Daily Bread asks Toronto to "Brown Bag it for Hunger"



    Fall Drive launches in Greektown with help from Jackman kids

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Daily Bread Food Bank officially kicked off the
annual Fall Drive today in Toronto's Greektown, with the first food donation
from children of Jackman Community Day Care. The annual Fall Drive is an
excellent opportunity for Toronto to support efforts to get food to those who
need it most in our community.
    "Our goal this campaign is a 500/500 split," said Gail Nyberg, Daily
Bread's executive director. "We'll need 500,000 pounds of food to get us
through the fall and $500,000 to help us get the food to those who need it and
continue our important work in advocacy, research and public education. So,
keep your eyes open for our traditional brown bag and please give."
    Daily Bread's research reveals that food bank use has risen by a dramatic
90% since 1995, a statistic that Nyberg says means Daily Bread needs the
community's support more than ever.
    "It is great to have these kids from Jackman here starting off the Fall
Drive," said Nyberg. "We know that the GTA will follow their lead and come
together to make sure people don't go hungry during the Thanksgiving season."
    The Fall Drive officially runs from September 27 until October 17, 2008
and it is easy to support the fight against hunger in the GTA. Financial
donations can be made securely, on-line at dailybread.ca or by calling
416-203-0050. Cheques can be mailed to Daily Bread Food Bank at 191 New
Toronto Street, Toronto ON M8V 2E7. The public can drop off nutritious,
non-perishable food at any fire hall, Loblaws, or Real Canadian Superstore.
Most needed food items include: baby formula and food; peanut butter; canned
fruit or vegetables; canned fish or meat; dried pasta and tomato sauce;
powdered, canned or tetra pak milk; macaroni and cheese; bags of rice; and
bags of lentils.

    Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is
fighting to end hunger in our communities. Last year, over 950,000 people
across the GTA relied on food banks. Daily Bread serves the majority of these
people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in its 160 member
agencies. Daily Bread Food Bank fights hunger by providing food and resources
for hungry people; mobilizing greater community support and creating social
change through research, education and advocacy.

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





For further information:

For further information: Gabrielle Chackal, Communications & Marketing
Officer, T: (416) 203-0050 ext. 238, E: gabrielle@dailybread.ca, M: (416)
450-2196


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