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December 21, 2010
Toronto Emergency Medical Services and Toronto Paramedic Association volunteers deliver thousands of pounds of food to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank
More than 5,000 pounds/2,250 kilograms of food were delivered by ambulance today to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank. This is the fifth consecutive year City of Toronto EMS and the Toronto Paramedic Association (TPA) have collaborated to gather food for the needy through the Daily Bread Food Bank’s holiday food drive.

“Our TPA members see the need in the community when we attend patients' homes over 750 times every day in Toronto,” said Geoff MacBride, TPA Vice-President. “Collecting food donations at our ambulance stations is the least we can do to help our neighbours this time of year.”

The annual food drive collects donations from Toronto EMS staff and TPA members for a six-week period at ambulance stations across the city. Volunteers gather the donations and then deliver them to the Daily Bread Food Bank in time for the holidays.

“I am always humbled by the generosity of our staff," said Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr. “Our staff are always there to help those in need in our community. This food donation is another example of Toronto EMS’s willingness to help those who are most vulnerable in our city.”

“Toronto EMS and the TPA have always come through for our holiday drive,” said Gail Nyberg, Executive Director of the Daily Bread Food Bank, “This past year we saw one of the largest increases in client visits since the mid 1990s. These donations will help us fill our shelves.”

Toronto EMS and the TPA have collected and donated more than 25,000 pounds of food each of the last five years. This year’s donation filled two ambulances and a multi-patient bus.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Kim McKinnon, Co-ordinator Public Information and media, 416-392-2255,
Sarah Anderson, Senior Manager, Communications, Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank, 416-203-0050, ext 239,
Geoff MacBride, Vice-President, Toronto Paramedic Association, 647-228-9164,



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