Date Added: January 5, 2016 | Comments Off on Thank you for supporting Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive! | Filed under: Blog,Events,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: Daily Bread Food Bank, donate, Holiday drive public food sorts, volunteers — Adam Paralovos @ 10:06 am
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: December 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Media Advisory: Dec 28 & 29 Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: Christmas Eve, Daily Bread Food Bank, Holiday Drive, public food sorts — Sarah @ 2:37 pm
UPDATED December 24, 12:25 p.m.
WHAT: Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts
A holiday tradition for many, over 600 hundred volunteers will be sorting and packing food donations at Daily Bread’s warehouse.
The Holiday Drive ends December 31 with goals of $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food. As of December 24, $1,693,000 and 524,000 pounds of food have been donated.
Note: Daily Bread is fully booked for public sorting. No volunteers are required. Daily Bread Food Bank will be closed the afternoon of December 24.
Monday, December 28: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 29: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Daily Bread Food Bank at 191 New Toronto Street (Off Islington, north of Lakeshore)
WHO: Gail Nyberg, Executive Director, Daily Bread Food Bank
GENERAL HOLIDAY DRIVE INFORMATION
The fastest, easiest way to make a financial donation is online at www.dailybread.ca. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall or participating grocery stores. Most needed food items include peanut butter, canned fish, canned vegetables and fruit, rice, pasta, tomato sauce, canned/dried beans, baby food, cereal and formula.
About Daily Bread Food Bank
Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes. For more information on Daily Bread Food Bank, please visit www.dailybread.ca.
For more information:
Sarah Anderson Austin
Senior Manager, Communications
T: 416-203-0050 ext. 238 C: 416-450-2196
Date Added: December 17, 2015 | Comments Off on You’re invited! Breakfast Television’s Spirit of the Season | Filed under: Blog,Events,Fundraising Events,News — Tags: Breakfast Television, CityNews, Spirit of the Season — Sarah @ 3:08 pm
Friday, December 18 an annual tradition returns! Breakfast Television’s annual Spirit of the Season, a Christmas party with a giving attitude. Viewers are invited to come see the show live in the lobby of the Sheraton Centre (123 Queen Street West). Starting at 5:30 a.m., the whole BT gang will be in attendance and you can be too!
Spirit of the Season will wrap up with CityNews on hand to deliver the news, weather and your traffic reports live.
Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation or drop off a cash donation to the Daily Bread team while you are there!
Date Added: December 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Holiday Events | Filed under: Blog,Events,Fundraising Events,Holiday Drive,News — Sarah @ 3:44 pm
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: November 16, 2015 | Comments Off on TTC Challenge | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: Daily Bread Food Bank, Holiday Drive, TTC, TTC Challenge, volunteer — Adam Paralovos @ 3:35 pm
We need your help on December 14, 15 and 16! The TTC Challenge is a fun volunteer engagement opportunity where corporate groups of 2 to 4 individuals a shift will ask and inspire commuters to spread a little cheer for someone
in need this holiday season. This time of year can be overwhelming for those living in poverty. You can help make a big difference by helping out and volunteering some of your time.
Details of the event:
- December 14, 15, and 16
- Participating Stations: Bloor/Yonge, King, Dundas, Bay, College
- Shifts: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
- Staffing required: 2 to 4 volunteers per station, per shift
Teams of volunteers will be scheduled at a participating TTC Subway station to ask and inspire riders to spare a little extra jingle (cash donations) to help fill donation tins for Daily Bread.
Please contact Sandra Agayby at 416-203-0050 ext. 299 or at email@example.com to book your spot today!
Date Added: March 6, 2015 | Comments Off on Bring a non-perishable food donation to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: Daily Bread Food Bank, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Toronto food banks, Toronto Paramedic Services, Toronto Paramedic Services Association — Sarah @ 4:45 pm
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!
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: February 4, 2015 | Comments Off on 10th Annual Trivia Challenge | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: fundraising events, Starkman cup, Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association, trivia challenge — Jessica @ 4:12 pm
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.
Date Added: December 13, 2014 | Comments Off on CBC Toronto – Sounds of the Season | Filed under: Blog,Events,Holiday Drive,News,Sounds of the Season — Tags: BMO Financial Group, Campbell Canada, CBC News Toronto, CBC Radio One, CIBC, Here and Now, Manulife Financial, Metro Morning, RBC Foundation, Scotiabank, Sounds of the Season, TD Bank Group — Sarah @ 10:03 am
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 8, 2014 | Comments Off on Breakfast Television’s Christmas Tree Sale at Yorkdale | Filed under: Blog,Events,Holiday Drive,News,Volunteer,Volunteer Opportunities — Jessica @ 2:17 pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: October 17, 2014 | Comments Off on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – October 17 | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: Daily Bread Food Bank, hunger, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Toronto food banks — Jessica @ 11:04 am
“Poverty exists right here in our city.”
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.
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