We’re at $1,092,000 and 208,000 pounds of food raised. The Holiday Drive ends December 31 and our goals are $2.5 million and 1 million pounds of food.
You can donate online by clicking here, or drop off donations of non-perishable food to your local fire hall, Loblaws, no frills, Valu-Mart or Real Canadian Superstore. Although the Loblaws Holiday Food Drive ends December 24, Toronto-area stores will be keeping donation bins available until the end of our drive on December 31!
Our Executive Director, Gail Nyberg, was on Global News at Noon today to talk about what kind of food donations we’re looking for and why it’s so important to donate.
Until December 18, friendly Daily Bread staff and volunteers will be at TTC stations during your morning and afternoon commute asking for donations to Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive. Please give generously!
From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. as well as 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., we’ll be shaking our donation cans at St. George, Queen’s Park, Bloor, Yonge, Dundas and King subway stations.
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Volunteer of the Year winner Wayne Kew, with Daily Bread’s Manager of Volunteer Services, Alisha Coroa.
On December 11, Daily Bread Food Bank threw its annual Volunteer Bash. We rely on our regular volunteers who come in every week and give up hundreds of hours of their time to help us sort through food donations, pick orders for member agency food banks, help out in the kitchen, take calls at reception, welcome and register other volunteers and assist with programs such as our onsite food bank. This is our way of thanking them and telling them how much they mean to us!
At this event, we also award our Volunteer of the Year. Nominated and chosen by staff, the award goes to a volunteer who has gone above and beyond to give back. This year, the award goes to Wayne Kew who has been volunteering with Daily Bread since 2008.
“We have hundreds of people in the South Etobicoke community who rely on the New Toronto Street Food Bank. And we rely on our volunteers to help make it work. Wayne is an integral part of the New Toronto Street Food Bank team. He is hard worker and always reliable,” says Charles Jergl, the Agency Relations Manager at Daily Bread.
Thank you to Escoffier Society of Toronto for providing volunteers to prepare dinner and Gordon Food Services for donating all the food for the dinner as well as staff to help serve.
Thanks also to Maple Leaf Foods for donating turkeys for the dinner as well to hand out at the end of the night to our volunteers.
Daily Bread’s executive director, Gail Nyberg, speaks with Here and Now host Gill Deacon.
CBC Toronto’s annual Sounds of the Season kicked off on December 5 with a day-long event. Special musical guests, CBC personalities and live broadcasts of shows such as Metro Morning and Here and Now made for an exciting day, with over $370,000 raised so far. A huge thank you to BMO Financial Group, RBC Foundation, CIBC, TD Bank Group, Manulife Financial and Scotiabank who each donated $20,000. Campbell Canada also donated 40,000 cans of soup!
Often called food banks, the Sounds of the Season event raises money for local food distribution hubs in the GTA that provide food and support to hundreds of community agencies running a variety of programs that are responding to their neighbourhood’s unique needs. Daily Bread Food Bank provides food for over 140 community agencies running hundreds of food programs for thousands of families – from food banks to community kitchens, meal programs to cooking classes.
It’s an annual tradition in a brand new location. The BT Christmas Tree Sale is moving to Yorkdale Shopping Centre! Come join the Breakfast Television hosts as they sell Christmas trees in support of Daily Bread. Make a minimum donation of ten dollars and walk away with a Christmas tree. It’s your chance to get in the holiday spirit…and put food on the tables of families in need. The BT Christmas Tree sale starts at 5:30AM in the Southwest lot of Yorkdale Shopping Centre (near Joey’s).
We need people to help us load trees sold into customers vehicles. If you have your own vehicle and can commit to an early morning and some heavy lifting please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-203-0050 x241.
Date: December 11th, 2014
Where: Southwest lot of Yorkdale Shopping Centre (near Joey’s).
