our work possible through their successful employee engagement programs and fundraising events


  • TD Bank Group
    • Over the past three years, TD has contributed over $130,000 in financial support
    • They have been involved in our Ultimate Food Challenge event and organized a large number of food and fund drives in recent years.
    • TD employees are a regular fixture in our warehouse and set a record of 1,700 volunteer hours contributed this past year.
  • RBC
    • Over the past three years, RBC has contributed over $100,000 in donations to support a range of initiatives including our Food Services Training Program and Agency Relations Program
    • Last year, RBC employees sorted almost 30,000 lbs of food in our warehouse, and they have also organized food and fund drives in recent years
  • Walmart Canada
    • Over the past three years, Walmart has contributed more than $150,000 in financial support and donated over $90,000 worth of gift cards to purchase priority food and household items
    • Last year they donated around 80,000 lbs of food through their Retail Program and trade show


Date Added: October 15, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Jessica @ 3:48 pm

Congratulations to General Mills Canada for winning the Leader Award!

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Catherine Jackson, General Mills - Director, Corporate Communications; Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Catherine Jackson, General Mills – Director, Corporate Communications; Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

General Mills has supported Daily Bread for over 15 years, and in the last three years alone, has contributed over 750,000 lbs of priority food items including cereals, canned vegetables and healthy snacks and has been engaged on an ongoing basis in volunteering at Daily Bread through their Day of Caring.

The companies in our Leader category are all outstanding corporate citizens in the food industry. Daily Bread distributes approximately 8.6 million pounds of nutritious food each year, and we absolutely couldn’t do this without the outstanding food donations received from industry supporters. All of the nominees in this category from our Best in Class Awards have been among Daily Bread’s top 10 industry donors for at least the past three years, providing our clients with nutritious items – and we’re pleased to acknowledge their ongoing commitment and generosity.


  • Dairy Farmers of Ontario
    • Thanks to the generosity of over 500 dairy farmers in Ontario, Daily Bread has received approximately 1.5 million pounds of milk through the Farmer’s Milk Program over the past three years.
  • Dominion Produce Ltd.
    • A partner of Daily Bread since 2007, over the past three years has donated over 600,000 lbs of fresh vegetables including onions, carrots, beets and potatoes.
  • Unico Foods Inc.
    • A supporter of Daily Bread since 2007, over the past three years has donated almost 400,000 lbs of nutritious products beans, tomato paste, pasta sauce and pasta.

Date Added: October 14, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Jessica @ 2:15 pm

And the Change Maker Award goes to…Corus Entertainment

Ghazala Parvez, Daily Bread Board Member; Jane Tesar, CORUS Communications Coordinator and Rebecca Rebeiro, CORUS Communications Assistant; Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread Executive Director

Ghazala Parvez, Daily Bread Board Member; Jane Tesar, Corus Communications Coordinator and Rebecca Rebeiro, Corus Communications Assistant; Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread Executive Director

Congratulations to Corus Entertainment for winning this year’s Change Maker Award!

Corus Entertainment supports Daily Bread through their national initiative, Corus Feeds Kids, which focuses on nourishing children’s bodies and minds for healthy development and long-term success. Corus has also supported Daily Bread through our Ultimate Food Challenge and Food Sort Challenge.

Nominees in this category have carried Daily Bread’s torch into the community by joining the fight against hunger issues and making it their own. These organizations support Daily Bread at a leadership level, they run their own awareness campaigns, and they support food banks and hunger prevention on a broader level through their corporate giving mandate.


  • Cisco Canada
    • Has been a Daily Bread supporter for over 10 years, participating enthusiastically in volunteering, food-collecting and fundraising.
    • Last year, 300 volunteers helped out over the holidays with the TTC Challenge event and at our facilities helping pack over 12,000 holiday food bags.
  • Campbell Company of Canada
    • Has supported Daily Bread for over 20 years – hunger is at the core of their community involvement through their national Help Hunger Disappear campaign.
    • Have provided over a million pounds of nourishing soups and stews to our clients as well as leadership support to our Food Services Training Program.
  • CBI Health Group
    • In 2004, CBI Health Group launched Hustle for Hunger, which is now a national campaign in partnership with The Running Room.
    • Now in its 6th year, Hustle for Hunger Toronto draws 225 participants and has raised over 1,600 lbs of food and $47,000 for Daily Bread.

Date Added: October 13, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Jessica @ 12:35 pm

Congratulations to CBC Toronto for winning this year’s Champion Award!

Mary Wiens, CBC Producer (centre) with Al Shulman and Gail Nyberg.

Al Shulman, Chair of the Board; Mary Wiens, Producer, Sounds of the Season; Gail Nyberg, Executive Directior

CBC Toronto raised over $600,000 for food banks in Ontario through their Sounds of the Season celebration last year, and exceeding their previous year’s record by $80,000.

The event begins with a live, full-day of broadcasting along with special guests and special performances and an onsite silent auction at CBC. This is also an educational event that helps raise awareness about hunger and poverty issues in the GTA.

The companies nominated for our Champion Award at this year’s Best in Class Awards have provided direct support to Daily Bread Food Bank at a leadership level – and they have leveraged their own support to mobilize others to make a significant contribution as well. They are both leading donors and fundraisers. By championing our cause, these corporate partners have engaged thousands of individuals and other corporations in the fight to end hunger in our city.


  • Toronto Wholesale Produce Association
    • Our joint partnership with Second Harvest and the Toronto Wholesale Produce Association kicked off last November, and is critical to our ability to provide fresh produce to help nourish our clients.
    • The Association’s member companies have donated 428,176 lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    • Blakes Law Firm Challenge is the biggest third party event in support of Daily Bread and engages over 30 law firms each year to participate
    • The event has raised over $1.4 million and 17,000 pounds of food since it began for our programs – and last year alone they raised over $220,000.
  • Purolator
    • Has supported Daily Bread for over 10 years, primarily through their Tackle Hunger campaign.
    • The campaign engages Purolator employees, customers and partners in events, such as professional football and soccer games, to raise food and funds for Daily Bread and other food banks across the country – last year, Daily Bread received over $40,000.

For a full list of winners from Daily Bread’s Best in Class event, click here.

Date Added: October 11, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , — Jessica @ 1:11 pm

Maple Lodge Farms wins Achiever Award

Congratulations to Maple Lodge Farms for winning this year’s Achiever Award!

Ghazala Parvez, Daily Bread Board Member; Kristina Joyner, Promotions & Sponsorships Coordinator; Gail Nyberg, Executive Director

Ghazala Parvez, Daily Bread Board Member; Kristina Joyner, Promotions & Sponsorships Coordinator; Gail Nyberg, Executive Director


Last year, Maple Lodge Farms donated $50,000 and 80,000 lbs of frozen meat, an increase of 20,000 lbs from the previous year. This award honours donors who have significantly increased their contributions over previous years.

When times are tough for business, they are generally even tougher for people who come to food banks. Daily Bread appreciates these companies, who, by increasing their donations of food and funds, help Daily Bread to keep up with the increasing need in our city.


  • F.G. Lister & Company Limited
    • Since 2012, has provided over 440,000 lbs of fresh vegetables which has been critical for meeting the nutritional needs of our clients.
  • FreshBooks
    • Grew their support to $20,000 this past December.
  • Target Canada
    • Last year donated almost 100,000 lbs worth of meat, juice, cereal and snacks through their Retail Food Program, a huge increase in their support.

Date Added: October 10, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , — Sarah @ 9:38 am

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