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December 18, 2009
Toronto paramedics deliver thousands of pounds of food to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank
Staff from the City of Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and paramedics representing the Toronto Paramedics Association (TPA) delivered thousands of pounds of donated food to the Daily Bread Food Bank today. It was enough to fill two ambulances and a Toronto EMS multi-patient bus.

Throughout the month of December, food donations were dropped off by Toronto EMS and the Toronto Paramedic Association staff at 13 ambulance stations across the city. This morning, the food was picked up and driven, to Daily Bread’s warehouse on New Toronto Street.

Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr said, “Good nutrition is a foundation of good health. We are very pleased to support the efforts of the TPA with the donations from Toronto EMS staff.”

Anthony Butera, Director of the TPA, said, “Paramedics are the type of people who want to serve others in the community; our members want to give back. We care for people daily with various health problems. We are thrilled but not surprised that our paramedics have donated so much to the food drive this year.”

Gail Nyberg, Executive Director of Daily Bread Food Bank, said, “We are grateful to Toronto EMS and the Toronto Paramedics Association for once again running this food drive in support of Daily Bread. With client visits up 14 per cent from the same time last year, this donation will help us meet the increase in demand this holiday season.”

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Kim McKinnon, Coordinator Public Information and Media, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, 416-392-2255,
Melissa Mascarin, Communications Assistant, Daily Bread, 416-203-0050 ext. 328,



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