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Sarah’s 7th Annual Food Drive!

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Sarah sitting on a mountain of cans at the Daily Bread Food BankWith the first week of school behind us, Sarah’s Food Drive is once again just around the corner. Here are a few key dates, and Sarah and Claire’s goal for this year’s drive.

This year’s food drive will run from September 27th to October 12th

Starting September 27th, you will once again be able to drop off food at McDowell’s valu-mart at 1500 Bayview Avenue. McDowell’s valu-mart will also be hosting a BBQ on Saturday, October 11th.

The school challenge will run from October 6th to October 10th. This year, there are 13 schools involved in this year’s Battle of Bayview (East vs West).

Sarah and Claire’s goal this year is to raise 70,000 pounds of food. They will need the help of everyone in our community to help make this happen!

Look for updates in the coming weeks.

Mark, Lynda, Sarah and Claire

Sarah nominated for 2014 MeToWe Award!

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Sarah Fighting Hunger photo

We have some exciting news to share! Sarah has been nominated for the Canadian Living Me to We Awards in the Youth in Action Category (under 12 category). She is one of only 3 nominees from across the country. We are thrilled that Sarah and her work with Sarah’s Food Drive have been recognized!

The winner will be decided by online vote. Voting is open from May 27th until June 6th. The winner will win $3,000 for their charity of choice.

This would be such a great way to kick off Sarah’s 7th Annual Food Drive…and much needed money for the Daily Bread Food Bank, especially at this time of year.

Please click on the link below and vote for Sarah! It only takes a minute to do! Sarah is in the YOUTH in ACTION (under 12 category).
MeToWe Awards

Once you have voted, please forward it to your friends and family and encourage them to vote and share it with their friends. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

The success of the food drive has always been through the strong support of the community and the School Challenge. We want to thank each of you for your time, your vote and your continued support of this cause.

Best regards,

Sarah, Claire, Lynda and Mark

We raised 60,995 pounds! Thank you!

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The final numbers are in, and we are thrilled to announce that this year, we raised a total of 60,995 pounds of food for The Daily Bread Food Bank!

We exceeded our target of 24,000 pounds by over 150%! An amazing result that couldn’t have happened without the involvement of so many people.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have been involved in Sarah’s 6th Annual Food Drive.

Many thanks to all of the students, teachers, daycares, administrators and families who took part in the Battle of Bayview School Challenge.

Thanks to all of our neighbours and friends who dropped off food at our home or at Tremblett’s Valu-Mart or made a donation online.

Thanks to our corporate friends; Kraft Canada, Neal Brothers Foods and Nutshell Live Life Well for their extremely generous donations.

Thanks to Premier Kathleen Wynne for her support of the campaign and of the School Challenge.

Thanks to all those who bought Thanksgiving holiday hampers, all of which have been distributed to 160 GTA families in need, who had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal because of your generosity.

Many thanks to Tremblett’s Valu-Mart and their entire staff, who, along with Patrick Rocca of Bosley Real Estate, hosted an amazing BBQ celebration for all of the students involved in the food drive.

Thanks to Jon Burnside, The Toronto Police and Toronto Fire Departments and to Academic Ads for their support during the community BBQ.

Thanks to Davidson’s Valu-Mart, our newest community drop-off location.

Thanks to Jen Ego and Pawsitively Pets for their support and promotion of this year’s campaign.

Thanks to so many of you for sharing your individual stories about how the food drive has impacted your home.

Thanks to our friends at The Daily Bread Food Bank for their help and support.

And last but not least, thanks to Rob and Jessi Tremblett for their amazing community support for the food drive. We are so lucky to have you as partners and to have your business in our neighbourhood.

Time to reflect on what we as a community have achieved this year.

See you next year!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Team WEST wins the Battle of Bayview!

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East vs West
Sarah set a goal for this year’s campaign of raising 24,000 pounds of food. That was a goal for the ENTIRE two week period.

We are thrilled to announce that The Battle of Bayview nearly raised that amount in the School Challenge alone!

Here are results:

TEAM EAST COMBINED TOTAL: 10,665 pounds of food (per capita 6.4 pounds of food per student)
TEAM WEST COMBINED TOTAL: 12,620 pounds of food (per capita 10.2 pounds of food per student)
TOTAL RAISED FOR BATTLE OF BAYVIEW: 23,196 POUNDS OF FOOD (per capita 8 pounds of food per student)


Congratulations to Bennington Heights, Maurice Cody and Blythwood!! Many thanks to each of you for your help, leadership and enthusiasm for Sarah’s Food Drive and the Battle of Bayview! We are so thankful to all six schools, teachers, parents and administrators for eagerly coming on board and embracing this drive with such passion.

