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Sarah Strom

Local Love From Google Canada

When COVID-19 hit and Canadians all across the country began to feel the impacts, Google Canada wanted to find a way to give back to their local communities. Recognizing that food access is an essential part of building healthy communities, Google donated $52,000 to our Food Fund which provided 52,000 meals to Torontonians experiencing poverty […]

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Making Space for More Food With Dymon Storage

This year has been a difficult year for many, in fact, last month alone we served over 110,000 individuals experiencing food insecurity and as we continue to see the need for food banks rise, we couldn’t continue to meet the need without incredible partners like Dymon Storage. Throughout November and December, Dymon Storage stepped up […]

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Agency Spotlight: Evangel Hall Mission

Located in Downtown Toronto near Bathurst and Adelaide, Evangel Hall Mission has been providing services to their community since 1913. Throughout the year they offer a variety of services including assistance with housing, dental services, drop-in, financial trusteeship and spiritual/emotional care. They seek to create a safe space providing holistic support for individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness.   Like many programs across our network, COVID-19 severely impacted the way Evangel Hall had traditionally been able to deliver their […]

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The Connection Between Race, Mental Health, and Food Insecurity

Today marks the second annual Black Mental Health day in Toronto. This important day raises awareness about the impacts of anti-Black racism on mental health in our city. However, as TAIBU Community Health Centre notes, “After generations of anti-Black racism, it’s still a year-round problem for Black Torontonians. An annual day to confront its effects […]

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Celebrating Black History Month at Daily Bread

Every February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the history of Black Canadians; to learn about the legacy of Black Canadians and their contributions to their communities, and the strong and diverse nation Canada has become. Here at Daily Bread Food Bank, we have been […]

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World’s Largest Virtual Cooking Class in Support of Daily Bread Food Bank

On Monday, February 15 Daily Bread Food Bank joined Chef Julian Pancer from The Chef Upstairs to set the world record for the largest virtual cooking class! Hosted by their friends John Catucci of Big Food Bucket List and EJSE Studio, Chef Julian guided participants on how to make homemade gnocchi and tomato sauce while […]

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Feature Recipe from the Daily Bread Kitchen

Meet O’mar Grant, Assistant Manager, Kitchen Production here at Daily Bread Food Bank! He is in charge of producing our soups and casseroles for member agencies along with designing their menus and developing new recipes! O’mar has a passion for food and brought with him a degree in sociology, a background in social work, and […]

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Agency Spotlight: Staff of Life Food Bank

Staff of Life Food Bank in the Scarborough Rouge Park area serves a large minority population, and sees a high number of families with children, and seniors visiting their programs each week. Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Staff of Life Food Bank was operating every Sunday for 2 hours, serving approximately 65 families each week. […]

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Walking Across Canada in Support of Daily Bread Food Bank

This past holiday season the Greater Toronto Hockey League teamed up with Daily Bread Food Bank, and food banks across the GTA to help fight hunger. In this era when ‘the length of a hockey stick’ is used as a measure of appropriate social distancing, they invited GTHL families, alumni, and hockey fans across the […]

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Food Insecurity and Mental Health

Not knowing where your next meal may come from can be an extremely stressful experience. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent Statistics Canada report found that individuals in households that experience moderate food insecurity were nearly three times as likely to report moderate or severe anxiety symptoms within the previous 30 days. For those living […]

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CBC Toronto ‘Sounds of the Season’ raises highest amount in its 18-year history

This year, CBC Toronto’s Sounds of the Season fundraiser looked a bit different. While we couldn’t all come together at the Glenn Gould Studio for the annual CBC Open House, a Toronto tradition, the month-long campaign in support of food banks across the GTA was an incredible success raising a record breaking $1.1 million! We kicked off Sounds […]

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Daily Bread Food Bank Year in Review

Our year in review shows how when we come together with a single vision, there is nothing we cannot overcome. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, Daily Bread led by a simple promise to Toronto, which was to ensure safe and uninterrupted food delivery to those experiencing food insecurity and together we did it! We […]

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Advocate Today for a Better Tomorrow

Food banks play an important role in meeting the immediate needs of people experiencing hunger in Toronto. But food banks don’t address the root causes of food insecurity. This is why our Research & Advocacy department works to effect systemic change by advancing solutions based on the experiences of food bank clients. We know from […]

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Great Lakes Brewery 12th Annual Hops for Hunger Campaign

Thanks to the generous support of our friends at Great Lakes Brewery, hundreds of families experiencing hunger will access healthy, nutritious food this holiday season. During the month of December, Great Lakes Beer will be holding their 12th annual Hops for Hunger campaign and donating $1 from each can of their exclusive Eggnog White Stout to Daily […]

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Daily Bread Food Bank 12 Days of Giving

You and your family can help ensure everyone’s right to food is realized this holiday season. Join us from December 12-24 for Daily Bread Food Bank’s 12 Days of Giving! How it works: Decorate a box or gift bag Each day for 12 days in December, collect one item from our most needed items list. Once […]

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Daily Bread Food Bank Launches Holiday Campaign

At a time of year when Daily Bread Food Bank relies heavily on support from the community to meet food and fundraising goals that impact food distribution for the entire year, the difficult decision has been made to cancel our in person holiday events due to COVID-19 lockdown. With the rapidly increasing need for food […]

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A Holiday Recipe from the Daily Bread Kitchen.

