Date Added: October 17, 2014 | Comments Off | 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.
Date Added: October 15, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Jessica @ 3:48 pm
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.
- 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 14, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Jessica @ 2:15 pm
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 13, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Jessica @ 12:35 pm
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 11, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: Best in Class, CBC Toronto, Daily Bread Food Bank — Jessica @ 1:11 pm
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.
- 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 10, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: Best in Class, Daily Bread Food Bank, Maple Lodge Farms — Sarah @ 9:38 am
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
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.
- 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 9, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: Best in Class, Corporate Volunteer Award, Daily Bread Food Bank, TD Bank Group, Toronto food banks — Sarah @ 2:56 pm
Congratulations to TD Bank Group for winning this year’s Corporate Volunteer Award. TD Bank Group sorted over 130,000 pounds of food in Daily Bread’s warehouse and contributed over 1,700 volunteer hours.
Ghazala Parvez, Daily Bread Board Member; Lawrence Paquin, Small Business Advisor at TD Canada Trust; Gail Nyberg, Executive Director
Daily Bread’s food sorting model is built on volunteer labour, which means corporate volunteer groups are critical to our success in getting food out to those who need it most.
The Corporate Group Volunteer Award recognizes the contributions of companies and their employees who lead by example by donating hundreds and sometimes even thousands of hours of their time and their valuable skills – volunteering on-site at Daily Bread’s warehouse or at member agencies; participating in special events and in some cases sharing their technical expertise.
- Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.
- Sorted over 37,000 lbs and contributed almost 400 volunteer hours
- PwC Canada
- Sorted over 100,000 lbs and contributed over 900 volunteer hours
- Rogers Communications
- Sorted 132,000 lbs and contributed over 1,200 volunteer hours
For a full list of winners from Daily Bread’s Best in Class event, click here.
Photo Caption – Lawrence Paquin, Small Business Advisor at TD Canada Trust
Date Added: April 27, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Jessica @ 11:26 am
The film The Starfish Throwers which Daily Bread is co-presenting at this years Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival premieres this Saturday, April 26th at 3:30 at Hart House!
The film explores the stories of how three compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless. View the trailer.
THE STARFISH THROWERS // Project Teaser #1 from Jesse Roesler on Vimeo.
Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a retired school teacher and a young girl discover how their small efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. Award-winning Indian chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Mr. Law battles personal health issues as he hand delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry. This inspiring and heartwarming documentary tells the tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and prove the doubters wrong.
The festival runs from April 24 to May 4.
Hart House Theatre – Sat, Apr 26 3:30 PM
Date Added: April 14, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,Fundraising Events,News — Anita @ 3:06 pm
If you are part of an organization this is the perfect team building event for you!
On June 5th 24 corporate teams will battle to win the Food Sort Challenge title! This event is a fast paced event where team of 10 members race agaisnt the clock to sort the most donated food. Our goal is to raise $60,000 and sort 72,000 pounds of food.
Make your mark against hunger by registering a team right now and show Toronto that your corporate teams cares about fighting hunger!
Registration fee is $1,000 per team. There are TWO shifts to choose from: 9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.
Teams then further their support by raising $1,500 in pledges. All proceeds got to the purchase of most-needed nutritious food to supplement food donations.
Register now – space is limited!
If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
Date Added: April 9, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Blog,Events,News,Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: daniel Mezzolo, Donna Dooher, Emily Richards, Fred Kennedy, Massimo Capra, Maureen Holloway, Michael Bonacini, Saverio Macri, Ultimate Food Challenge — Sarah @ 6:00 am
Daily Bread’s chef competition and fundraiser, the Ultimate Food Challenge is back!
Ultimate Food judge Michael Bonacini
On May 7, three chefs will test their skills in an attempt to create the best dish using ingredients found in a food bank hamper box. Chefs Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen), Saverio Macri (Cibo Wine Bar) and Daniel Mezzolo (Gusto 101) will face off in the ring while judges Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Emily Richards decide the ultimate winner.
Guests will have a chance to vote for their favourite challenge dish as well, and sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen and chef’s signature dishes from their restaurants. An espresso and dessert bar will round off the evening, along with a silent auction, drinks and an outdoor patio.
A culinary competition on the Toronto waterfront, proceeds from the Ultimate Food Challenge will support Daily Bread’s Food Services Training Program and meal programs for low-income children and families.
Tickets are $150 and on sale now! For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ultimatefoodchallenge.com.
Chef Daniel Mezzolo
Donna Dooher (Executive Chef and Owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen)
Saverio Macri (Executive Chef, Cibo Wine Bar)
Daniel Mezzolo (Executive Chef, Gusto 101)
Michael Bonacini (Chef and Partner of restaurant company Oliver and Bonacini)
Massimo Capra (Chef and Co-owner of Mistura and Sopra Upper Lounge)
Emily Richards (Home Economist, Chef and Author)
Judge Emily Richards
Maureen Holloway (Co-host of Q107’s Derringer in the Morning with Maureen Holloway)
Fred Kennedy (Host of 102.1 the Edge’s Fearless Fred afternoon drive show)
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