TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2018 /CNW/ – Compassion is the serum that keeps charitable organizations strong. Yesterday, Daily Bread Food Bank presented the Best in Class Awards to recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to alleviating hunger and poverty in Toronto.

The 6th Annual Best-in-Class awards was hosted by television and radio personality Jennifer Valentyne. “Tonight we are honouring those who are devoted to alleviating the hunger problem across Toronto,” said Valentyne. “It’s wonderful to be a part of this ceremony and acknowledge those that are working hard to help out Daily Bread.”

CEO of Daily Bread, Neil Hetherington, also emphasized the importance of recognizing community leaders. “Advocates, volunteers and philanthropists really are the backbone of charitable organizations,” Hetherington said. “This event not only acknowledges those who continue to give back, but it also highlights the upwards journey of non-profits thanks to these long-standing partnerships built over the years. Whether it be a volunteer helping out at a food drive or a corporation acknowledging their social responsibility, everyone has a role to play in the effort to curb poverty. This ceremony emphasizes exactly that,” Hetherington added.

This year’s award debuted three new categories. Food Industry Trailblazer, Exceptional Volunteer and Outstanding Philanthropist have been included to highlight the commitment companies and individuals have shown in the battle against food insecurity and hunger.

Food programs across Toronto rely on individuals, community groups and corporate partners to raise awareness, boost fundraising campaigns and drive volunteerism. Winners and finalists of the Best in Class awards reflect the long-standing commitment our partners have shown towards charitable work and advocacy.

Point Alliance is proud to share that they have reached their fundraising goal for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Late last year, the team at Point Alliance challenged their clients and friends to open their hearts and wallets to the local, non-profit organization. Supporting this request, Point Alliance announced that they would kick start by donating $1,000 dollar to the Daily Bread Food Bank through the holiday season with a goal of raising $10,000 by the end of December.

As a regular supporter of the Daily Bread Food Bank, Point Alliance has participated in over 10 fundraising activities with the organization over the years.

About Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.

Last year, Daily Bread provided food 716,000 visits to member agency food banks and prepares more than 3000 nutritious meals in its kitchen that are sent out every week to shelters, hostels and neighbourhood meal programs. We are the largest provider of food relief in the GTA.

Point Alliance was proud to participate in the Daily Bread Food Banks Food Sort Challenge today. This popular annual event challenges organizations to come together in a race against time to sort through 72,000 pounds of food into 35 different categories.

In teams of 10 people, Point Alliance completed against other organizations to see who could sort and box the most food accurately in the shortest amount of time.

About the Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in the Toronto community. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.

Point Alliance was proud to participate in the Daily Bread Food Banks Food Sort Challenge today. This popular annual event challenges organizations to come together in a race against time to sort through 63,000 pounds of food into 35 different categories. Daily Bread expects to raise up to $50,000 with every $1 enabling the organization to distribute $5 worth of food through a network of 142 member agencies and 200 food programs.

In teams of 10-12 people, Point Alliance completed against other organizations to see who could sort and box the most food accurately in the shortest amount of time.

Point Alliance has participated in Daily Bread Food Bank’s initiatives for over 7 years. “This is a great event to raise awareness about the need for the Food Bank in Toronto”, states John Zarei, CEO at Point Alliance. “Not only is this for a great cause but it is also a fun team-building activity as well. Our staff really look forward to the event and giving back to the community”.

About the Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in the Toronto community. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.

Point Alliance teamed up with IBM Canada and Ingram Micro at Stop Hunger Now challenge at IBM InterConnect 2016 conference and packed 2,160 meals for hungry children.

About Stop Hunger Now:

Stop Hunger Now mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Since our founding in 1998, they have provided over 225 million meals in 73 countries.

This year, they will package 45 million meals, and ship over $9 million in donated aid, mainly vitamins and medical supplies. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Stop Hunger Now operate meal-packaging programs at 20 cities in the U.S. and in South Africa, Malaysia, India, Italy, Peru and the Philippines.

Point Alliance is proud to share that they have exceeded their fundraising goal for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Late last year, the team at Point Alliance challenged their clients and friends to open their hearts and wallets to the local, non-profit organization. Supporting this request, Point Alliance announced that they would match their donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank through the holiday season with a goal of raising $10,000 by the end of December.

With a final total of $10,325, Point Alliance has definitely put their money where their mouth is. “It was important for us to support an organization that offers so much to the local community,” states Point Alliance CEO, John Zarei. “We are extremely pleased to have achieved our fundraising goal, and we have our generous clients and community members to thank for this.”

