Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry

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.

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Program Highlights

Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto program revenues
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.
Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto program expenses
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.

 

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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 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 aross@toronto.ca

  • Thursday Breakfast – Volunteers should arrive between 6:00 A.M - 6:30 A.M.
    Volunteer Coordinator, Jay Brecher jay.brecher@gmail.com

  • Friday Dinner – Volunteers should arrive between 3:00 P.M - 4:30 P.M.
    Volunteer Coordinators, Jay Brecher jay.brecher@gmail.com

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

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 aross@toronto.ca 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 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 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

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 10th Annual Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament- June 18, 2014

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 $400,000 has been raised by the annual tournament for the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program and Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with cancer.

REGISTER NOW!!

Tournament Schedule

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

Your Exceptional Golf Package includes: 

  • 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.

2014 Tournament Organizing CommitteeDiamondback

  • Jon Rosenthal
  • Rachel Grinberg
  • John Danson
  • Jeremy Lum-Danson
  • Peter Danson
  • Francesca Yaskiel
  • Adam Newman
  • Michael Gary
  • Dwayne White
  • Jennifer Williams
  • Frank Crewe

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.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH CRA REGULATIONS, TAX RECEIPTS CAN NO LONGER BE ISSUED FOR SPONSORSHIPS.

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).

 

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.

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Recent Events

Fall Ball: Dancing with the Bar 2013

The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the contributors and participants for their tremendous support of the Fall Ball: Dancing with the Bar held on November 8, 2013. Through your generosity, the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program raised about $61,000 netting $32,000 for the Program after expenses. Special thanks to Citibank, Teplitsky Colson LLP and Toronto Lawyers Association for their significant efforts in hosting the event.

 

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 approximately $57,000 for the Program, netting $36,000 after expenses. The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program is possible due to your generosity.

Sponsors

Greenspan Humphrey Lavine
Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
Dotsikas Hawtin Lawyers
Bernstein, Newman & Associates
Danson and Zucker
Jeff Milligan
Perennial Asset Management
Greenspan Partners LLP
Michael Rombis Barrister
Gomberg Mediation Solutions Inc
St. Urbain Bagel Bakery
Cooper Metals & Iron
Gregory Lafontaine
Macdonald Sager Manis LLP
Martin & Sheryl Teplitsky Services Ltd
Glass Associates
Daley, Byers
Rachel Grinberg
Philip Patterson
Burstein Bryant Barristers
Jonathan Rosenthal
Paragon Security
Crowe, Soberman
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.

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