This year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Daily Bread are marking 20 years of working together to help Torontonians in need.
“Life circumstances can change without warning, and what Daily Bread does is vital to help people move from tough times into a better future,” says Gaylen Duncan, Country Operating Officer for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Thanks to Bank of America for their dedication, passion and generous support – and for two decades of better futures!
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Thanks to your generous support, Daily Bread raised an amazing $2.3 million and over 600,000 pounds of food during the Holiday Drive.
While Daily Bread didn’t quite reach its Holiday Drive goals, the food and money raised during the last month will help keep Daily Bread’s shelves stocked and our trucks running, distributing healthy and nutritious food to almost 200 food programs across Toronto.
And just because the Holiday Drive has stopped, doesn’t mean Daily Bread has! Hunger is a year-round problem, which means you can donate online, volunteer, or drop off non-perishable food donations to your local fire hall throughout the year as well.
Thanks to everyone who donated, volunteered or took the time out of their busy holiday schedules to organize a food or fundraising drive!
Corporate volunteers play a HUGE role at Daily Bread. In addition to supporting our work financially and through food donations, last year 6,665 awesome employees volunteered 22,167 hours of their valuable time to help us sort 1,722,394 pounds of food. And, our community champions donated their time by volunteering, hosting and organizing over 350 drives in their school, club or faith group. What all these big numbers really mean is that you are helping us to distribute hundreds of thousands of food hampers to individuals and families and millions of meals for people in Toronto struggling with hunger.
Daily Bread has over 10,000 volunteers who help us throughout the year. Volunteers are the heart of Daily Bread. It is amazing and humbling to see the number of volunteers who regularly come in and help us in the fight against hunger. They help us answer the phones, input data, make the boxes, sort the food, palletize the sorted food, get out the orders, prepare the meals, wash the dishes, haul the garbage, clean up, greet the volunteers, serve clients at the food bank, give info to clients and refer them to other resources, work at special events like public food sorts and Canstruction … and in other ways, big and small, throughout the year!