Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry
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 100,000 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.back to top
For January to December 2012, Toronto Program revenues totalled $339,951. The sources of funding and the percentage of the total made up by each source are set out in this chart.
To operate and fundraise for the Program for the period of January to December 2012, a total of $615,655 was spent, with $576,150 attributable to the direct operation of the Program and $39,505 in fundraising costs. This chart provides a breakdown of the expenses and the related percentage of total costs.
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! The program is always in need of more volunteers. 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 email@example.com
- Thursday Breakfast – Volunteers should arrive between 6:00 A.M - 6:30 A.M.
Volunteer Coordinator, Jay Brecher firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friday Dinner – Volunteers should arrive between 3:00 P.M - 4:30 P.M.
Volunteer Coordinators, Jay Brecher email@example.com
- Sunday Breakfast – Volunteers should arrive by 8:30 A.M.
Volunteer Coordinator, David Bronskill firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Orchestrating 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 email@example.com as Alison currently needs to devote herself to one project.
The self-described "unofficial coordinator" for Toronto's Thursday morning breakfast is LexisNexis Canada Product Development 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fresh 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 email@example.com.
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.back to top
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.back to top
Campaign To Sustain Lawyers Feed the Hungry – Toronto
Since 1998, Lawyers Feed the Hungry has provided more than a million meals to the financially-disadvantaged. It has become one of the most popular meal programs in Toronto, thanks to the hearty, nutritious meals that are served year round.
In recent years, the number of guests has soared, while donations have declined, to the point that additional financial support is now urgently needed.
Please consider making a donation to help preserve the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry as one of the legal community’s most significant charitable endeavours.
Thanks to a team of more than a hundred dedicated volunteers and the Law Society's in-kind support, more than 90 cents of each dollar raised goes directly to operating the program.
Income tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20 or more.
For the good work of Lawyers Feed the Hungry - Toronto to continue, the program now urgently needs your support.
Fall Ball: Dancing with the Bar
Save the date! Grab your dancing shoes and join us for the Fall Ball: Dancing with the Bar event hosted by Citibank, Teplitsky Colson, Toronto Lawyers Association and The Law Society Foundation.
The event will be held on November 8, 2013 at the Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto. Tickets to this event are $175 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10.
Music will be provided by The John Street Band and Come Dancing DJ, and a cash bar will be provided.
Not strictly ballroom!
This Parisian-themed dinner and dance is not strictly ballroom! Everyone will have the chance to dance to music that covers genres and dance styles. With The John Street Band and Come Dancing DJ Services, it will be easy to take a turn around the historic Palais Royale dance floor.
Bonus! Professional dancers will circulate throughout the night to take willing non-dancers onto the floor.
Learn a little ballroom
If you do wish to learn some ballroom steps, join the dance lesson that night!
Dinner, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Cash Bar
Enjoy a lovely dinner, watch a show performed by dance champions, place bids in the silent auction, and mix & mingle at the cash bar.
Theme, Location, Dress
The theme is Parisian. The venue is the historic Palais Royale. The attire is formal. Need we say more?
Law firms and organizations can help support the event by being a gold, silver or bronze level contributor. All contributors will be acknowledged in the evening's program and will receive a letter from The Law Society Foundation for business expense purposes.
- Gold - $3,500
- Silver - $2,500
- Bronze - $1,500
Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament 2013
The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the tournament participants and sponsors for their support of the Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament. The 2013 Tournament raised more than $52,000 for the Program. The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program is possible due to your generosity.
Greenspan Humphrey Lavine
Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
Dotsikas Hawtin Lawyers
Bernstein, Newman & Associates
Danson and Zucker
Perennial Asset Management
Greenspan Partners LLP
Michael Rombis Barrister
Gomberg Mediation Solutions Inc
St. Urbain Bagel Bakery
Cooper Metals & Iron
Macdonald Sager Manis LLP
Martin & Sheryl Teplitsky Services Ltd
Burstein Bryant Barristers
Solomon Rothbart Goodman LLP
Singer Kwinter Lawyers
The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the organizing committee for their extraordinary effort and ongoing commitment in support of the Toronto Program.
Law Firm Bowling Challenge 2012
The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the lane sponsors and legal community for their tremendous support of the Law Firm Bowling Challenge held on April 1, 2012. Through your generosity, the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program was able to raise over $145,000 for the program. Special thanks to the Toronto Lawyers Association and Teplitsky Colson LLP for their significant efforts in hosting the event.
The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the sponsors listed below for their tremendous support of the Law Firm Bowling Challenge. The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program could not carry on without your generosity.
Dutton Brock LLP
Epstein Cole LLP
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti
Firm Capital Corporation
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Hull & Hull LLP
Kostyniuk & Greenside Lawyers
Landry Marr Kats LLP
Laxton Glass LLP
LexisNexis Canada Inc.
Matthews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Maxims Limited Partnership
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Norton Rose Canada LLP
Pace Law Firm
Palaire Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
Teplitsky Colson LLP
The Conservatory Group
Torkin Manes LLP