Established in 1983, Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities through food banks, meal programs, research, and education. Until the 31st of January donate just 375 FreshPoints for a $5 contribution in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah from Daily Bread Food Bank who took the time to answer some questions about DBFB and what they do:
What is the overall mission or vision of Daily Bread Food Bank? Our overall mission is to fight and to end hunger in our communities. We do this by providing food and resources, mobilizing greater support, involvement and action as well as creating social change to reduce poverty through research, education and advocacy. Hunger is a symptom of poverty, so to make any real impact on hunger, we have to look at poverty first. It’s not that there isn’t enough food, it’s that people don’t have enough money to buy it.
What are the most needed food items? Our most needed food items include baby food and formula, rice, pasta, canned fruits/meat/fish/vegetables, peanut butter, canned soup and stew, dried or canned beans/lentils, powdered or tetra pak cartons of milk. Any nutritious, non-perishable food that you would buy for yourself or your family is what we’re looking for.
( Food donations can be dropped off at your local fire hall or at Daily Bread’s main facility at 191 New Toronto Street )
Are there some statistics or observations you can share with me to give people an idea of what’s going on in our city? I feel like a lot of us see poverty and know hunger exists, but don’t really understand the severity of it. Numbers are hard – people often can’t see the people behind the numbers and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. But every little bit does make a difference. Last year, there were almost 800,000 visits to Daily Bread’s member agencies. That means we provide food for almost 67,000 visits to food banks a month. Our Food Services Training Program not only trains people to work in the food industry, it also means over 14,000 nutritious meals a month are made and sent out to hostels, shelters and meal programs across the city.
The Changing Face of Hunger
How can people get involved? We are always looking for volunteers throughout the year, although most of our volunteer opportunities are during weekdays, we have some evening and weekend events that require volunteers. People can check out www.dailybread.ca for ways to support us. That includes, if people are up for it, organizing their own community fundraising event or food drive to support Daily Bread.