Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry

Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry


In Memoriam Martin Teplitsky, O.Ont., Q.C., LSM

The Law Society Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Martin Teplitsky, O.Ont., Q.C., LSM, on July 14, 2016.

Called to the Bar in 1966, Mr. Teplitsky distinguished himself as a mediator-arbitrator, lawyer, teacher, legal scholar and dedicated community leader.  He earned his LLB with honours from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (‘64).

In 1998, Mr. Teplitsky founded the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program. He and then-Law Society bencher Nancy Backhouse, his wife, believed that Toronto’s legal community had the capacity to help feed people in need. They shared their vision with the Law Society’s Treasurer at the time, and that same year, the Toronto Program began preparing and serving meals to the hungry in the Law Society’s cafeteria at Osgoode Hall.  The Toronto Program continues to provide more than 60,000 meals a year to Toronto residents in need. 

Mr. Teplitsky was a senior partner of Teplitsky Colson LLP, of which he founded with Robert Colson in the early 1980s. As a highly regarded civil litigation lawyer, Mr. Teplitsky authored books and articles on civil procedure and labour law, tort law, arbitration and mediation. He was a sought-after keynote speaker and lecturer. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1980.

Many awards and honours have been presented to him for his distinguished career. The Law Society recognized Mr. Teplitsky with its Law Society Medal in 1998. The Medal is given to outstanding lawyers in Ontario whose service reflects the highest ideals of the profession. In 2011, his advocacy skills and unwavering commitment to law and community service were recognized with his appointment to the Order of Ontario.

Mr. Teplitsky will be remembered by the Law Society Foundation for the remarkable contributions he made to the legal profession and in particular, to the greater community.

In memory of Mr. Teplitsky, donations may be made to the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.


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 Upper Canada'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 2016, Toronto Program revenues totalled $755,023. 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 2016, a total of $436,929 was spent, with $388,677 attributable to the direct operation of the Program, and $48,252 to fundraising costs. To view dollar values in the chart above, hover over one of its sections.
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The Law Society Foundation's Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our approximately 80 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, City of Toronto employees and a cross-section of Toronto's legal 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

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

  • Thursday Breakfast – Volunteers should arrive by 6:30 A.M
    Volunteer Coordinator, Jay Brecher

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

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

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

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


If you are interested in volunteering during one of our monthly volunteer days, please reach out to Aviva Malka at

For a list of the monthly volunteer dates please select this link.


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 12 years now.  The committee’s tireless efforts have raised over $750,000 for the Program since its first tournament.

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Upcoming Events

  • Billiards With The Bar - Chalk One Up Against Hunger - October 24th, 2017 at the Rivoli. Please refer to the event flyer for all details.


  • 14th Annual Bugsy & Ken Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.


Recent Events

The 13th Annual Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament- June 14, 2017

The 13th Annual Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament took place on Wednesday June 14, 2017 at the DiamondBack Golf Club. Keeping with tradition, each year the colleagues, friends and families of David H. Newman, Q.C. and Ken Danson pay tribute to their memory by organizing and supporting this successful event. This year’s honourees were The Honourable George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario and Elyse Strathy. The Honourable George Strathy spoke eloquently about his and Elyse’s personal experience as long standing volunteers to the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program.

124 in combined golfers and dinner attendees came out to show their support and raised net proceeds of about $138,000 in support of the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.  Many attendees also participated in a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the program.
The Law Society Foundation extends its deep gratitude and appreciation to the organizing committee for its unwavering commitment to the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program, and for putting together such a fantastic and well attended event.

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



  • Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan


  • Hull & Hull LLP
  • Henein Hutchison LLP
  • York Heritage Group


  • Addario Law Group LLP
  • Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP
  • Diamond & Diamond Lawyers
  • Frank Gomberg
  • Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein
  • Innovative Case Management Inc.
  • Jonathan Rosenthal
  • JK Hannaford Barristers
  • Michael Kleinmam / Macdonald Sager Manis LLP
  • Osgoode Professional Development, York University
  • Peter Connelly
  • Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP
  • Sokoloff Lawyers
  • Stevenson Whelton Macdonald & Swan LLP
  • Stockwoods LLP
  • The Faculty 0f Osgoode Hall Law School


  • Amanda Ross
  • Bernstein, Newman
  • Cooper Iron & Metal Inc.
  • Crowe Soberman
  • Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Greenspan Partners LLP
  • Greg Lafontaine
  • Jeffrey Milligan
  • John and Seanna Callaghan
  • Neeson Court Reporting Inc.
  • Neuberger & Partners LLP
  • Perennial Asset Management
  • Rachel Grinberg, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Ross Barristers
  • Symon Zucker
  • Singer Kwinter
  • Tom’s Place
  • X-Copper Professional Corporation


Bowl-A-Thon In Support of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry - April 9th, 2017

On Sunday, April 9, 2017 over 120 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 2016

The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the participants and contributors for their support of the Billiard with Bar: Chalk One up Against Hunger held on November 8, 2016. This event raised approximately $10,000 to provide a much-needed funding boost for the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program. Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, Toronto Lawyers Association and The Law Society Foundation hosted the event at the Rivoli for a worthy cause that serves hot meals to those who need it most. More than 100 lawyers attended, making the fundraiser a great success.



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