Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Toronto Program. For many people in our own community, hunger and poverty are grim day to day realities. Join us in our efforts to help fight hunger year round by becoming an annual donor or through sponsoring a meal service! Your gift will have an immediate impact and make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Join Us In Helping To Take A Bite Out Of Hunger!

Consider Becoming A Monthly Supporter Of The Toronto Lawyers Feed The Hungry Program. Your Monthly Donation Will Have Immediate Impact And Your Gift Can Change A Life!

Led by the efforts of the Fundraising Committee, along with our committed and passionate volunteers, the Law Society Foundation’s monthly giving campaign aims to assist those within our community who are hungry and in need of a hot nutritious meal while at the same time helping to establish a strong and self-sustaining model for the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program. When you donate through the Law Society Foundation you are directly doing your part to helping those members of our community in need.

By joining the Law Society Foundation’s Monthly Giving Circle you have partnered with a special group of supporters from within the legal community reaching out each month to provide a hot meal to those who truly need it.

The meal services take place four times per week with breakfast being served on Sunday and Thursday mornings, and with dinner services taking place on Tuesday and Wednesdays in the cafeteria of Osgoode Hall located in the Law Society of Ontario’s historic building in downtown Toronto.

Thank you for your generosity and for stepping up to the plate!

 

About the Program

The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program has provided hot, healthy community meals to Toronto residents in need since 1998. This important year-round program, providing more than 60,000 meals a year, is made possible thanks to generous donations to The Law Society Foundation and the work of our committed volunteers.

Meals are served in the Law Society of Ontario's cafeteria at 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, on:

  • Tuesday nights for dinner at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday nights for dinner at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday mornings for breakfast at 6:45 a.m.
  • Sunday mornings for breakfast at 10 a.m.

Sponsoring the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program is a great way for members of Toronto's legal community — and others — to help support some of the neediest residents of our city.

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Program Highlights

Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto program revenues

For January to December 2017, Toronto Program revenues totalled $1,061,950. To view dollar values in the chart above, hover over one of its sections.
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Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto program expenses

To operate and fundraise for the Program for the period of January to December 2017, a total of $470,615 was spent, with $408,073 attributable to the direct operation of the Program, and $62,542 to fundraising costs. To view dollar values in the chart above, hover over one of its sections.
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Volunteers

The Law Society Foundation's Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our approximately 115 active volunteers.

Our volunteers arrive early to prepare Osgoode Hall cafeteria and stay late to clean up after the meal. This tight-knit group includes law students, lawyers, high school students, paralegals, City of Toronto employees and a cross-section of Toronto's legal and general community.

Come out and join the team! For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator responsible for the day of the week for which you would like to volunteer.

  • Tuesday Dinner – Volunteers should arrive between 4:00 P.M - 4:30 P.M.
    Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Ross amandaross755@gmail.com

  • Wednesday Dinner - Volunteers should arrive between 4:00 P.M - 4:30 P.M.
    Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Ross amandaross755@gmail.com

  • Thursday Breakfast – Volunteers should arrive by 6:30 A.M
    Volunteer Coordinator, Jay Brecher jay.brecher@gmail.com

  • Sunday Breakfast – Volunteers should arrive by 8:30 A.M.
    Volunteer Coordinator, David Bronskill dbronskill@goodmans.ca

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New volunteers need to contact the volunteer coordinator in advance.

Volunteer Relationship with the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program
The relationship between volunteers and the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program (the Program) does not create a legally binding contract. The Program embraces volunteerism on the understanding that volunteer services are received at its sole discretion, and that any volunteer’s relationship with the Program may be terminated by either side at any time for any reason.

Volunteer Spotlights

Amanda Ross

Amanda Ross, a lawyer with the City of Toronto, has been volunteering since 2000 and is the volunteer coordinator for the Tuesday and Wednesday dinners. "Being part of a Program whose goal is to serve our guests like family, with warmth and dignity, is a privilege and an honour, both as a lawyer and a member of the community."  Amanda also coordinates the sponsorships for the Tuesday and Wednesday dinners.

Get involved with this committed team by contacting Amanda Ross at amandaross755@gmail.com.

Jay Brecher

Lawyers Feed the Hungry volunteer Jay BrecherThe self-described "unofficial coordinator" for Toronto's Thursday morning breakfast is LexisNexis Canada Managing Editor Jay Brecher. Someone who would rather eschew the limelight, Jay notes that he assumed the coordinating role because he is one of the longest serving Thursday morning volunteers, with a consistent attendance record. "This is a commitment I can make long-term," he says. "It's a worthwhile cause affiliated with the legal profession. It's rewarding in so many ways."

