“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” rings the infamous Christmas song, sang by Andy Williams.
Although for some people, this wonderful time of year represents a time of worry, anxiety, and stress as tasks like feeding one’s family become increasingly difficult.
With this in mind, we uphold the work of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, ON for this #CharityTuesday blog post.
According to its website, the Daily Bread’s vision is: “Fighting to end hunger in our communities.”
What is especially admirable about the work of the Daily Bread Food Bank is that the organization not only meets the need of those who are hungry, but it also is working proactively to reduce poverty and end hunger. Thus, its mission is three-fold:
- Providing food and resources for hungry people.
- Mobilizing greater support, involvement and action.
- Creating social change to reduce poverty through research, education and advocacy.
The need for food to feed families is an increasingly overwhelming need. Consider the following statement about the scope of work that the Daily Bread Food Bank conducts within the Greater Toronto Area:
A leader in the fight against hunger, Daily Bread Food Bank distributes food through over 200 food banks and meal programs across Toronto. Daily Bread provides food for an average of 63,000 visits a month to food banks and prepares more than 3000 nutritious meals in its kitchen that are sent out every week to shelters, hostels and neighbourhood meal programs. We are the largest provider of food relief in the GTA.
As you consider giving this season, perhaps to a food bank, please try to remain open-minded and non-judgmental about who uses and needs such services. You would be surprised to learn of the colleagues, neighbours, and network connections who have had to use a food bank at some point in their lives due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances.
With this in mind, please consider donating up one or two extra canned goods every time you go grocery shopping to place in your community’s food bank collection box, because it is not just the major holiday seasons in which food is needed. Even if you don’t live in the GTA, you can easily give to your own local food bank, often times right in your own grocery store.
Could you imagine how easily we could end hunger if we collectively gave away a few extra canned goods during our weekly grocery trips?