Day by day Bread cancels vacation meals drive occasions amid COVID-19, urges residents to drop off donations at grocery shops and fireplace stations

One of many metropolis’s largest meals banks has needed to cancel all of its deliberate vacation meals drive occasions as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and is now inserting its hopes within the generosity of Torontonians because it embarks on the momentous problem of making an attempt to gather 400,000 kilos of meals by particular person donations alone.

The Day by day Bread Meals Financial institution had deliberate to carry a drive-thru, contactless meals drive at its Etobicoke warehouse this month following the success of the same occasion within the lead as much as Thanksgiving.

However the surging variety of COVID-19 infections in Toronto has now pressured the meals financial institution to cancel that occasion, together with its annual vacation meals kind.

That signifies that if the Day by day Bread Meals Financial institution is to succeed in its aim of amassing 400,000 kilos of meals this month, it’ll have to take action strictly on the premise of particular person monetary contributions in addition to meals drop-offs to grocery shops and fireplace stations.

“This may imply not sufficient meals coming into Day by day Bread however we simply didn’t really feel comfy with even being perceived as drawing people collectively for an occasion,” Day by day Bread CEO Neil Heatherington stated throughout a press convention on Tuesday morning. “So we made a tough resolution and our hope is that in asserting that at this time people will proceed to assist the meals elevating efforts however do it in as protected a fashion as attainable and that’s to do it individually and have the meals despatched right here or to make a web based donation.”

Heatherington stated that visits to Day by day Bread meals banks have elevated 51 per cent this yr, doubtless as a result of monetary and unemployment disaster that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He stated that the meals financial institution has tried to maintain up with the surge in demand as a lot as attainable and can ship 1.1 million kilos of meals to households in want within the subsequent 4 weeks alone.

The issue, he stated, is that half of the donations to the meals financial institution normally arrive in December and with the lack of its annual vacation drive occasions there a threat that the quantity collected could possibly be much less this yr when it’s wanted essentially the most.

“We’ve proper now seen a 51 per cent improve (in demand) and we’re not seeing the pattern line flatten out in any respect. So we’re very involved,” he stated. “When you look again to the 2008 recession the best quantity of meals financial institution utilization truly got here two years after that tough fall. So if previous is prologue then we’re deeply involved concerning the lengthy haul right here.”