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Jan 17, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Daily Bread survey volunteers needed

Etobicoke Guardian

The Daily Bread Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help with its 2013 surveys.

Each year, the Etobicoke-based food bank conducts surveys of people who rely on their services based on the belief that research is critical to creating social change to reduce poverty.

Volunteers are needed to conduct surveys for two- to three-hour shifts from February to mid-April at more than 50 food banks across the Greater Toronto Area. Shift hours may vary according to the volunteer’s schedule.

The statistics collected from the Daily Bread’s annual survey reflect real issues that affect food bank clients – information that helps promote changes by the government that improve the lives of children and adults living in poverty. Information collected by volunteers is also used to educate the public on Toronto’s hunger crisis so they can enlist in the fight against hunger by pushing the government for change.

According to the 2012 survey, there were 1,123,500 visits to food banks last year – an 18 per cent increase since the pre-recession period (or more than 170,000 additional visits).

“The number of people using food banks and who have to use food banks continues to increase, and any indication that the recession is over is not being experienced by those living on a low wage,” said Daily Bread’s Executive Director Gail Nyberg. “We’re working twofold. First of all, we have to work to make our food banks much more welcoming to people, so people understand that it’s not just them, that a lot of people have fallen on hard times and there isn’t a stigma using a food bank.”

All volunteers must be 19 years of age or older and fluent in English. A special need exists for volunteers who speak any additional language.

For more information about volunteer opportunities with this year’s survey, download a recruitment flyer at www.dailybread.ca

To volunteer, contact Susie at 416-203-0050 x287 or susie@dailybread.ca

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