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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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How Ontario can Support Low-Income Households During and After COVID-19

Food banks across Canada are preparing for a surge in need as the economy slows due to COVID-19. While food banks are able to support households in meeting their immediate food needs, food banks are not a solution to poverty. As the province responds to the COVID-19 crisis, they are simultaneously working towards develop a […]

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New Protections for the Working Poor During COVID-19

Crises inevitably reveal cracks in our public supports. Food bank clients cannot meet the most basic COVID-19 recommendations of public health officials. Social distancing and stocking up on food are both difficult—if not impossible—if you rely on food banks. Food banks have always been intended as a last-resort option for people facing food insecurity, yet […]

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The Impact of Coronavirus on Food Bank Clients

Last week, federal Health Minister Patty Hadju suggested people prepare for a Coronavirus outbreak by setting aside a week’s worth of food and medicine. But with food bank use on the rise and the average client having just $7.83 per day left after housing and other necessities, for many, this is simply not an option. […]

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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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This Valentine’s Day, Share the Love

At Daily Bread Food Bank, we are all about kindness and sharing love! This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to honour someone special in your life by making a donation in their name and helping someone in need of food. Your kindness and love will provide fresh, nutritious food to families who are experiencing food […]

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Student Hunger – No Food For Thought

Education is often referred to as the great equalizer: It can open the door to jobs, resources, and skills that a family needs to not just survive but thrive. Many studies indicate that post-secondary education is the surest path to upward social mobility for those impacted by poverty. Post-secondary graduates not only have more employment prospects […]

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Volunteers Help Collect Stories of Hunger in Toronto

Each year, Daily Bread Food Bank conducts and annual survey of food bank clients and publishes the findings in the Who’s Hungry report. Last year, we collected data from 1,400 clients, who shared their experiences of coping with food insecurity. To conduct a survey of this scale, we rely on volunteers who go out to […]

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The Health Cost of Food Insecurity

A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that people experiencing food insecurity died an average of 9 years earlier than those who are food secure. To put it simply, not having enough to eat can shorten a person’s life by close to a decade. Food insecurity leads to a wide range […]

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Volunteers Wanted! TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin

What would Canadian society look like tomorrow if volunteering ceased to exist? Daily Bread Food Bank CEO, Neil Hetherington, joined TVO’s Steve Paikin on The Agenda, along with a panel of experts to discuss the state of volunteering in Canada.

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‘Come from Away’ comes to Daily Bread

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the incredible cast and musicians of Toronto’s hit musical Come From Away, took over Daily Bread Food Bank’s warehouse for a fun and festive East Coast style kitchen party. Guests were treated to live performances of music from the show as well as seasonal favorites, and of course, delicious treats […]

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Daily Bread Food Bank launches meal delivery pilot in partnership with Red Cross

During the month of January, Daily Bread Food Bank will be launching the Red Cross Mobile Food Bank pilot program to deliver healthy, home-made meals to individuals who cannot access food banks and/or have barriers to preparing food at home. Currently, Red Cross delivers food bank style groceries to people who have been medically assessed […]

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CBC Toronto ‘Sounds of the Season’ raises a record-breaking $839,137

It was another remarkable year for CBC Toronto Sounds of the Season. Starting on November 20 and running until December 31, 2019 this campaign raised a record-breaking $839,137 and 18,559 lbs of food to help support our neighbours experiencing hunger and food insecurity. The annual CBC Open House, a Toronto tradition, was held on December […]

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Our Commitment to Safe and Nutritious Food

When you go to the grocery store or eat at a restaurant, you expect your food to be held to a high safety standard. Community food programs are strongly committed to ensuring that the food they distribute meets these same standards, to ensure clients can access safe, nutritious food with dignity and respect. Daily Bread […]

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Riba’s Story.

Meet Riba. A client and an active volunteer at the food bank, Riba exemplifies how your generosity changes people’s lives—and not just by putting food on the table of families in need. Riba and her family came to Canada from Egypt. Trained in pharmacy, Riba came in search of new opportunities, both for herself and […]

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People across Canada are struggling with food insecurity.

