Contact Us | 416-203-0050 | Facebook Twitter Facebook RSS
Join the fight against hunger!

Volunteer Opportunities

From Public Food Sorting Days during our annual drives, to coming in when you have some extra time to dedicate to volunteering, many opportunities exist to help Daily Bread support its member agencies and clients. All volunteers must be scheduled in advance so please take a look at our current and on-going volunteer opportunities and get in touch!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Daily Bread Food Bank is opening its doors to high school student volunteers during the Summer Holidays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August, high school students age 15 and up* are invited to come in to volunteer during our regular business hours. Students will have the opportunity to help sort food donations, assist in our community garden and perform clerical tasks such as filing, cleaning, mailing, organizing, all while completing their required 40 hours of community service. Advanced sign up is mandatory.

NEW! Are you looking for more meaningful ways of getting involved? Would you like to gain work experience, learn new skills and earn more community service hours? Apply for a Take Action Project Internship! If you would like to work one-on-one with staff on specific independent projects, please see Take Action Project Summer 2014 Internships.

– See more at:

Order Picker

Our largest program is the distribution of food from our warehouse to member agencies that offer programs to provide food to those in need. Enjoy a fast-paced, independent work environment where you use your accuracy and attention to detail to deliver the difference to our member agencies. The Order Picker is responsible for filling agency orders in a manner that meets company standards for safety, security and productivity. You are responsible for receiving pick tickets from the Order Desk department, reading order completely and picking merchandise accurately. You must be able to lift heavy objects (up to 50 lbs).

Note: This position requires a three-month commitment. No evening or weekend shifts available.

To apply for this position, fill out our Volunteer Inquiry Form with Order Picker (33A) in the ‘Requested Position’ box.

Table Captain

Operating in front-line support to Daily Bread’s operations, the Table Captain helps oversee groups of volunteers required to sort donations of food and household products. You will be responsible for providing guidance to volunteers regarding quality control of food product as well as ensuring workstations contain appropriate signage, boxes and labels. You must have good leadership qualities, be a good communicator and listener, and be able to problem solve with a customer focus. Previous volunteer experience in production/distribution/materials handling is an asset.

Note: This position requires a three-month commitment. No evening or weekend shifts available.

To apply for this position, please email your resume to with the subject line Table Captain (34M).


Receptionists serve as Daily Bread ambassadors and as an important resource for food bank clients. The Receptionist volunteers in a fast-paced environment to provide front-line support to the daily operations of Daily Bread Food Bank. This position serves visitors by greeting, welcoming and directing them appropriately, notifies staff of visitor arrivals and helps to maintain security and telecommunications systems. You must have excellent telephone skills, listening skills and a speak English fluently. You are a team player who is organized and able to multi-task. Knowledge of the GTA and an ability to read maps is essential. Proficiency in languages other than English and in basic computer applications are additional assets.

Note: This position requires a three-month commitment. No evening or weekend shifts available.

To apply for this position, please email your resume to with the subject line: Receptionist (14A).

Frontline Food & Support Worker Positions

Interested in working to provide food and other support to the growing number of people using our food banks and/or accessing our member agency food programs? Would you like to build skills in providing information, referral and other supports while increasing your own awareness of community resources and empowering community members in their own self-advocacy efforts? Do you have current or past experience using food banks and/or living on a low-income, experience in social service or community work, or an interest in gaining work experience in these and related fields?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we may have a volunteer position for you!

Positions are available at the New Toronto Street Food Bank, and/or the Information & Referral Centre @ Daily Bread.

Food Distribution Worker

Intake Support Worker

I&R Support Worker

If you are interested in any of the volunteer positions above, please email us at Please attach a resume and include a brief outline of your interest, skills and the personal qualities that you bring to the position(s), as well as your availability and contact information. Please include Frontline (or Food and Support) in the subject line.

On-Going Volunteer Opportunities

Groups – Schools/Youth/Special Needs
Daily Bread offers exciting hands-on educational workshops at our New Toronto Street location. Our workshops include a tour of the facilities and hit on a number of topics relating to food bank use and creating social change. Workshops assist youth and young adults in understanding causes of poverty and how they relate to our community. As part of these opportunities, a volunteering component can be added so that youth put new knowledge to action immediately.
For more information, please email with Groups – Schools/Youth/Special Needs in the subject line.

If you are a high school student looking to volunteer as an individual to fulfill your volunteer requirement hours (instead of with a school group), please contact with High School Volunteer Requirement in the subject line.

Corporate Groups
Corporate groups often come in for volunteer experiences between Monday and Friday. These experiences provide great team building for work colleagues. We ask that all groups pre-book their visit. Shift options are morning (9:30 am – 1 pm), afternoon (1-4 pm), or full-day (9:30 am – 4 pm).
For more information, please contact with Corporate Groups in the subject line.

Community Groups
Other groups of adults often come in for volunteer experiences between Monday and Friday. As with corporate groups, we ask that all groups sign up for a morning (9:30 am – 1 pm), afternoon (1-4 pm), or full-day (9:30 am – 4 pm) shift. All volunteers must be scheduled in advance.
For more information, please contact with Community Groups in the subject line.