Daily Bread's Fall Food Drive off to a dismal start



    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - After a provocative food drive launch featuring
empty refrigerators all over Toronto's downtown core, Daily Bread Food Bank
reports a very slow beginning to its annual Fall Food Drive. At just over one
week in, the food bank is reporting just about half of the pounds raised at
this time last year.
    "To have just under 100,000 pounds when our goal is 900,000 and we only
have 17 days left in the drive is worrisome," says Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread's
executive director. "In my time here, I don't think I've ever seen the shelves
looking so empty. The summer was really slow in terms of donations and as a
result, we urgently need support now."
    The annual Fall Food Drive reminds people about the issues of poverty
around the time of Thanksgiving and gives the public the opportunity to get
involved in the fight against hunger. As a food and fund raiser, it allows
most anyone to get involved.
    "Every little bit helps," says Nyberg, "It is as easy as dropping off a
can or two or more. There is an immediate need to fill because thousands of
adults and children in this city are going hungry every month. The donations
we receive now will carry us and many low-income people through to our next
drive."

    
    Daily Bread's 2007 Who's Hungry report revealed:
    -  905,543 people were served by a neighbourhood food bank from April
       2006-March 2007 in the GTA, an increase of 1.3% over 2006 and an 81%
       increase since 1995;
    -  Children comprised 34% of all food bank clients;;
    -  27% of households using food banks have at least one person working;
    -  Over half of all food banks clients (54%) say they regularly need more
       food than food banks are able to provide.
    

    GENERAL FOOD DRIVE INFORMATION

    The fastest, easiest way to make a financial gift is online at
dailybread.ca. A second option is to donate by phone with a credit card by
calling 416-203-0050. Or people can mail cheques to: Daily Bread Food Bank,
191 New Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M8V 2E7. Nutritious, non-perishable food
donations can be dropped off at any fire hall, Loblaws or Real Canadian
Superstore.

    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. 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, T: (416) 203-0050 ext. 238, E: gabrielle@dailybread.ca, C: (416)
450-2196


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