About Donor Stories

Our donors and supporters are a vital part of our mission. Together we are working towards long-term solutions to food insecurity while helping families keep their cupboards and plates full.

Learn more about some of our diverse team of donors by clicking on a story title below.

Sunpan Modern Home
Sunpan logoSunpan Modern Home has been a loyal supporter of Daily Bread for more than a decade, and it all began when Sundeep Bagga, Sunpan’s President, made a promise to carry on his family tradition.

“This really started with my father – he made me promise that when I took over the company I would continue donating if the company could afford it,” he said. “So far so good. It’s a great cause, especially because it is benefiting people here locally. Sunpan comes from very, very humble beginnings and part of our success as a company has been in paying things forward.”

Committed to giving back to the community and our neighbours who need it most, Sunpan has helped provide 200,000 meals to individuals and families living in poverty in Toronto – what an incredible impact!



Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of America Merrill LynchThis year Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Daily Bread are marking 20 years of working together to help Torontonians in need.

“Addressing issues such as basic needs and hunger is fundamentally important in our communities, which is why partnering with Daily Bread was the natural choice for us”, shares Gaylen Duncan, Country Operating Officer (Canada) of BAML. “Life circumstances can change without warning, and what Daily Bread does is vital to help people move from tough times into a better future.”

Over two decades, BAML have generously supported Daily Bread through their foundation – providing over 300,000 meals in the process – and have committed to giving time as regular volunteers in our warehouse facility, including every American Thanksgiving.

“This tradition has become one of our favourite times of the year here at Daily Bread”, says Pam Bastedo, Manager of Corporate Partnerships. “We know we can always count on their help and their high level of energy and enthusiasm. They are exceptional partners.”



Chary Produce
The Chary family moved from the Ukraine in 1912 and began farming in the 1930s, growing everything from apples to zucchini on their farm in Oakland Ontario. Decades later, in the late 1980s, Chary Produce was founded and has been steadily expanding over the years.

Since connecting with Daily Bread’s Farm to Food Bank program in 2017, Chary Produce have donated over 20,000 pounds of produce, feeling grateful for the opportunity to provide fresh food to people in need.

“I was very excited to learn about the Farm to Food Bank program with Daily Bread. The idea of supplying fresh produce to an organization known for helping so many people, while also fostering a closer connection between city and country to show the bounty available right here in our own backyard is so satisfying”, shares Miriam Worley of Chary Produce. “We look forward to growing this partnership.”

Chary Produce farm photo



Dominion Farm Produce
Dominion Farm logoDominion Farm Produce, one of Daily Bread’s largest produce donors, has been supporting the food bank – and the thousands of people who depend on it – for more than a decade. Each week they deliver ‘seconds’ of carrots, onions, parsnips and beets – perfectly healthy produce that can’t be sold because it doesn’t qualify as Canada No. 1 grade. And since partnering with Daily Bread, Dominion Farm Produce has donated more than 2 million pounds of fresh, nutritious produce – and counting.

Tony Tomizza runs the family farm – a second generation farmer who took over for Nino, his father, when he retired in 2006. Tony is happy to carry on the tradition set by his father of giving back to the community.

“Donating seconds is better than composting un-sellable, but perfectly edible produce’’, says Tony. “It’s a win-win partnership.”

Each week Daily Bread can to depend on Dominion Farms for regular donations, allowing people across the city to access fresh produce at their neighbourhood food bank and meal program.



Lawrence Schafer
Lawrence Schafer'Remembering Lawrence Schafer (1940 – 2018)

Daily Bread recognizes the lasting legacy of Lawrence Schafer, a committed supporter for over 20 years.

Lawrence had a long career in the arts, creating stage designs for regional Canadian theatres and teaching Art History at the University of Toronto for 11 years. Believing it was important to give back to the community, he formed the Lawrence Schafer Foundation.

“He had a very big heart and cared about those less fortunate,” shares his family, “he shared his love of life with everyone near him.”

At Daily Bread, we are incredibly grateful for Lawrence’s commitment to making Toronto a better place for everyone.



The Pace Family Foundation
Pace Family FoundationAl Pace and his family have been proud supporters of Daily Bread for more than 10 years.

For Al, supporting those in need in his community is simply the right thing to do.

“We connected with Daily Bread because it is possibly the most direct and tangible way to support those in need in our community”, Al shares, “a lot of these folks have no alternatives and without the food bank they would go hungry which is not acceptable in our society. We can and should be sure that people do not go hungry so they can live to their potential and be happy in their lives.”

The Pace Family Foundation was founded in 2007 and has been involved in a number of projects related to poverty, education and health in Canada and in parts of Africa.

Daily Bread is grateful for the Pace Family Foundation’s committed support in alleviating hunger in Toronto.



Cancer Care Ontario
Cancer Care Ontario logoJoining Daily Bread as a community partner in 2016, Cancer Care Ontario employees have gone above and beyond in their efforts to ensure thousands of people in Toronto can continue to rely on their neighbourhood food program.

Throughout the year, hundreds of employees volunteer their time and raise food and funds, rolling up their sleeves to sort food, collecting donations at subway stations or hosting an online charity auction fundraiser.

By mobilizing their staff through the CCO Cares initiative, Cancer Care Ontario has raised more than $40,000 and 3,000 pounds to date.

“CCO employees have embraced a giving culture” says Chris Mulford of Cancer Care Ontario, “we are proud to work with Daily Bread and truly value our partnership with them.”