Daily Bread commits support to St. Philip's Pantry and its community



    TORONTO, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Daily Bread Food Bank will continue working with
the Parkdale community to ensure that a neighbourhood food bank is available
to community members who require one. Daily Bread had been reviewing the
situation in Parkdale when the decision was made by St. Philip's Pantry to
close. At a rally earlier today, Daily Bread pledged to step in financially
and logistically to support St. Philip's Pantry and its clients until a
longer-term solution can be found for the community.
    Daily Bread Food Bank works through its member agencies across the GTA to
ensure that people experiencing low-incomes have local, neighbourhood food
banks to turn to for food and support. St. Philip's Pantry is a member agency
serving clients in the King and Cowan area of Parkdale and receives the food
it distributes from Daily Bread.
    "We want to assure the Parkdale community that there will be a
neighbourhood food bank for them to rely on," said Michael Oliphant, Daily
Bread's director of research and communications, at a rally held earlier
today. "Our commitment to the communities we serve is unwavering."
    In the short-term, Daily Bread will provide financial support to St.
Philip's Pantry past December 20, 2007 when it is slated to close. Daily Bread
will work with the local community to find sustainable solutions, so the 1500
St. Philip's Pantry food bank clients can be sure that they will have a place
to go.
    In addition to providing food to people in immediate need, Daily Bread
addresses the root causes of hunger and poverty. Daily Bread Food Bank and
other stakeholders are working with Premier McGuinty and Minister Matthews to
establish a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy with timelines and
targets.
    "There have been positive steps made in the fight against hunger and
poverty in Ontario," says Oliphant. "The Premier made a commitment to address
poverty comprehensively at a campaign stop at Daily Bread and we expect to
hear more details of the strategy in Thursday's throne speech."

    Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated
to fighting hunger. Last year, over 905,000 people in the GTA relied on food
banks, 34% of whom were children. Daily Bread and its member agencies serve
the majority of these people through neighbourhood food banks and meal
programs in over 160 member agencies. In an effort to eliminate the need for
food banks, Daily Bread educates the public, conducts research and advocates
realistic government policies.





For further information:

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


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