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:

  • 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 2015, Toronto Program revenues totalled $506,916. 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 2015, a total of $417,675 was spent, with $390,482 attributable to the direct operation of the Program, and $27,193 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

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 $700,000 for the Program since its first tournament.

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Upcoming Events

Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One Up Against Hunger!

Join us for the Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One Up Against Hunger, hosted by Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, Toronto Lawyers Association and The Law Society Foundation.


Date:                   November 8, 2016

Time:                  6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Location:            The Rivoli

                                        334 Queen Street West, 

                                        2nd Floor, Toronto


Ticket Price:     $90 per person - includes food with a cash bar

Bid on interesting and fun items at the Silent Auction.

Proceeds from the event will assist Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry in achieving its mandate of providing meals to those in need. Plan to assist this worthy cause by participating in our Billiards evening, or by being a contributor in support of the event.

Purchase tickets online

If you are not able to attend, support the event by making a $1,000 contribution. All contributors of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged at the event and on the Law Society Foundation's website.


Recent Events

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

We want to share the great news and thank all the participants and donors of the 12th annual tournament held on June 15th at Diamondback Golf Club.

This year’s tournament was by far the most successful financially for the LAWYERS FEED THE HUNGRY program netting to the charity over $131,000 this year (almost 700,000 to date).

For all, it was an amazing day of great golf and an incredible speech by our honouree Marie Henein to whom we are so grateful for helping make it such a huge success.

And as always an occasion to remember Bugsy and Ken who would be so proud and honoured. Please save the date of Wednesday June 14, 2017. Though it will be difficult to top this year’s tournament, we will. Already some great surprises are in the works.

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

2016 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.

Below are our wonderful sponsors. If you have not made a charitable contribution yet and wish to, you can, by using the LFTH donation link:

Platinum Sponsor for Dinner

55” TV For Raffle

Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Banack Resolutions

Silver Sponsors

Lunch Sponsor

Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP St. Urbain Bagel
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP  
York Heritage Group  

Bronze Sponsors

Hole Sponsors

Faculty Of Trial Advocacy, Osgoode Hall Law School Addario Law Group LLP
Frank Gomberg Amanda Ross
Goldblatt Partners LLP Bernstein, Newman & Associates
Henein Hutchison LLP Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP
Innovative Case Management Crowe Soberman
J K Hannaford Barristers Danson Recht LLP
Jonathan Rosenthal David Flawn
Judges of The Ontario Court of Justice Greenspan Humphrey Lavine
Law Society Of Upper Canada Greenspan Partners
Lynx Equity Limited Greg Lafontaine
Neinstein, Personal Injury Lawyers Howie Sacks & Henry LLP
Osgoode Professional Development, York University Hull & Hull
Peter Connelly Jeffrey Milligan
Rocket Cycle Macdonald Sager Manis LLP
Ross & McBride LLP NKF Devencore
Stockwoods LLP Perennial Asset Management
The Faculty Of Osgoode Hall Law School Rachel Grinberg
Tom’s Place Ross Barristers
Wardle Daley Bernstein Bieber LLP Singer Kwinter
X-Copper Professional Corporation Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP
  Stevenson Whelton Macdonald & Swan LLP
  Torkin Manes
  ZSA Legal Recruitment


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.



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