Daily Bread Food Bank kicks off challenging Spring campaign
$200, 000 & 100, 000 lbs of food.
That's what The Daily Bread Food Bank is hoping to pull in during their 3 week spring campaign that starts Saturday.
But hitting that target could be tough.
The Food Bank's Executive Director Gail Nyberg says donations are harder to come by this time of year because people aren't necessarily "in the giving spirit". While holidays like Thanksgiving & Christmas encourage generosity, the same can't be said for the changing of the seasons.
Nyberg says this campaign is critical for the food bank because the donations they take in through April 6th will help keep their shelves stocked through July & August. She says there's "never enough" food through the summer though so Daily Bread needs to the cash to make up the difference.
If you're throwing some extras into your grocery cart to donate, focus on high protein or filling non-perishables. Nyberg says summertime snacks for the kids are appreciated too.
Nyberg says it's important to remember that Daily Bread clients are your neighbours, the person sitting next to you on the bus. Many of those who turn to the food bank for help are newcomers to Canada or struggling to make ends meet with occasional work or short term contract jobs. Nyberg points out that it's tough to make your way out of hard times on an empty belly.
You can make a cash donation through Daily Bread's web site. Food donations can be dropped off at most Toronto grocery stores & at every fire hall.