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Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual Who’s Hungry report is out now!

The 2016 Who’s Hungry report is officially available to the public. The report, discusses the persistent issue of hunger and poverty within Toronto. The trend of client visits shifting from city core to inner suburbs continues unabated. Rising food prices, expensive housing and lack of income means Toronto is an increasingly difficult place to live.

Despite these challenges, Daily Bread continues to be a major source of a basic necessity – food – to help people struggling with poverty, and the resulting hunger that poverty causes. Your continued donations, support as well as cohesive efforts from the municipal, provincial and federal government is needed to address this issue effectively.

Find out more here:

Date Added: September 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual Who’s Hungry report is out now! | Filed under: Blog,Events,In the News,Information,News,Policy,Research,Who's Hungry Report — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 2:01 pm

Canstruction Toronto

Toronto’s design community gives back!

Diamond Schmitt Blackwell

Diamond Schmitt Blackwell

Since 1999, Canstruction Toronto has been uniting the local design community in a unique fundraiser that gives back to people struggling with hunger: a canned sculptures competition.

These ‘Canstructures’ are feats of creativity and ingenuity, and a panel of judges award teams in categories such as ‘Best Use of Labels’ and ‘Best Meal’, which looks not only at the design, but also what kind of food is being used to make it.

22 Canstructures and 63,000 pounds of food

This year’s Canstruction raised over 63,000 pounds of food for Daily Bread Food Bank.

“We’re thrilled to receive such high-quality donations of some of our most-needed food items. It is especially important at a time when we’re seeing sudden increases in client visits this spring, combined with lower donations, said Richard Matern, Daily Bread’s senior manager of research.

“Twenty-two structures were built, but we are down to twenty-one and in mourning for a structure that didn’t make it,” announced Canstruction co-chair Helen Kabriel, at Tuesday’s awards ceremony. “But the food survived, and that’s the most important part.”

Visit TD Centre this week

Rebanks Pepper Littlewoods Architect Inc - Strike Out Hunger

Rebanks Pepper Littlewoods Architect Inc – Strike Out Hunger

Until Friday, you can head down to the TD Centre and see the Canstructures for free. On Saturday, the constructions will be deconstructed, and all the tuna, peanut butter and canned fruits and vegetables that make up a smiling Buddha, emoji, tea cup and a robot will be distributed through the hundreds of food programs across Toronto that Daily Bread supports.

Vote for the People’s Choice Award!

There is also one more award Canstruction Toronto needs to give out, and they need your help to award it. From now until June 2, go to vote by ‘liking’ your favourite Canstructure picture on Facebook through the Canstruction Toronto page.


Quadrangle - Winner of Best Meal

Quadrangle – Winner of Best Meal

Best Meal winner, up close!

Best Meal Winner, up close!

Entuitive with PCL Constructors and Parkin Architects. Winner of Best Use of Labels

Entuitive with PCL Constructors and Parkin Architects – Winner of Best Use of Labels

GM BluePlan Engineering Limited - Winner of Juror's Favourite

GM BluePlan Engineering Limited – Winner of Juror’s Favourite




Date Added: May 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Canstruction Toronto | Filed under: Blog,Canstruction,Events,Fundraising Events,News — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 1:52 pm

Sort What You CAN and Join the Food Sort Challenge on June 15, 2016!

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Sponsored By:

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.


  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Sandra at

Date Added: February 9, 2016 | Comments Off on Sort What You CAN and Join the Food Sort Challenge on June 15, 2016! | Filed under: Blog,Events,News,Volunteer — Tags: — Adam Paralovos @ 10:19 am

Thank you for supporting Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive!

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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: January 5, 2016 | Comments Off on Thank you for supporting Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive! | Filed under: Blog,Events,Holiday Drive,News — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 10:06 am

Media Advisory: Dec 28 & 29 Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts

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


The fastest, easiest way to make a financial donation is online at 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


For more information:

Sarah Anderson Austin
Senior Manager, Communications
T: 416-203-0050 ext. 238 C: 416-450-2196

Date Added: December 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Media Advisory: Dec 28 & 29 Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 2:37 pm

You’re invited! Breakfast Television’s Spirit of the Season

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 17, 2015 | Comments Off on You’re invited! Breakfast Television’s Spirit of the Season | Filed under: Blog,Events,Fundraising Events,News — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 3:08 pm

Holiday Events

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: December 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Holiday Events | Filed under: Blog,Events,Fundraising Events,Holiday Drive,News — Anderson @ 3:44 pm

TTC Challenge

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
TTC CHALLENGE - 2015 - WEB BANNER 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 to book your spot today!

Date Added: November 16, 2015 | Comments Off on TTC Challenge | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 3:35 pm

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 on Bring a non-perishable food donation to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 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 on 10th Annual Trivia Challenge | Filed under: Blog,Events,News — Tags: , , , — Jessica @ 4:12 pm

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