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is just around the corner. This year will be unlike any other, as we create new traditions and adapt to a new reality. And, although the festivities may look different this year, we hope that the feelings of warmth and joy that come with gathering around a […]

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Val’s Story

Meet Val. A food bank client, and father to three young children. When Val and his family came to Canada last year to care for an ill family member, he had hope that he could support his family, while creating a new life for them.  Unfortunately, not long after they arrived, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Toronto, and Val and his family began to struggle.   Val’s youngest son […]

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Who’s Hungry 2020: Building a Future Without Poverty Beyond COVID-19

Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest Food Bank have released the annual Who’s Hungry report, which focuses this year on building a future without poverty beyond COVID-19.   The report reveals that prior to COVID-19, food bank use had already increased by 5% compared to the previous year, with close to one million visits in the city of […]

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Daily Bread Food Bank Listed in Charity Intelligence’s Top 100 Rated Charities

We are excited and honoured to be included in the Charity Intelligence Top 100 Rated Charities of 2020. This 2020 Giving Season is going to be tough. With COVID-19, and the economic shutdown to flatten the curve, Canadians report they are giving 37% less to charities. This decline in giving puts frontline charities under enormous […]

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Daily Bread Food Bank’s Inaugural Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Food Drive

On Saturday, October 10, Daily Bread Food Bank hosted our inaugural Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Food Drive!  Together, our community collected close to 25,000 lbs of non-perishable food for our neighbours who are experiencing food insecurity. We want to give a big thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday. Your generosity and commitment to social […]

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In the Media: Daily Bread’s 2020 Thanksgiving Campaign Launch

On Thursday, September 17, Daily Bread Food Bank launched our 2020 Thanksgiving Food Drive. Neil Hetherington, CEO, Daily Bread Food Bank, was in attendance to announce this year’s goal and discuss the importance of the campaign, as the city has seen a 200% increase in new clients accessing food banks due to COVID-19.   Watch Neil’s interview on CP24 below. Neil was also joined by Ana Bailão, Deputy […]

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Daily Bread Food Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving is on its way. Here at Daily Bread Food Bank we are looking forward to this moment of peace and reflection after a long, difficult year. In spite of the challenges we’ve faced, we have much to be thankful for. We are especially grateful for the steadfast support of our generous donors. In spite […]

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2020 Truck Pull Challenge Champions

On Tuesday, September 15th, Daily Bread Food Bank competed in in the ultimate test of strength, pulling a 20,000 lb. truck for 100 ft. in the fastest time! The second annual Truck Pull Challenge hosted by Second Harvest at Downsview Park, was a friendly competition between local food organizations fighting to end hunger in our […]

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Agency Spotlight: Canadian South Asian Growth and Support Services

Canadian South Asian Growth and Support Services (CSAGSS) is multi-service organization which aims to lift their community out of hunger and poverty. They believe in serving their community with Respect, Equity, Care, and dignity, and work in three main areas to improve food security, health and wellness, and Community Engagement.  Located within one of Daily Bread Food Bank’s 20 priority areas, CSAGSS serves the communities of Morning Side and Mornelle Court. Morning Side […]

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Hunger Action Month 2020

Hunger Action Month is a nation-wide campaign that takes place during the month of September. Its purpose is to raise awareness of hunger in our communities, and to take action in four key ways: Educate. Advocate. Volunteer. Donate. Here’s how you can get involved: Educate Learn more about hunger and poverty in Toronto, and Ontario, […]

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Impact Conversations Podcast with Neil Hetherington, CEO, Daily Bread Food Bank

Neil Hetherington, CEO of Daily Bread Food Bank joined the Social Impact Advisors Impact Conversations podcast to discuss our latest research report Hunger Lives Here: Risks and Challenges Faced by Food Bank Clients During COVID-19. During his conversation with Lynn Fergusson, co-founder and Partner at Social Impact Advisors, he also shares how we have continued to meet […]

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Anti-Black Racism and Food Insecurity in Canada

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee in the United States, and Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto have brought the deep rooted, systemic, and pervasive nature of anti-Black racism to the forefront of public discussion.  Anti-Black racism is closely tied to food insecurity in Canada. The 2019 Who’s Hungry survey of food bank […]

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The Struggles and Successes of a Grassroots Organization

In 2010 Janel Simpson was going through a hard time in her life. She had lost her restaurant business in a declining job market and when it took her over a year to find a job, she realized that the degree she worked so hard to earn, was just a piece of paper. The situation […]

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Changing Lives, One Woman at a Time

This International Women’s Day, we are honoured to highlight an incredible organization that plays a significant role in taking action for equality and supporting all women. Sistering, winner of Daily Bread’s 2019 Best in Class Award for Visionary Drop-in Program, is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. They have […]

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Provide Hope This Spring

This spring, you can provide hope through wholesome meals for those who need it most. As we spring forward in to the season of rejuvenation and growth, we here at Daily Bread are looking back at this past year, the memories we’ve made, and the memories that donors like you, have provided to thousands across […]

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The Link Between Race, Mental Health, and Food Insecurity

Today is the City of Toronto’s inaugural Black Mental Health Day, which aims to raise awareness about the impacts of anti-Black racism on mental health in our city. Experiencing anti-Black racism can lead to depression and anxiety. Certain parts of the Black community in the GTA face up to a 60% increase in mental health […]

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