ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Apr. 30, 2019 – On Friday May 3, the BarBurrito at 165 N Queen St will be hosting a food drive in support of Daily Bread Food Bank in Etobicoke. If you bring a food donation to help fight hunger in the community, you can get a burrito for only $5.
Etobicoke is home to one of the highest poverty rates in the GTA. According to a 2018 report, the unemployment rate in Etobicoke North was 10.6% and 37% of children under the age of 6 were living in poverty. Daily Bread reported that there were almost 150,000 visits to food banks in Etobicoke, which has gone up 170% over the last decade.
Speaking to The Toronto Star, Gary Williams revealed how he became homeless at 16 after running away from a foster home. For 12 years, he slept wherever he could find shelter until he met his wife and started a family. With the help of Daily Bread, where he also volunteers, they are able to support their family of six.
Daily Bread distributes fresh produce, non-perishable food, and ready-made hot meals to over 100 member agencies. Last year, they distributed 10 million pounds of food and delivered 5000 hot meals weekly to individuals in need. Their 20-20 Vision is a commitment that 20 low-income neighbourhoods will get 20% more food, with 4 of the neighbourhoods located in Etobicoke.
« We want to give back to the community that welcomed us so openly », explains BarBurrito franchisee Shreya Sutaria. « You never really know who is in need – it could be our customers, our neighbours, our employees. » Sutaria is one of four partners of the BarBurrito on N Queen St that opened up 4 months ago near Sherway Gardens.
Visit BarBurrito at 165 N Queen St on May 3 to donate to the food drive and get a regular classic burrito for $5.
Daily Bread is in need of the following items:
- Peanut butter
- Canned fruit
- Canned soup
- Canned stew, chili, etc.
- Beans (lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc.)
- Pasta sauce
- Canned fish (tuna in water)
- Canned vegetables (tomatoes, corn, peas etc.)
- Baby food
- Baby formula
- 100% fruit juices
About BarBurrito Restaurants Inc.
BarBurrito is a chain of 87 fast-casual restaurants across Canada. Alex Shtein founded the company in Toronto in 2005 when he saw a need for fresh, fast, high-quality Tex-Mex food. The brand operates in 6 provinces coast-to-coast, with plans to expand to the Atlantic provinces and the US. For more information about the company and its products, please visit www.barburrito.ca
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