Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry

Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry


Law Society Board Members Help Take a Bite out of Hunger

Law Society Treasurer Janet Minor and more than a dozen benchers donned aprons, rolled up their sleeves and served meals to guests at the Wednesday night dinner on September 9th. Visit the Treasurer’s Blog for photos and more.

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:

  • Wednesday nights for dinner at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday mornings for breakfast at 6:45 a.m.
  • Friday nights for dinner at 5 p.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 2014, Toronto Program revenues totalled $431,288. 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 2014, a total of $418,764 was spent, with $362,893 attributable to the direct operation of the Program, and $55,871 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.

  • Wednesday Dinner - Volunteers should arrive between 3:00 P.M - 4:30 P.M.
    Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Ross

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

  • Friday Dinner – Volunteers should arrive between 4:00 P.M - 4:30 P.M.
    Volunteer Coordinators, 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

Alison Rose

Lawyers Feed the Hungry volunteer Alison RoseOrchestrating behind the scenes on Wednesday and Friday nights is dinner coordinator Alison Rose, one of the longest serving volunteers of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program. When she's also not juggling pre and post-dinner tasks, Alison is an award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker and magazine writer. On her 11-year commitment to the program, Alison says, "I grew up in small towns where just about everyone volunteers. This program is how I stay in touch with my community. It's an important part of my life."

Get involved with this committed team by contacting Amanda Ross at as Alison currently needs to devote herself to one project.

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

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

In the winter of 1998, civil litigation lawyer Martin Teplitsky was working as a volunteer in Toronto's grassroots Out of the Cold program.

Mr. Teplitsky, and then-Bencher Nancy Backhouse thought that Toronto's legal community had the capacity to help. To make that happen, they turned to The Law Society of Upper Canada and then-Treasurer Harvey Strosberg.  Mr. Strosberg believed in the idea and used his office to move it forward.  

With the in-kind support of The Law Society of Upper Canada, The Law Society Foundation's generous donors, and dozens of hard-working volunteers, the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program has run year-round since 1998.

Besides his personal commitment of time and guidance, Mr. Teplitsky is a leading donor to the program.  This leadership commitment has inspired many others to support the program through volunteerism and charitable gifts.

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Upcoming Events

The 12th Annual Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament- June 15, 2016

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. To date, over $550,000 has been raised by the annual tournament for the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program. Marie Henien



We are thrilled to announce that this year’s honoree and guest speaker is Marie Henein, a zealous champion for justice who makes time to help those in need.




Tournament Schedule

Registration: 10:30a.m- 12:30 p.m.
Driving range open: 10:30a.m- 12:30 p.m.
Box lunch: At registration
Shotgun start: 12:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Live auction: 6:45 p.m.

Your Exceptional Golf Package includes: Diamondback

Scramble golf/golf cart on championship course;
Free practice range and putting green;
Boxed lunch;
Water bottles with cart and chance to win great golf prizes;
Complimentary reception and three-course dinner.

2016 Tournament Organizing Committee

Adam Newman
Dwayne White
Francesca Yaskiel
Jennifer Williams
Jeremy Lum-Danson
Jonathan Rosenthal
Michael Gary
Peter Danson
Rachel Grinberg

Directions to tournament from Toronto (shorter than by published map) - Take Hwy 404 north to Stouffville Side Road. Turn left onto Stouffville Side Road and follow to Leslie Street. Turn right on to Leslie Street and proceed north for approximately 2.5 km. Entrance is on the west (left) side of Leslie Street.


Please note that an official tax receipt will be issued under the cardholder's name. The Income Tax Act does not permit us to issue tax receipts to anyone other than the donor (the person whose name is on the credit card).

Recent Events

Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One up Against Hunger 2015

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 10, 2015. This event raised approximately $12,700 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.


Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament 2015

The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament organizing committee for their extraordinary effort and ongoing commitment in support of the program:

2015 Tournament Organizing Committee
  • Jon Rosenthal
  • Rachel Grinberg
  • Jeremy Lum-Danson
  • Peter Danson
  • Francesca Yaskiel
  • Adam Newman
  • Michael Gary
  • Dwayne White
  • Jennifer Williams


The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the tournament participants and sponsors for their tremendous support of the Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament. The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program is able to operate the Program due to your generosity.

Addario Law Group
Banack Resolutions Inc.
Bernstein, Newman and Associates
Brauti Thorning Zibarras
Crowe Soberman LLP
Danson Recht LLP
Frank Gomberg
Greenspan Humphrey Lavine
Greenspan Partners LLP
Henein Hutchison LLP
Howie Sacks & Henry
Hull & Hull LLP
Jeffrey Milligan
Jonathan Rosenthal
Macdonald Sager Manis LLP
Morse Shannon
Norton Rose Fullbright
Perennial Asset Management
Peter Connelly
Rachel Grinberg
Singer Kwinter
Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP
Tom's Place
York Heritage Group

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