Today, Food Banks Canada released their annual Hunger Count, detailing trends in food bank use across Canada. The report reveals that unemployment rates have declined nationally and along with it, national food bank use has decreased by 1% compared to last year. When we look at the Toronto region however, we see the reverse trend […]

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In-Kind Donor Profile: Challenger Motor Freight

Challenger Motor Freight is a total supply chain provider based in Cambridge, Ontario and is committed to being the premier transportation service in the country. They are also very committed to helping the community through their support of various organizations, including Daily Bread Food Bank. Since 2015, Challenger, has been a priceless partner and supporter […]

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Saturday Food Sorts!

You asked, we listened. After the overwhelming (and immensely generous) response we received for our Thanksgiving Food Sort, we are opening our doors on Saturday, November 16, 2019, for another Public Food Sort. Morning and afternoon shifts available: 9:30am – 12:00pm 1:30pm – 3:00pm What better way to spend some quality time with your family […]

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Who’s Hungry 2019 – A Profile of Hunger in the Toronto Region

Daily Bread Food Bank, in partnership with North York Harvest Food Bank and The Mississauga Food Bank, have released the annual Who’s Hungry report, profiling hunger in the Toronto region. This year’s report reveals that there have been over 1 million food bank visits in the Toronto region alone in the past year. Food bank […]

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How Changes to Social Assistance Impact Food Bank Clients

Our 2018 Who’s Hungry report revealed that 68% of food bank clients receive social assistance as their primary source of income and the amount is already too low to meet their most basic needs, like food. The government of Ontario has proposed a number of changes that will make it more difficult for people in […]

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Spring has sprung – and with it, our Spring Drive!

We need your help to help thousands of families in need across the city. Once again, after a long winter, the birds are starting to sing, the sun is peeking out and the snow is finally melting. Spring has come! So too has Daily Bread’s 2019 Spring Food Drive. This year, we have joined forces […]

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The Gendered Perspective of Poverty: A profile of female food bank clients.

By Haiat Iman, Research & Survey Coordinator, Daily Bread Food Bank INTRODUCTION A profile of female clients at Daily Bread Food Bank show that living with limited resources hinder their abilities to provide for their families. Their struggles are additionally exacerbated by barriers they face as single mothers, living in a city where the cost […]

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Dimithu’s Story

Dimuthu worked an overnight job and a day job and it still wasn’t enough to take care of her family. She could afford very little food after paying all her bills, and it certainly wasn’t enough to feed her family.   “I have four kids and I’m a single mother,” she says. I need the […]

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Canada’s Food Guide:

A think piece by Reena Reddy, Manager, Agency Relations, Daily Bread Food Bank. The whistling of a pressure cooker is the sound of home to me. Growing up in Dubai, dishes brimming with vegetables and meat, served with daal over steaming rice were a regular occurrence. I’m thrilled to see a Food Guide that finally […]

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Winterbash 2018 – Volunteer Recognition

This past December, the entire Daily Bread team got together to celebrate the incredible volunteers that support our mission daily. In 2018, 11,529 amazing individuals volunteered their time, energy and passion at Daily Bread, giving an astounding 77,256 hours of service. Daily Bread thrives because of the hard work of volunteers who, day in and […]

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Cancer Care Ontario mobilizes to fight hunger in Toronto

Earlier this month, we were honored to welcome our loyal supporters at Cancer Care Ontario to the Daily Bread warehouse to unveil and celebrate their Champion Fundraisers spot on our Donor Wall. Since 2015, Cancer Care Ontario has raised $63,317 in support of Daily Bread and donated 4,384 lbs of food in an effort to […]

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Inclusionary Zoning

Daily Bread Food Bank submitted our feedback (below) about proposed inclusionary zoning legislation. Today is the deadline for public feedback….

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Helping A Family Move Forward

When Earla was new to Canada, 20 years ago, she worried about how she would provide for her 2 children…

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Report Released: A Roadmap for Change – input needed before January 2, 2018

A new report called “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” has just been released by the provincial government. The Roadmap…

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Portable Housing Benefit

Daily Bread joins the call for a National Portable Housing Benefit program in the National Housing Strategy Daily Bread has…

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Distasteful Messaging

Recently, an individual took to Twitter to ask for donations for Daily Bread Food Bank. This tweet included a distasteful…

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Hopeful news: the 2017 Ontario Budget allows people on assistance to keep a financial cushion

As the labour market becomes more precarious and with fewer employment-triggered disability benefits available, more people in Ontario need to…

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It’s tax time: are people on low incomes getting all the benefits they’re entitled to?

