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Purolator Red Bag Campaign Volunteers

September 16, 2020

We are currently still recruiting volunteers for Saturday, September 19 in the Danforth/Riverdale area.

To register, please click here.

To watch the volunteer orientation presentation, click here.

What is Purolator Tackle Hunger?
In 2003, Purolator employees decided to take action by creating Purolator Tackle Hunger – an initiative that’s all about people helping people. Since then, this employee-lead grassroots initiative has helped deliver more than 13 million pounds of food to families across the country.

What is the Toronto Red Bag Campaign?
It is a porch-side food drive! In 2019, our long-time partners at Purolator supported Daily Bread’s mission with the first ever Toronto Red Bag campaign, as part of their larger Tackle Hunger initiative to benefit Daily Bread Food Bank.

How does it work?
Volunteers deliver Purolator Red Bags to homes in three neighbourhoods the Danforth, Annex and Roncesvalles. Residents are asked to fill the bag with nutritious, non-perishable items. Bags are left at the front door and picked up by volunteer Purolator drivers/Daily Bread Volunteers and delivered to Daily Bread. Last year (2019) Residents came through and in just a few short days raised a total of 6,474 lbs of food!

How will Daily Bread Volunteers Participate?
Our volunteers will help Purolator’s volunteer drivers distribute and pick up of the Red Bags, with a few volunteers assigned to Daily Bread’s warehouse to help off load the Red Bags. This activity is open to all 11 yrs and up. Volunteers 11 to 14 years old must participate with a supervising adult.

When does it take place?
This event takes place over 2 days.

  • September 19 (Distribution Day)
  • September 26 (Bag Pick Up Day).

We are looking for 35-45 Volunteers for each day.
Both days will involve a lot of walking including some porch steps (we will not be distributing in high rises). Bag Pick Up Day will involve repetitive lifting and carrying of the filled Red Bags weighing an estimated 5-10lbs.

Will this activity be eligible for High School or other Community Volunteering hours?
Yes. The best way to ensure that your hours are being tracked and acknowledged by Daily Bread Food Bank is to register at www.dailybread.volunteerhub.com – choose Special Events. Youth 11-17 must bring their minor waiver forms with them the day of in order to participate.

How long will Volunteers be needed each day?
Purolator hopes to be able to distribute approximately 10,000+ Red Bags across the 3 neighbourhoods on Sept 19 as well as picking up the all the Red Bags the following Saturday Sept 26, so we’re asking Volunteers to please commit to an 8:30am-4pm shift on Sat Sept 19 and 9:30am – 4pm on Saturday Sept 26. Although it may happen that we finish earlier than planned. There will be time allocated for lunch if needed.

What steps are being taken to protect Volunteers?
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be supplied to all personnel working on this project. Volunteers will be asked to remain withing 2 metres (6 feet) of others at all times unless working with those within your social bubble.

This project will NOT be accommodating apartment buildings. Volunteers will not be entering any homes or riding in vehicles with anyone outside their social bubble.

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