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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. 

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 in need across Toronto.  

Through your leadership, we can work to ensure that everyone’s right to food is realized this holiday season.  

Engage and Activate. Click below to let us know you’d like to hold a food and/or fundraising drive. 

Thank you in advance for taking up our cause as your own.

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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 in need across 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. 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.
  • Between March – July, Daily Bread distributed 6.7M pounds of food, a 45% year over year increase. 
  • Daily Bread distributed 90% more food (by weight) in June to agency members (versus year prior). Some food banks experienced as much as three times the number of weekly visits as compared to February 2020. 

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. Our team would be more than happy to discuss ideas and share resources with you.  

 The first step is to let us know that you’d like to be a Champion and we’ll take it from there. 

If you want to jump right in, you can also set up your own online fundraising page here. It’s a quick, easy way to rally your friends and family around a cause you are passionate about. 

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. 

You can to 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. in Etobicoke. 

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.