Daily Bread if very grateful to all the volunteer groups who came in to enjoy a volunteering experience, as well as all of our amazing individual volunteers who work so hard every day. Here are some of the top organizations that came in during the past year, supporting our efforts to get food to those in need.
Last year, we had over 10,000 volunteers work over 100,000 hours. That’s equivalent to 56 full-time employees working 35 hours per week for the entire year. Volunteers helped sort over four million pounds of food. They also helped answer calls at reception, welcome and register volunteers, work in our community garden, help in the kitchen and assist with our annual food bank client survey. Thank you to each and every volunteer that gave their time to help fight hunger.
Top Ten Corporate Volunteer Groups
Top Ten Student Volunteer Groups
At this year’s annual volunteer Winter Bash, the Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Merle Slater, who has been volunteering for over a year onsite at Daily Bread in the New Toronto Street Food Bank. Daily Bread could not run without the dedication and hard work of thousands of volunteers.
Every year, staff are asked to nominate people for our Volunteer of the Year award, which is presented at the annual Winter Bash to celebrate everything volunteers do for Daily Bread and the community. Each year, it becomes harder and harder to choose just one person to win this award, when there are so many amazing volunteers.
Allison Townsley, who coordinates the onsite food bank and nominated Merle, says that Merle has committed herself to the clients of the New Toronto Street Food Bank in delivering “superior, empathetic service”.
“I also admire the way Merle courageously shares her personal experience with accessing the food bank to us and to the media”, said Allison. “Not many people want to share their story, let alone to a camera and a world of strangers. She gives us a glimpse into the life of someone struggling with food security, who at the same time beautifully masters communication, humility, bravery and grace and I’m so proud of her for winning this award.”
Ten other amazing volunteers were nominated by staff for their dedication. Read more about them here!