On behalf of our family and our friends at The Daily Bread Food Bank, I would like to wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Neal Brothers and Nutshell donate more than 12,000 pounds

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Neal Brothers logoNutshell logo

For the past two years, Sarah’s Food Drive has benefited from the tremendous generosity of Peter and Chris Neal of Neal Brothers Foods. This year, they have contributed in tremendous fashion in conjunction with ‘Nutshell – Live Life Well’ stores, together donating over 12,000 pounds of food to the 6th annual food drive. That is over 1/2 of Sarah’s goal for the drive.

Thanks to Peter Neal of Neal Brothers for coordinating both the donation of food from Neal Brothers as well as the donation from Nutshell.

We sincerely appreciate the donations! They go a long way to helping hit Sarah’s goal this year.

Less than a week to go! We still need your help!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

160 Thanksgiving hampers built!

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On Saturday, October 5th, Tremblett’s valu-mart hosted a BBQ and Thanksgiving hamper build in support of Sarah’s Food Drive. From noon until 5, Rob and Jessi Tremblett hosted a BBQ. Hamburgers and hot dogs were available in return for a donation to Sarah’s Food Drive.

Over 30 local kids then helped build 160 Thanksgiving hampers that were purchased by customers of Tremblett’s, as well as local businesses.

The hampers were also part of a challenge from Kraft Canada — where Kraft donated $100 for every hamper purchased (up to $10,000). Kraft Canada was on hand to hand over a cheque for $10,000!

Over $750 was raised from the BBQ, and over 20 bins of food were picked up by The Daily Bread Food Bank.

A great way to end the first week of the food drive! There is still one week to go. The drive ends on October 13th.

Here are some pictures from the day:

Thank you to everyone who purchased a hamper or volunteered on Saturday to help build the hampers!

One week to go! We still need your help!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

The Kraft Canada Challenge

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Kraft logo
We are pleased to announce the corporate support of Kraft Canada. Kraft Canada has come on board in a very unique way, namely to challenge people to buy Thanksgiving holiday hampers, in support of the food drive.

Thanksgiving holiday hampers have been an important part of Sarah’s Food Drive and over the past two years, over 350 hampers have been assembled and distributed to families in need.

The annual Thanksgiving holiday hamper build is also an opportunity for the local community to come out and contribute in a grass roots way. Families and children are invited to assemble the hampers, thereby giving them a deeper connection to the cause.

Holiday hampers are available for purchase at Tremblett’s Valu-Mart (1500 Bayview Ave.) for $25. Each hamper includes a frozen ham or turkey and all the fixings for a complete Thanksgiving meal for a family in need. They will be distributed by The Daily Bread Food Bank.

The Kraft Canada Challenge

For every Thanksgiving holiday hamper purchased at Tremblett’s Valu-Mart, Kraft will donate $100 to Sarah’s Food Drive, to a maximum of 100 hampers (or $10,000).

The Thanksgiving holiday hampers are on sale now and can be purchased until Saturday October 5th at 2:30pm.

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

The Battle of Bayview! School Challenge – East vs West

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East vs West

We are just days away from the start of the School Challenge in support of Sarah’s Food Drive. This year, there are 6 schools participating, and we have organized them into a Battle of Bayview ‘East vs West’.

TEAM EAST: Northlea, Bessborough, Rolph Road
TEAM WEST: Bennington Heights, Maurice Cody, Blythwood

The Challenge runs from September 30th – October 4th. During that time, students are encouraged to bring in items much needed by the Daily Bread Food Bank.

You can also contribute to your school by making a donation online through your school’s personalized donation page:

Bennington Heights donation page
Bessborough donation page
Rolph Road donation page
Northlea donation page
Maurice Cody PS donation page
Blythwood Jr PS donation page

Both Sarah and her sister, Claire, will be speaking at assemblies at each of the 6 schools to officially kick-off the School Challenge.

Good luck to all schools involved in the challenge!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

New logo!

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Hi everyone.

We have a new logo for the food drive this year. My mum and dad and I worked with and asked people to design a logo. We had over 100 designs created and we picked one from Dan Budzban. Dan is a sixth grade teacher in Arizona.

We love the design he came up with. We hope you do too!