Thanksgiving is on its way. Here at Daily Bread Food Bank we are looking forward to this moment of peace and reflection after a long, difficult year. In spite of the challenges we’ve faced, we have much to be thankful for.
We are especially grateful for the steadfast support of our generous donors. In spite of your own challenges, you stood by our most vulnerable neighbours and made sure that no one went hungry during a crisis like we’ve never experienced before. Thank you!
This Thanksgiving your gift to fight hunger will be matched—dollar for dollar—by a local Toronto family foundation. That’s great news because for many families, like Luis’, the need has never been greater.
Luis works hard to provide for his family. But when COVID-19 hit, construction projects ground to a halt. Luis was laid off. One missed paycheque was all it took before he faced a terrible choice: buy groceries for his family or pay the rent.
Luis’ family is one of the thousands facing hunger for the first time since the pandemic first swept through Toronto. First-time food bank visits have skyrocketed more than 200%.
To meet this extraordinary growth in need, we’ve set an ambitious goal of raising over $1.9 million and collecting over 272,000 lbs of non-perishable food during our Thanksgiving campaign.
Here at Daily Bread Food Bank, Luis’ family got the fresh food they needed to get through this terribly stressful and uncertain time.
“It helped us a lot in bringing food to our family,” Luis says. “Thank you for going that extra mile and helping people on their needs in this difficult time.”
Thankfully, Luis was able to go back to work a few weeks ago. Not every family is so fortunate. The effects of the pandemic—job losses, school closures, isolation, and stress—will be felt in our community for many months to come. And those confronting poverty, homelessness, and hunger stand to lose the most.
Thank you so much for caring and your compassion. Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy Thanksgiving season.