Host a Holiday Drive!

As poverty rates soar and the hunger crisis worsens in Toronto, we need your help to ensure that the city’s most vulnerable have access to nutritious food this winter – and beyond.

Every dollar you raise will help us distribute one complete meal to a person in need. A bin full of food will provide groceries for more than a dozen families.

Setting up a fundraising campaign or food drive is quick and easy — and a truly meaningful way to celebrate the holidays.


Click here to access our Resource Centre for tools that will help you engage your family, friends and colleagues.

If you have any questions about holding a Holiday Drive, please start with the FAQ below.  

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Patricia Feehely at

We’ve decided to do a drive in support of Daily Bread, what’s next?

First of all, thank you. You are part of a city–wide movement to end hunger in Toronto.

The first step is to register your drive. Even if you aren’t sure about all of the details, your registration lets us know that you are interested in helping. We will follow-up with you with ideas and resources to support your drive or event.

What dates should we run our drive or event?

Choose a time frame that works best for you. If you want to get food to Daily Bread in time for a holiday please make the donation one to two weeks before the holiday.  If you can’t make the donation in time to align with a holiday, don’t worry, the need is ongoing.

What has more impact cash or food?

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

Financial gifts are critical and enable us to distribute fresh produce, proteins and dairy, as well as advocate for long-term solutions to eliminate hunger and poverty. You can set up an online donation page in seconds here.

Can Daily Bread deliver a food collection bin?

Yes, we are happy to provide one of our signature Daily Bread-branded bin for large food drives. A large drive is considered 250 lbs or more of non-perishable food. You also have the option to pick up a bin at our warehouse at 191 New Toronto St. Our cardboard bins are 2’ x 2’ x 4’ and lay flat – easily fitting in the backseat of a standard car. To request a bin delivery, please visit the Resource Centre.

If we are not sure if we will raise 250 lbs of food can we still request a bin?

If you are unsure how much your drive will raise, we recommend using banker’s boxes or other boxes or bags to collect food.

Will Daily Bread pick up the food?

Yes, Daily Bread can pick up food donations for drives that have raised 250lbs+ of food. You can request a bin pick-up through our Resource Centre.

Please take a minute to read the guidelines for the pick-up service. If you are uncertain how much food you raised, 250 lbs is approximately 12 bankers’ boxes, 25 grocery bags full, or a full Daily Bread bin.

If we don’t raise 250 lbs of food, will Daily Bread still pick up the food?

If you collect less than 250+ lbs of food, we invite you to drop off your 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 the New Toronto Street Food Bank which operates out of our head office at 191 New Toronto St. in Etobicoke.

How can we increase the impact of our drive?

The most effective way to increase the impact of your food or fundraising drive is to add a competitive component that makes it engaging and fun.

You can also plan a team building shift at Daily Bread as a way to kick-off or wrap-up your drive. Learn more about group volunteering here.

If you would like to use our logo for your website or promotional material, please contact Patricia at to share more details about your campaign.

Is there anything we should know?

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Patricia at