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Become a Community Champion

Thank you for your interest in supporting Daily Bread by becoming a Community Champion!

Community Champion is someone who shares our belief that no one in our city should face barriers to accessing food and takes action to support our mission to end hunger. 

We are looking for Community Champions who will rally their network to donate non-perishable food items by safely collecting food from their neighbours, congregations, teams, coworkers, etc., and bringing the donations to Daily Bread Food Bank.

Register your food drive today to become a Community Champion and help ensure that everyone’s right to food is realized – this spring and beyond. We’ll 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.

Have you already set up a donation page? Click here to log in.

What is a Community Champion?

A Daily Bread Community Champion is someone who shares our belief that no one in our city should face barriers to accessing food and takes action to support our mission to end hunger. 

By becoming a Community Champion and raising your hand to host a food and/or fundraising drive you will make an immediate difference for families experiencing food insecurity in Toronto.  

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. As food insecurity and the need for emergency food relief continues to grow, support from the community is needed more than ever.

  • Before the pandemic, Daily Bread member food banks were serving an average of 68,000 individuals each month. In the past six months, Daily Bread member food banks have seen an average of 105,000 client visits each month – a 51% increase compared to the year prior.
  • If current usage rates continue, we are projecting we will see 1.4 million visits to Toronto food banks this year, the highest number ever recorded in Toronto’s history.
  • At the height of the first wave of COVID-19, Daily Bread food banks saw a 200% increase in new clients, with three quarters of food bank clients surveyed during COVID-19 who had never accessed a food bank before reporting that they began using food banks because of the pandemic.
  • One third of food bank clients in the city are children and youth.

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 Champion. Whether you organize a food drive or hold a fundraiser (or both!), our 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 do you need more of, financial donations or food?

In order to ensure the sustainability and dignity of our food programs, Daily Bread needs both financial and food donations. 

While we are grateful to receive both, financial gifts are even more critical during times of crisis. Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to increase our food purchasing to meet the needs of the communityIn June, for example, we increased food purchasing by over 120% (as compared to the same month last year). Financial donations also enable us to distribute fresh produce, proteins and dairy. Thanks to our industry partners, we are able to maximize every dollar spent.  

During the pandemic, we also increased funding to member agencies by 870% to help them meet increased client volume and invest in infrastructure updates that allow them to continue to serve the community safely. 

I want to run a food drive. 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.

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. 

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 driveplease 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 (4162030050 x241.