Time:4:50 am – 9:15 am. (be ready to help at 5 am)
In September 2014, over 895,000 Ontarians, or approximately 6.5 per cent of the population, were receiving social assistance. However, the month of September also marks for the first time in recent memory that the majority of those individuals were receiving the disability portion of social assistance – known in Ontario as the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Food banks across the GTA are seeing similar trends to that of provincial social assistance caseloads. The latest Who’s Hungry survey noted a steady increase in people receiving ODSP coming to food banks: in 2005 it was 17 per cent of respondents, whereas in 2014 it is nearly 30 per cent. Living with incomes that have fallen far behind the rate of inflation, people with disabilities receiving ODSP are requiring food banks in greater numbers.
Provincial social assistance is the main source of income for the majority of people accessing food banks in the GTA
There are two income programs within social assistance in Ontario. ODSP is intended for people who have a long- or short-term disability or serious illness and are not likely to be able to work full time. The other program within social assistance – Ontario Works – is meant to provide a temporary means of income for those who are out of work and looking for employment, and have no other source of income. Neither program provides amounts that are sufficient to cover basic necessities nor are they indexed to inflation. This is why food banks across the GTA are more likely to be needed by people receiving social assistance: according to the latest Who’s Hungry report, 65 per cent of respondents receive social assistance as their main source of income.
For the first time, there are more people receiving ODSP than Ontario Works
The latest numbers from the Ministry of Community and Social Services show that the number of people receiving ODSP is now 448,515, surpassing the number of people receiving Ontario Works for the first time since the two programs were created in the mid-nineties. The number of people receiving Ontario Works has decreased by over seven per cent from July 2011, where it had reached its post recessionary peak of nearly 483,000 individuals. The same period has seen a 12 per cent increase of people receiving ODSP.
Social policy expert John Stapleton predicted a year and a half ago that it wouldn’t be long before the number of individual people receiving ODSP would exceed that of Ontario Works. In his paper “The Welfarization of Disability Incomes in Ontario”, it was shown that social assistance is increasingly becoming the only means of income support available to people with disabilities in Ontario.
If this trend continues with more people relying on provincial disability programs, more may be vulnerable to poverty and hunger.
Fighting hunger = transforming the system
About 20 years ago the largest demographic group receiving social assistance were lone parent households; now it is those with long term disabilities. Through child tax benefits and other policy levers, single parents represent a smaller portion of social assistance caseloads than before. A similar approach needs to be developed for people with disabilities, as well as single person households.
The recent review of social assistance in Ontario, the outcome of which was the report “Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario”, made some key recommendations in order to help transform the system. As the province moves forward with their next Poverty Reduction Strategy, implementing these recommendations, especially as they apply to people with disabilities and single people, will be important steps that can help reverse the current trends that make people vulnerable to poverty and hunger.
For many people coming to a food bank for the first time, it’s because of an unexpected crisis – a disability, sudden illness or a job loss. It’s a single mom who can’t make ends meet. It’s your neighbours who are working multiple part-time jobs but still can’t get enough hours to make ends meet. It’s parents who are struggling to pay the rent and put food on the table; waiting years on Ontario’s affordable housing list along with over 165,000 other households.
Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive starts today, with goals of $2.5 million and a million pounds of food.
The money and food that is raised during the Holiday Drive helps Daily Bread provide food for over 200 programs and thousands of people who are struggling with hunger in Toronto over the winter months.
From food banks and community food centres to women’s shelters, drop-in programs or hostels, many of our member agencies are doing far more than providing food. Most are multi-service agencies that run innovative programs supporting and empowering people on low incomes all while advocating for long-term solutions to poverty. But people can’t wait for those solutions on an empty stomach, which is why in addition to working towards solutions, Daily Bread also collects and distributes millions of pounds of food for over 58,000 food hampers every month.
Most needed food items include: pasta, dried/canned beans or lentils, rice, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned fish/meat, oatmeal, baby formula/cereal and food as well as high fibre/low sugar cereal. Food donations can be dropped off at any local fire hall or participating grocery store.
Financial donations can be made easily and securely online at www.dailybread.ca or by mailing a cheque to Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto St., Toronto, Ontario, M8V2E7. Every dollar donated means Daily Bread can provide $5 worth of food.
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 including a community garden, food services training program and an information and referral services program that trains member agencies to support food bank clients by connecting them to community resources.