Spring Drive launches during March Break Madness volunteer event
TORONTO, March 16, 2012 /CNW/ - While the days grow warmer, the shelves at Daily Bread Food Bank have started looking barer. That's why this year's Spring Drive is aiming to raise $300,000 and 300,000 pounds of food in order to restock.
"We've set a slightly higher goal for the Spring Drive this year and we know it's going to be a challenge. If we can raise $300,000 and 300,000 pounds of food during this drive, it means families in Toronto won't go hungry," says Daily Bread's executive director, Gail Nyberg.
While families sorted and packed food donations during Daily Bread's annual youth volunteer event, March Break Madness, Daily Bread's transportation department was getting ready for what will hopefully be a busy few weeks of picking up donations from local fire halls and community food drives.
"We have seven trucks that are often on the road up to ten hours a day," says Laurie Snyder, senior manager of operations. "Not only are our drivers delivering the food to food banks and meal programs, they are also picking up extra food during the drive which means we plan on having trucks out on Saturdays and volunteers drivers helping us out."
The Spring Drive runs until April 13. You can make a difference by donating online at www.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.
Drop off nutritious, non-perishable food at any fire hall. 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 cartons of milk; macaroni and cheese; bags of rice; cans of lentils and beans; hearty soup or stew and bags of lentils.
As Canada's largest food bank, Daily Bread Food Bank serves people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in almost 170 member agencies across Toronto. Find out more about Daily Bread at www.dailybread.ca.
Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in our communities.
For further information:
(A) Director, Communications
T: 416-203-0050 ext. 238