Thursday, December 20, 2012

Daily Bread's Holiday Drive short thousands of pounds of food

TORONTO, December 19, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - As people gear up for this season of giving, Daily Bread is asking people to think about their neighbours in need this holiday. With only 375,000 pounds of food donated, Daily Bread's Holiday Drive has just over two weeks to raise 625,000 pounds to meet its goal of one million pounds of food.

"There are so many people right now organizing events, food drives or donating to help people in this city who are hungry and I am so grateful to them," said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread's executive director.

Daily Bread is hoping the people of Toronto can help make a difference by donating food or money to the Holiday Drive, which ends on December 31.

"We're also looking to raise $1.5 million and we're now at just over a million dollars. What has me the most concerned is how behind in food donations we are. They're trickling in, but we need a lot more to make sure our shelves are full this winter," said Nyberg. "I'm hoping that while people are out grocery shopping this weekend for Christmas dinner, they'll think about picking up a bit extra for those who need it most. And if we can't reach our food goal, I'm hoping we can exceed our financial goal so that we can use the money to make up for the shortfall in food donations."

Nutritious, non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at local fire halls, Loblaws, No Frills, valu-mart or a participating grocery store. Most needed food items include: pasta, dried/canned beans or lentils, rice, canned fruit and vegetables, baby formula and food, tomato sauce, peanut butter and canned or powdered milk. Daily Bread does not receive any funding from the United Way.

Financial donations can be made easily and securely online at www.dailybread.ca or by mailing a cheque to Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto St., Toronto, Ontario, M8V 2E7.

Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in our communities.