October 08, 2021
Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on the fortunate aspects of our lives and show our appreciation for friends, family and those who support us. At CC&L, we are thankful for our local food banks and the support that they continue to provide in the communities in which we live and work.
Food banks have come to play a vital role in many people’s lives, particularly as COVID-19 has created additional food insecurity for more families across the country. Since the start of the pandemic, food banks have seen a rise of more than 50% in the number of people requiring their services. If the current trend continues, Toronto food banks will see 1.4 million visits by the end of 2021.1
The CC&L Foundation has donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto for a number of years and has recently furthered support with a multi-year commitment. The Daily Bread Food Bank was founded in 1983 and has become one of Canada’s largest food banks. It believes no one should go hungry or face barriers to accessing food. Its nearly 200 food programs across Toronto aim to provide healthy and nutritious meals to people experiencing food insecurity.
“Although a sense of normalcy is returning to our city, for tens of thousands of individuals living in poverty, the reality is very different. In August 2021, there were over 113,000 visits to Daily Bread member food banks – a 67% increase compared to the same time last year,” says Neil Hetherington, CEO, Daily Bread Food Bank. “We are deeply grateful to CC&L for stepping forward this Thanksgiving season with a generous donation that will help ensure that the right to food is realized for our adults, seniors and children experiencing food insecurity in our city.”
About the Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation
Created in 1999, the CC&L Foundation is supported by CC&L Financial Group and its affiliates and it responds to requests from clients, staff and others to fund programs and not-for-profit organizations that help promote a better environment, improvements to education, advances in science and medicine, stronger communities and the arts.