Become a Community Champion

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Thank you for taking up our cause as your own! Together, we can work to ensure that everyone’s right to food is realized! 

Nextdoor is on a mission to cultivate kindness and ensure everyone has a neighbourhood they can rely on. We hope you’ll help.

Right now, neighbours from across Toronto are turning to food banks in record numbers. We’re inviting you to lend a helping hand by running a food drive in your neighbourhood.

Sign up below to become a Nextdoor Community Champion and bring your community together by organizing a local food drive.

Our team will provide you with the tools, support, and information – including our Community Champion Toolkit and Spring Basket Activity – to help you organize a safe and contactless food drive.

Looking to raise funds as part of your campaign? Create a personalized fundraising page and invite your friends and family to support you with a monetary donation.

On Saturday, April 3 from 11:00am to 3:00pm, drop off your food donations at Daily Bread’s contactless Spring Drive-Thru event at 191 New Toronto Street.

Have you already run a fundraising drive in support of Daily Bread? Click here to log in.

We hope you will join us as we work together to support our neighbours during this difficult time.

Community Champion FAQ

Why do you need my help right now?

From job losses and evictions, the economic impacts of COVID-19 have yet to be fully realized. And while we have all been affected by the pandemic, our neighbours from historically marginalized communities and those already living in poverty have been hit the hardest.

  • One third of food bank clients in the city are children and youth.
  • During the pandemic there was a 200% increase in new clients accessing food banks in Toronto.
  • Prior to the pandemic there were an average of about 15,000 visits to Daily Bread member food banks per week. By June, that number had climbed to nearly 20,000. Now, food banks are seeing about 25,000 visits each week.
  • If current usage rates continue, Daily Bread is projecting 1.4 million visits to food banks across the city in 2021 – the highest number ever recorded in Toronto’s history.

Click here to read more about the impact of COVID-19 on food insecurity in our city.

I’d like to help, but I don’t know where to start.

We are so grateful. Thank you.

The first step is to let us know that you’d like to be a Nextdoor Champion. Whether you organize a food drive or hold a fundraiser (or both!), the Daily Bread team is here to support you along the way.

Once you’ve indicated your interest, we’ll reach out with additional information and resources to help make sure you have a successful and meaningful campaign.

What kind of food should I collect?

Non-perishable foods that are high in protein and/or pack a nutritional punch are at the top of our list. You may also want to consider foods that reflect cultural and dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free and halal items. Click here to see a list of our ‘most needed’ items.

If you are running a food drive, please consider dropping off your donations at our contactless Spring Dive-Thru Food Drive taking place Saturday, April 3 from 11am to 3pm at the Daily Bread warehouse at 191 New Toronto Street.

Can I get a food collection bin?

We are happy to provide signature Daily Bread-branded bin for larger food drives. These can be picked-up at our warehouse at 191 New Toronto St. between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30, Monday to Friday. The bins are 2’ x 2’ x 4’ and lay flat – easily fitting in the backseat of a standard car.

Will Daily Bread pick up the food I’ve collected?

Due to COVID-19, Daily Bread has suspended pick-ups of food donation bins with the exception of those at fire halls and partner grocers. 

How do I get the food to Daily Bread?

There are several ways to get the food you collect through your food drive to Daily Bread.

Join us on Saturday, April 3 from 11am to 3pm for our contactless Spring Drive-Thru Food Drive taking place at the Daily Bread warehouse at 191 New Toronto Street.

Drop off your food donations at any fire hall across the city. They are open 24/7.  Find your local fire hall here.

You can also bring your donations directly to our warehouse at 191 New Toronto St. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Once we receive the food, it will be quarantined for 48 hours before being sorted for redistribution in the community.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions about hosting a fundraising drive, please contact Kathleen Nicoll at KNicoll@dailybread.ca or (416) 203-0050 x 312.

For questions about running a food drive, please contact Michelle Silva at msilva@dailybread.ca or (416) 203–0050 x241.

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