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Become a Community Champion

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

A 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, safely collect them from their neighbours, congregations, teams, coworkers, etc., and deliver food donations to Daily Bread Food Bank to be distributed across the city to neighbours experiencing hunger.

By becoming a Community Champion, you can make a difference and help ensure everyone’s right to food is realized! We will provide you with all the resources and support you need to help you organize a safe and contactless food drive. We can even supply you with paper bags and a checklist of our most needed items, that you can distribute to your neighbours when inviting them to support your 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.

If you have 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?

The pandemic has demonstrated the immediate need people have in accessing food and paying for necessities like rent, transportation, and internet. The food bank statistics during this past year show the huge gaps some citizens in our city are facing:

  • Before the pandemic, Daily Bread food banks saw an average of 68,000 visits each month. Since 2021, Daily Bread member food banks have seen an average of more than 110,000 visits each month
  • Last year, there were close to 1/45 million visits to food banks in Toronto, the highest number ever recorded in our city’s history. This represents a 47% increase compared to the year prior.
  • For the first time, new clients outnumbered existing clients at Toronto food banks with a 61% increase compared to the year prior.
  • In 2021, Daily Bread Food Bank distributed close to 17 million lbs of food – a 31% increase compared to the year prior.
  • 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 4 children live in poverty in Toronto.
  • Close to one in three food bank visits in Toronto are children and youth. 
  • 31% of adult food bank clients reported going hungry at least once per week or more, and this was the case of 16% of children.
  • 51% of food bank clients missed a meal to pay for something else.
  • Food bank clients have a median of $9.17 left per person per day after rent and utilities are paid; for racialized respondents it is $6.67.

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, over the past year we’ve had to more than double our food purchasing to meet the needs of the community. 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.  

 

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

Bring your donations directly to the Daily Bread warehouse
We’re located at 191 New Toronto St. and open for donation drop-offs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions about hosting a fundraising driveplease contact Sacha Michna, Senior Manager, Community Partnerships and Events at smichna@dailybread.ca

For questions about running a food drive, please contact Michelle Silva at msilva@dailybread.ca or (4162030050 x241.