As part of its spring food drive, the Daily Bread Food Bank collected more than 25,000 pounds of food on Saturday. The food will be distributed to people throughout the city by the food bank’s member agencies. The food bank has received an average of 105,000 client visits per month over the last six months, which is 51% more than the previous year.
According to the Food Bank CEO, the number of people using food banks in Toronto has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck in 2020. The Daily Bread Food Bank hopes to raise 225,000 pounds of food by April 30. According to a news release from the food bank, the Easter long weekend drive will help toward that goal. “Everything is broken. We have an opportunity to advocate for solutions “Neil Hetherington, CEO, stated.
“They’re coming to us for emergency food assistance,” Hetherington says. According to him, the proportion of Black, Indigenous, and people of color using the food bank in Toronto is disproportionately high. People can still help the spring food drive by doing the following: Food donations can be dropped off at any of the city’s fire stations.
People can donate money by going to the Daily Bread website or by ordering food online and having it delivered directly to the warehouse. People can sign up to be community champions and organize food drives or fundraisers in their own communities.
News and picture source: CBC