It’s Time For Toronto’s Daily Bread’s Spring Food Drive

special for Digital Journal:

Toronto’s CityTv is kicking off it’s Spring Food Drive at a time when the Daily Bread Food Bank needs help more than ever.
On Wednesday the CityTV Spring Food Drive started collecting donations and offering people a chance to win 10,000 Airmiles and other prizes.

This morning at 6 a.m., Breakfast Television hosts Frank Ferragine and Jennifer Valentyne were at the Metro at 3003 Danforth Avenue to start receiving donations of non-perishable foods and monetary donations from the public. The early morning effort brought in $7,600 and more than 6,000 pounds of food.

Cash of course is always welcome but for those who would rather give food the most needed items are:

* peanut butter
* macaroni and cheese
* canned fruit and vegetables
* white or brown rice
* dried pasta and pasta sauce
* canned fish or meat
* baby food and formula

Those who want to contribute can do so by clicking on the Daily Bread Food Bank website or by calling 416-203-0050.

I spoke with Gabrielle Chackal, Communications & Marketing Officer of the GTA Daily Bread office, about the need for donations. Every month across the GTA The Daily Bread helps about 80,000 people have enough food to make it through the month. This spring the need for donations is even greater as the Daily Bread has started to see an increase at some locations in the GTA of up to twenty percent due to the recession.

Ms. Chackal said the charity is hoping that when people do their grocery shopping this weekend that they will take the time to plan out a few extras to drop in the collection boxes at most area grocery stores. Those who would prefer to make donations elsewhere can drop off food and money donations at their local fire hall.

While non-food items such as diapers and toothpaste are accepted the need at this time for healthy non-perishable food is greatest. Often commercial sponsors provide larger quantities of non-food products that are distributed to families in need.

“We tend to focus on food and financial donations,” Ms. Chackal said.

Those who are in need can call the Daily Bread at 416-203-0050 to get a referral for the Neighbourhood Food Bank closest to you.

You need to bring with you identification for all family members, proof of income and expenditures and proof of your current address. You will only need to bring this information with you the first time you visit a food bank and at times when updates are needed. You always will need to bring your ID with you. Once every six months to a year your information is updated.

The food banks can help you with a two to three day supply of food based on the number of people that are in your family.

Some of the monetary donations go into research. The Daily Bread is currently doing a survey of the amount of visitors to their food banks. Those results will be out in June.

“The Daily Bread works on the roots causes of poverty and hunger. They use statistics to help make change and to get to the root of the problems. Using the statistics the Daily Bread is able to educate the government on how to make realistic policy changes that can help rid the city of poverty and hunger,” Ms. Chackal told Digital Journal during a telephone interview.

The Daily Bread is a registered charitable organization. It’s registered charity number is:11888 1549 RR0001.

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