Daily Bread Food Bank – NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release – August 18, 2004


TORONTO, ON – Stompin’ Tom Connors is set to auction off his stompin’ board in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank.  On Friday, August 20, Connors concludes his “One Man – One Country” tour with a concert in Toronto at Massey Hall.  As is his tradition at the end of a tour, his famous stompin’ board will be auctioned off in support of a charity at the concert.  In 1999, a fan paid $10,000 to help Daily Bread feed hungry people and took home a piece of Canada’s musical heritage.  On Friday, fans are asked to come prepared to help those people who depend upon the Daily Bread Food Bank.

The demand for food relief in the Greater Toronto Area has increased to record levels since 1999.  A virtual food drive is now a necessity in the summer because demand outstrips supply.  The tremendous need that exists severely strains Daily Bread’s ability to stretch food received in the spring until the Thanksgiving food drive.  This summer’s virtual food drive is currently underway and runs until September 3.  People are encouraged to participate by making a donation online at: www.givegroceries.com.  The auction provides another opportunity to highlight the immediate, urgent need for financial support for food relief and helps to ensure Daily Bread can effectively serve its clients.  All of th efunds generated by the virtual food drive will be used to buy food – especially to ensure the availability of staple products until the Thanksgiving food drive is held.

“Stompin’ Tom knows first-hand how difficult it is to live and improve your situation in life without enough food to eat,” says Sue Cox, executive director of Daily Bread.  “Unfortunately, too many other people are facing the same struggle today.  The auction of the stompin’ board comes as we urgently seek funds through a virtual food drive.  Stompin’ Tom’s additional support is greatly appreciated.”

The Daily Bread Food Bank is dedicated to eliminating hunger in and around Toronto by providing food for hungry people.  Daily Bread serves the majority of the 175,000 people who rely on food relief programs in the GTA each month.  Food is provided through over 200 different programs.  Daily Bread also aims to put an end to the root causes of hunger by educating the public, conducting research and advocating realistic government policies to end poverty and hunger.  It is a non-profit, charitable organization.

For More information: James Howe, Coordinator, Communications and issue Marketing, Daily Bread Food Bank, 416-203-0050 x 238, www.dailybread.ca
A non-profit, charitable organization working to eliminate hunger in the great Toronto area.