For thousands accessing food banks across Toronto, lack of income is the key driver of hunger. Clients on average spend…

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Re-thinking CSR: should you match your employees’ generosity?

Is your company thinking of stepping up its charitable involvement? It might be time to think beyond the “one company-one…

Re-thinking CSR: should you match your employees’ generosity? is a post from: Daily Bread Food Bank

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Toronto City Budget 2017

In order to balance the upcoming city budget, city departments have been instructed to cut their budgets by 2.6 per…

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Keeping our trucks rolling!

Helping to keep us moving, Barrick Gold Corporation announced a three-year, $100,000 “Heart of Gold” sponsorship of Daily Bread Food…

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TTC Challenge is back!

We need your help on December 12 and 13! The TTC Challenge is an engaging opportunity where Daily Bread volunteers…

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Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive has begun!

Daily Bread’s Holiday Drive is on now and ends December 31. The money and food raised during the Holiday Drive…

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Food security and the “Big Four”

After Daily Bread Food Bank released the 2016 Who’s Hungry report, Daily Bread held informal focus groups with food bank…

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How food bank clients stretch their food resources

After Daily Bread Food Bank released the 2016 Who’s Hungry report, Daily Bread held informal focus groups with food bank…

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CP Holiday Train coming to Toronto!

Every year, the CP Holiday Train travels to communities all across North America – and all for a good cause!…

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Daily Bread is Seeking Volunteers!

Daily Bread is currently offering volunteer positions throughout our organization. We are looking for a Kitchen Prep Assistant as well…

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Thanksgiving Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours

Click here to find out more information on meal programs and drop-in hours on Thanksgiving around Toronto. Special holiday meals…

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Five donations families are thankful for during Thanksgiving

Families across Toronto are relying on your unwavering support this Thanksgiving. Donations fall during the summer and we need your…

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Daily Bread’s Food Sort Challenge is back!

We’re back on November 16 for the best event of the year! Join the Food Sort Challenge!      You will…

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Canada Day Meal Programs & Drop-In Hours

Click here to find out more information on meal programs and drop-in hours on Canada Day around Toronto. Special holiday…

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Ontario ends clawback of child support payments

The Minister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek, announced today that the Ontario government will no longer claw back…

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Local farm and corporate leader make it their business to help provide food for hungry

Daily Bread Food Bank announces this year’s ‘Best in Class’ Donor of the Year Awards Bank of America Merrill Lynch…

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Canstruction Toronto

Toronto’s design community gives back! Since 1999, Canstruction Toronto has been uniting the local design community in a unique fundraiser…

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Canstruction is building it once again!

      The 2016 Canstruction Toronto event is gearing up! This is a competition held in Toronto and cities…

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Last day of the Spring Drive!

This is no April Fool’s joke….today is the last day of Daily Bread’s Spring Drive! As of March 31, $150,000…

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5 things you should know about the 2016 Federal Budget

The 2016 Federal Budget brought the federal government back to the table when it comes to fighting poverty across the…

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Reducing poverty across Canada

Did you listen to our Telephone Town Hall last month? On Tuesday, the federal government is expected to release the…

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Easter Holiday Weekend Meal Programs & Drop In Hours

Click here to find out more information on meal programs and drop-in hours over the Easter holidays around Toronto.  Special…

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Daily Bread Food Bank announces new food programs in Etobicoke and Scarborough

As Daily Bread’s Spring Drive starts, Executive Director Gail Nyberg announced new community partners who are working with Daily Bread…

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Thanksgiving Drive Public Food Sorts sponsored by Kellogg Canada

Each Thanksgiving Daily Bread opens up our doors to our community during the holiday weekend and over 500 volunteers take…

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Daily Bread’s Thanksgiving Public Food Sorts sponsored by Kellogg Canada

Each Thanksgiving Daily Bread opens up our doors to our community during the holiday weekend and over 500 volunteers take…

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Thanksgiving Drive

The kids are back in school, the weather is turning colder and Daily Bread is looking to stock the shelves…

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