To join this dedicated group, contact jay.brecher@gmail.com.

David Bronskill

Lawyers Feed the Hungry volunteer David BronskillFresh out of law school in 2000, Goodman's lawyer David Bronskill discovered community service work is rewarding and a good time — so much so that he recruited his mom Pat and dad Mike to join him in volunteering for the Sunday Lawyers Feed the Hungry breakfast. The trio are still at it today, with David in the lead as the meal coordinator. "Sunday morning is something we all look forward to," he says. "The relationship between the guests and volunteers is one like family."

You too can make an impact on Sunday mornings. For more information, contact David at dbronskill@goodmans.ca.

Code of Conduct

The Law Society Foundation is committed to diversity and social inclusion and to meeting its obligations under law. It is committed to providing an environment that respects the rights of every individual as set out in its Code of Conduct.

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Key Supporters/Donors

The organizing committee of the Ken and Bugsy Charity Golf Tournament, under the leadership of Michael Gary, have supported the Toronto Program for 14 years now.  The committee’s tireless efforts have raised over $750,000 for the Program since its first tournament.

2017 Marked the inaugural Major Gift Matching Challenge of the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program thanks to the generosity of Seymour Schulich and the Schulich Foundation who provided a $100,000 lead gift which was then matched by members of the legal community raising a total of $266,000 for the Program.

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Upcoming Events

HOLD THE DATE! Help chalk one up against hunger! The annual Billiards with the Bar Fundraiser in support of the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Time: 6:30PM-10:30PM

Where: The Rivoli

334 Queen Street West, 

2nd Floor, Toronto

M5V 2A2

Ticket Price:   $60 per person - includes appetizers with a cash bar

To register of for more information, please click on the following link.

Past Events

The 14th Annual Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament- June 13, 2018

The Law Society Foundation thanks all participants and donors to the 2018 Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament held on June 13th at Diamondback Golf Club. This year's tournament raised $115,000 for The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program, over $900,000 in 14 years. Special thanks to our honoree and guest speaker Justice John David McCombs.

2018 Tournament Organizing Committee

  • Jonathan Rosenthal
  • Jeremy Lum-Danson
  • Peter Danson
  • Francesca Yaskiel
  • Adam Newman
  • Michael Gary
  • Dwayne White
  • Amanda Ross

We gratefully acknowledge all sponsors for their generous support.

PLATINUM SPONSOR $10,000
Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan

SILVER SPONSORS $5,000
Henein Hutchison LLP
Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
Hull & Hull LLP
Jonathan Rosenthal
The Law Society of Ontario

BRONZE SPONSORS $3,000
Addario Law Group LLP
Bernstein, Newman & Associates
Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP
Diamond & Diamond Lawyers LLP
Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein
Innovative Case Management Inc.
JK Hannaford Barristers
Macdonald Sager Manis LLP
Neinstein, Personal Injury Lawyers
Peter Connelly
Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP

HOLE SPONSORS $1,000
Amanda Ross
Cooper Iron & Metal Inc.
Crowe Soberman
Goldblatt Partners LLP
Greenspan Partners LLP
Jeffrey Milligan
Joanna Perlmutar and Richard Sherman
Justice Rachel Grinberg
Neeson Court Reporting Inc.
Recovery Science Corporation
Ross Barristers
Singer Kwinter
Spark LLP
Tom’s Place
Toronto Lawyers Association
X-Copper Professional Corporation

LUNCH SPONSOR
St. Urbain Bagel

Bowl-A-Thon In Support of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry - April 8th, 2018

On Sunday, April 8, 2018 over 100 participants came out to the Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser in support of the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program and to honour the memory of Marty Teplitsky who founded the program in 1998. The organizing committee did a wonderful job in organizing this event and raising important funds to support the program. The Law Society Foundation appreciates the generosity of all sponsors and donors to the event.

Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One up Against Hunger 2017

The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the participants and contributors for their support of the 4th annual Billiards with Bar: Chalk One up Against Hunger held at the Rivoli on October 24, 2017.
The event was hosted by Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, Toronto Lawyers Association and The Law Society Foundation
This event raised approximately $9,200 (almost $40,000 to date), to provide a much-needed funding for the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program, a worthy cause that serves hot meals to those who need it most.
More than 60 lawyers attended, making the fundraiser a great success.

 Table Sponsors

  • Bernstein, Newman Barristers & Solicitors
  • Dutton Brock LLP
  • Hull & Hull LLP
  • LAWPRO
  • Singer Barristers Professional Corporation   
  • Sotos LLP
  • Thomson Reuters