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Happy Holidays from FYFB

It is with great appreciation that I write to thank you for your support over the past year. As the needs of our community have grown in this persistent economic downturn, so too has your support for the Fort York Food Bank.

We've seen a 45 percent increase in clients over the past two years. In any given month almost 1,700 of our neighbours are now visiting us. Thanks to friends like you we've managed to keep pace with the increased demand. With your help and the contributions from all our amazing volunteers and partners, we have been able to ensure that people living in need in downtown Toronto have the groceries, hot meals, counselling and support they need to keep connected with our community.

As you will read in the Charity Intelligence story, we're very careful to use the funds you give us wisely. As an example, with your support, we implemented an important Food Purchase Fund this past year. But the challenge of keeping pace with demand is not easy. We need your continued support of our programs so that we can ensure our clients, including hundreds of children, have a merry holiday season.

On behalf of the entire FYFB family, I thank you for your continued support and wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and a peaceful new year.

Ravi Sreedharan,
FYFB President

FYFB on Canada's Top Charity List for Second Year

FYFB has been recognized by Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci) as one of Canada's best performing charitiesFor the second year in a row, FYFB has been recognized by Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci) as one of Canada's best performing charities.

Ci uses a rigorous 4-step process to evaluate charities including an examination of their transparency and accountability, a program evaluation, benchmarking against other charities and a final recommendation review. With administrative costs only 0.3% of FYFB's charity value and fundraising costs at 3% in 2009, FYFB was one of 36 charities recognized across Canada by Charity Intelligence for excellence in the non-profit sector.

FYFB represents one of the highest impact-giving opportunities for donors in Canada.

Click here read the full report
Click here to read the Charity Intelligence 2010 summary

FYFB has been recognized by Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci) as one of Canada's best performing charities
FYFB Selected As A Top Performing Charity by Charity Intelligence
(L-R) Kate Bahen, Doug Anweiler, Luke Pollard, Chris Murphy.

The Annual Holiday Fund Appeal Needs You!

With two weeks to go, we need to raise an additional $4,600 to meet our Holiday Fund Appeal goal of $15,000. If you have already generously donated to help families in need during the holidays, we thank you. You are helping to ensure we'll meet the rising demand for our services at this challenging time of year.

FYFB Holiday Fund AppealThe Holiday Fund Appeal is critical to our ability the needs of our neighbours who are living in poverty. For those of you still to give, your donation helps to provide special holiday food baskets, healthy holiday meals from our community kitchen and important counselling support.

With hundreds of children in our community relying on FYFB each month for basic food supplies, the stress on families who want to create positive memories for their kids at this special time of year is enormous. Your support will help create positive holiday memories for these families during the holidays.

You can make a difference in our community this Holiday Season by donating securely online through the Canada Helps website or by mailing or dropping off your donation at:

Fort York Food Bank
797 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 1V2

Holiday Open House and Volunteer Recognition Night

FYFB once again opened its doors for our annual Holiday Open House to thank the many volunteers and donors who make the work we do at FYFB possible. Sonny Gajadhar and the FYFB kitchen volunteers prepared a fabulous buffet for guests. Special thanks to Devi Arasanayagam who led the organizing for this year's event, ACE Canada for their help getting FYFB ready for our annual holiday party, Taylor, Kelvin & Adam from UofT's Urban Studies program for helping with the cooking and serving, Elizabeth DeSousa & Trudy Couture for preparing the dessert table and Jude, Jamie, Sandy, Gorman, Gary, Emily and Roy & Marlene Rodriguez for their prep work and clean-up after the event. A highlight of the evening was the recognition of almost 50 volunteers with certificates prepared by Ashley Mikitzel and signed by MPP Rosario Marchese. And a big thank you to Margaret Cantwell and Mike Schoonheyt for their tremendous efforts in helping create such a welcoming event.

View the photo gallery from this year's Holiday Open House here.

Give the Gift of FYFB

FYFB is the perfect gift for family, friends, clients and colleagues this Holiday Season. You can donate securely online and send a virtual holiday greeting card sharing the news that you've made a holiday gift to FYFB on their behalf.

You can make a difference in a person's life this Holiday Season by clicking here for the gift that gives back.

Businesses Giving Back

Every year we're grateful for the organizations who make financial contributions and send teams of dedicated employees to volunteer at FYFB. They help in the kitchen, they prepare hampers, they sort food and, best of all, they show our clients and year-round volunteers that FYFB is an important part of the community. We can't say enough to thank you for your support. From long time partners like Franklin Templeton Investments to new supporters like UPS, your support makes a big difference.

Here's a photo gallery of some of the wonderful companies that are committed to making a difference through their work at FYFB.

Ways to Get Involved at FYFB

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