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Volunteering at Daily Bread

What does a Daily Bread volunteer do?
Lots of things! Take a look at what volunteer opportunities are currently available on our Volunteer Opportunities page. We have volunteer options for both individuals and groups. There are many different ways to volunteer, so please take some time to read through what is available and fill out our online Volunteer Inquiry Form. Please note, this does not guarantee you a volunteer position. After receiving your form, a member of our volunteer department will be in touch with you to arrange a time to come down to 191 New Toronto Street to fill out an application and pre-schedule shifts, depending on the volunteer position you are applying for.  Most volunteer opportunities available at Daily Bread are onsite at our warehouse located in South Etobicoke, during the weekday (Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Most volunteer opportunities are considered light to medium labour. With advance notice, we can also find opportunities for those who have special needs.

You can also consider volunteering your time by running a food drive for Daily Bread, or hosting a community fundraising event.

Do you have any weeknight or weekend volunteer opportunities?
Unfortunately, we only have a limited number of volunteer opportunities outside our regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m.).

If our regular volunteer hours don’t fit your schedule, our Public Food Sorting events might be a good option. We hold Public Food Sorting events on holiday weekends during our three major fundraising drives (Thanksgiving, Holiday and Spring), where we ask the community to come in and help us sort through food donations.

You can find out more about our upcoming Public Food Sort Days by clicking here.

Any evening and weekend opportunities will also be posted on our Volunteer Opportunities page, so check back often.

Do I have to schedule a time to come in and volunteer, or can I just stop by when I have time?
All volunteers (individuals and groups) must be scheduled in advance. No walk-ins are allowed.

Becoming a regular volunteer

What is a regular volunteer?
There are several individual volunteer opportunities available at Daily Bread and a limited number of regular weekday volunteer shifts available. Volunteer roles include:

  • Food sorting: sorting food donations into different categories and palletizing them
  • Order picking: preparing the weekly food orders for our member agencies
  • Reclamation food sorting: sorting damaged product into special categories and palletizing
  • Bulk food processing: re-packaging bulk food items like beans and rice
  • Administrative work: data entry, mail preparation, conducting surveys and preparing materials for special events

These roles are considered light to medium labour. With advance notice, we can also find opportunities for those who have special needs.

How do I become a regular volunteer?
After you have read through the current volunteer opportunities, get in touch with us by filling in our online Volunteer Inquiry form. You will be asked to come in person to our location at 191 New Toronto Street to complete a Volunteer Application and pre-schedule shifts (depending on availability). After your initial pre-scheduling of shifts, you will be able to register for new volunteer shifts for the following month on the 15th of each month. For instance, for July shifts, you would start registering at our Welcome Centre on June 15.

What are the regular Daily Bread volunteering hours?
Volunteer shifts for food sorting, warehouse and in the kitchen are half-day shifts, Monday to Friday, from either 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There are also full-day shifts from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. available.

If you are scheduled for a shift, please remember to show up 30 minutes before your scheduled shifts starts, in order to sign in at the Welcome Centre (9 a.m. if your shift starts at 9:30, or 12:30 p.m. if it starts at 1).

Daily Bread’s Welcome Centre is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

There are a limited number of weekend and evening opportunities available, primarily for special events or projects. Please note that Daily Bread is closed on weekends and public holidays, except for our Public Food Sorts.

Group volunteering: Community, Youth, School or Corporate Groups

Can I bring a group?
We welcome corporate teams, office groups, schools, service organizations, alumni groups, associations, fraternities, sororities and religious organizations. Our volunteer projects can accommodate groups of various sizes and can provide excellent team-building opportunities. Groups must schedule in advance.

For more information:

Corporate and community groups should email volunteer@dailybread.ca.

Schools, youth and other educational groups, click here to fill out the Youth Volunteer Inquiry Form, or email learn@dailybread.ca.

How big a group can I bring?
We can accommodate groups of 4 to 30 people.

Occasionally, we may be able to accommodate larger group requests. Please contact our volunteer department for more information at volunteer@dailybread.ca.

Children and Youth Volunteers

Can children volunteer at Daily Bread?

Children under 8 years of age
Due to health and safety regulations, children under eight years of age are not permitted to volunteer at Daily Bread Food Bank.

However, Daily Bread is able to organise a tour of the warehouse, provided that the children who come in are accompanied by an adult (minimum of one adult for every six children). Although Daily Bread would like to meet all tour requests, tours depend upon staff availability. If you are interested in arranging a tour for children, please email learn@dailybread.ca.

Please note that all tours must be scheduled in advance.

Children 14 years of age and under
Any individual aged 14 and under who wants to volunteer at Daily Bread outside of a school, youth or community group, must be accompanied by an adult (minimum one adult for every six children). They must also bring a Daily Bread Food Bank Parent/Guardian Permission and Waiver Form for Minors signed by a parent or guardian.

Minors under 18 years of age
Any individual under the age of 18 wishing to come to Daily Bread Food Bank to volunteer independently of a school, youth or community group must bring with them a Daily Bread Food Bank Parent/Guardian Permission and Waiver Form for Minors signed by a parent or guardian.

School, youth and community groups (under 18 years of age)
Groups made up of students/youth under the age of 18 and interested in volunteering may do so subject to availability. Each person under the age of 18 must bring a Daily Bread Food Bank Parent/Guardian Permission and Waiver Form for Minors signed by a parent or guardian. Groups must come in accompanied by adults (minimum one adult for every ten children).

Please note that all volunteer opportunities and visits/tours must be scheduled in advance.

You can find out more about our Youth Program by clicking here.

What do chaperones, parents or guardians with youth do?
We ask chaperones, parents or guardians who come in with children and youth to help youth volunteers complete the assigned volunteer task. Chaperones are responsible for the youth(s) they are accompanying.

Can I complete community service hours required by school or my religious organization at Daily Bread?
Absolutely! Please be sure to schedule your volunteer hours in advance with us by filling in our  Youth Volunteer Inquiry Form.

I/my group is coming in to volunteer! What do I need to know?

What should I wear?
The dress code at Daily Bread is casual and comfortable. Please remember that Daily Bread is a working warehouse.

Shoes must be close-toed; sneakers, work shoes or boots are ideal. No heels, open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted in the warehouse. The warehouse is not temperature-controlled, so layers are a good idea. It gets cold in the winter, and hot in the summer!

Please leave purses, jewellery and other valuables at home. Daily Bread is not responsible for any missing personal belongings.

What if I have food allergies?
Unfortunately, Daily Bread is not an allergen-free environment. Please let us know of any allergies we should be aware of when you register to volunteer with us.

What will I be doing?
Unless it is a special project, if you are coming in with a group, you will most likely be sorting food donations or repackaging bulk food items like rice, beans and vegetables in to smaller bags.

Where is Daily Bread located?
We are located at 191 New Toronto Street, in South Etobicoke.

Click here for TTC and driving directions.