Daily Bread | COVID19 Announcements

A letter from Daily Bread Food Bank's CEO

March 13, 2020

At Daily Bread Food Bank, our priority is the well-being of those who are food insecure, volunteers, supporters, and our staff. We are committed to being proactive and responsible in responding to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

We are strictly adhering to recommendations shared by Toronto Public Health experts, continuously evaluating and assessing procedures, and informing our stakeholders as needed.

In addition, we are taking the following precautionary steps:

  • Limiting and monitoring entry points at 191 New Toronto Street. All visitors and staff must enter through our Welcome Centre where there will be signage in place to encourage hand-washing immediately upon entry. Hand sanitizer dispensers will also be available throughout the building.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures across all public areas. Regular disinfecting of high-traffic and frequently touched surfaces.
  • Visible signage throughout the building reminding people of preventative best practices such as regular handwashing, avoiding touching face (specifically eyes/nose/mouth), maintaining social distancing where possible and avoiding hand-shaking.
  • Provide additional food sorting space to decrease the number of volunteers grouped together during a shift. The use of rubber gloves will be enforced while handling food.
  • Ensuring access to mental health information as this is a time when clients, staff and volunteers may experience high anxiety and stress levels.

The Leadership Team is also developing next stage operational changes that could be implemented in this evolving situation.  Each of those stages of change is designed to fulfill our obligation to support those most vulnerable while balancing our duty of care to those implementing the mission.

At this time, all of our programs and volunteer shifts are running as scheduled. Please visit dailybread.ca/covid19 for updates on programming.

If you are a volunteer and concerned about your shift, please contact our Volunteer Services team at 416-203-0050 x259.

During this time of uncertainty, we would like to thank you for your faithful support as we do everything possible towards the goal of providing uninterrupted service to those experiencing poverty. This is a challenge that we will rise to, only with your support.

In partnership,

Neil Hetherington
CEO, Daily Bread Food Bank

Monetary Donations

You can support our ongoing efforts in providing food to those who need it most during this challenging time.


Online Food Donations

Order online from your favourite grocery store and have items delivered directly to our warehouse:
191 New Toronto Street, Toronto, ON, M8V 2E7.

Drop-off Food Donations

You can drop off non-perishable food donations at any fire hall in the city.

Click here for a list of our most needed items.

Online Fundraising

You can run an online fundraiser in support of Daily Bread. It’s easy and you can do it while #stayinghome
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Questions? Click here for a list of FAQs.

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