Giving Back to our Community
Here at Intelex we believe that investing in our communities is an important part of the fabric of our company’s identity. Intelex employees have actively been involved with The Ronald McDonald House, raised awareness for the Movember Foundation, organized a bake sale for the Humane Society and donated to the Shoebox Project, just to name a few of the projects we’ve been involved with.
More recently, our latest initiative saw our team volunteering their time at Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank. The Intelex team visited the Toronto facility and helped sort through donations as part of the organization’s Spring Food Drive.
Our group of volunteers sifted through expired food items, sorted food into specific boxes and utilized the Food Bank’s labeling and packaging system to ensure a high level of quality assurance. After hours of careful inspection, the food items that made it through inspection process went onto the shelves to be distributed to families and individuals in need.
The Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) rely on food banks. The Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto and is the largest provider of food relief in the GTA. Last year, The Daily Bread distributed almost 9 million pounds of food to member agencies, and provided food hampers for over 700,000 visits. Additionally, The Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to address hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.
Why the Daily Bread Food Bank?
For the 6th year in a row GTA food banks have seen over one million visits, with an increase of nearly 40 per cent in Toronto’s inner suburbs since 2008. (Source: Daily Food Bank Hunger 2014 Hunger Report). Poverty and hunger are often hidden in the GTA and other indicators of how people are faring in the economy, such as unemployment rates, only tell part of the story.
Unfortunately, over the last few years, there has been an increase in the amount of people that are coming to food banks for longer periods than they have before. A few years ago people came on average for 12 months; now it’s 18 months. It is taking longer for people to get back on their feet after losing a job, or if they are disabled they are having a harder time keeping up with costs of living on stagnant incomes.
How you can get Involved
The Daily Food Bank is always on the lookout for ready and willing volunteers to help fill out administrative positions, warehouse positions, and to be able to sort food donations. Volunteering options are available for both individuals and for groups, so anyone interested in becoming involved should consult The Daily Bread Food Bank’s official website for more information. The Daily Bread Food Bank also accepts corporate teams, office groups, schools, service organizations, alumni groups, associations, fraternities, sororities, and religious organizations as well. Groups must book their times in advance and should keep group numbers anywhere between four and thirty people.
We encourage everyone at Intelex to go out and volunteer together, anywhere and anytime!