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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