Volunteers are the foundation of Daily Bread Food bank. We simply couldn’t do it without a dedicated and committed volunteer base of regular volunteers, in addition the thousands of people who come in to help sort food. But sorting food is only one piece – volunteers answer our phones, direct people to local food banks, assist people in our New Toronto Street and Allan Gardens food banks, help interview people at food banks during our annual survey and help prepare food in the kitchen. Volunteering also gives us at Daily Bread an opportunity to tell people about what we do here and more importantly, why we’re here and how they can help reduce poverty and fight hunger.
Three times a year, we hold public food sorting events where the community is asked to come in and assist in sorting food donations from the Fall Drive, Holiday Drive and Spring Drive. Almost 1800 people came in last year for our Public Food Sorts.
Since 2011, we have been offering occasional community night shifts to allow individuals and groups who cannot make it during the day, an opportunity to volunteer and find out more about Daily Bread Food Bank. This evening is offered on an as needed basis when we have lots of donated food that needs to be sorted, packed and distributed to member agencies in a short period of time.
Want to volunteer with Daily Bread? Click here to find out more about becoming a volunteer.