As a regular supporter of the Daily Bread Food Bank, Point Alliance has participated in over 8 fundraising activities with the organization over the years.

About Daily Bread Food Bank: Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in the Toronto community. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.

After many years of participating in Daily Bread Food Bank’s Food Sort Challenge, Point Alliance is proud to announce that they will be the exclusive sponsor of Daily Bread’s upcoming 2015 Food Sort Challenge. This popular annual event challenges organizations to come together in a race against time to sort through 63,000 pounds of food into 35 different categories. Daily Bread expects to raise up to $50,000 with every $1 enabling the organization to distribute $5 worth of food through a network of 142 member agencies and 200 food programs.

“We are so excited to be a part of such an incredible initiative. As regular participants of the Food Sort Challenge, we see first-hand the importance of such an event to the health of our community and how far the contributions go,” shares John Zarei, CEO of Point Alliance Inc. “It is a great opportunity for organizations to come together for a great time, all the while making a difference in the fight against hunger.”

Daily Food Bank is the largest provider of food relief in the greater Toronto area. Distributing food to hundreds of food banks and meal programs in the city, they also provide support through job training, research and education.

The Food Sort Challenge will be held on January 15, 2015.

Point Alliance is pleased to announce the winner of their 11th Anniversary website and hosting contest. Back in July, Point Alliance opened a contest to celebrate their 11th anniversary for a free website and hosting package worth $20,000 open to all Canadian, non-profit organizations. Applicants were asked to submit an application explaining how their organization can benefit from a new site. After careful consideration, Point Alliance is excited to announce that Accommodation, Information and Support Inc. (“AIS”) has been selected as the winner of the website package.

AIS is a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing and support services to persons experiencing mental health challenges and homelessness who live in Toronto, Ontario. Their unique model of support called “The House that AIS Built” offers services that include community support and development; nutritional programming and trauma and spiritual care, to name a few.

“We could not have selected a more deserving organization to be the winner of our contest,” John Zarei, CEO of Point Alliance states, “The efforts and initiatives that AIS is spear-heading are truly inspiring and we are honoured to be able to contribute to their efforts and success”.

AIS plans to leverage the new website and hosting package to create a strategic and targeted online presence, develop a consistent message across all communications media, and engage current and future donors to support the building of more supportive housing and unique programming.

“This new website will do wonders in allowing us to leverage current and upcoming online opportunities,” Marissa Bastidas, Executive Director at AIS shares. “It will enable us to have a stronger voice among web communities and connect with key stakeholders on line. What a positive impact this new website will have on our organization!”

Point Alliance and AIS is set to begin work on the new website this month with plans for completion in the first quarter of 2014 timeframe.

To learn more about Accommodation, Information and Support Inc., please visit: www.aistoronto.ca

(Toronto, ON). July marks the 11th anniversary for Point Alliance. In celebration, Point Alliance in partnership with Agility will be giving away a free website and hosting package worth $20,000. The contest is open to all Canadian registered not-for-profit organizations.

We understand that many of the not-for-profit organizations work on lean budgets and their website development is usually given the lowest priority. We know how valuable a functional website can be for attracting sponsors, building volunteers, and sharing information within the community. Our Website Giveaway gives one (1) not-for-profit organization the opportunity to give their website top priority. We want to show how important it is to have a web presence and how cost effective it can be with the right web tools for any organization.

Those who wish to enter can do so by visiting www.pointalliance.com/contest and completing the application form on-line. Each entry will be reviewed by the adjudicating committee and one (1) prize will be awarded to the Entrant whose submission is considered to be the most compelling and in need of a new website. The giveaway will be running from July 17, 2013 until October 15, 2013.

About Agility Inc.
Agility (www.agilitycms.com) is a cloud-based content management system. It allows you to manage content across all digital channels including your website, mobile site, mobile apps, and social media pages from a single browser-based interface. Agility integrates with best-of-breed solutions for video management, ad serving, search, analytics, email marketing and more. Agility can be implemented with an internal development team, or by working with their implementation partners. Agility is based in Toronto Canada and is running sites for Uncle Ben’s, Campbell’s, Subaru and Whiskas.

About Point Alliance Inc.
Point Alliance is an award-winning provider of information technology strategies and solutions. Our consulting practice is a recognized leader in delivering proven business solutions to Global 300 companies across many industries. Backed by over 10 years of proven results from over 200 organizations, we offer comprehensive products and solutions that drive your business growth and success.

Daily Bread’s 2nd annual Ultimate Food Challenge will take place on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

Three celebrity chefs will unleash their culinary talents in the gastronomic ring. Join us for a titanic battle of styles, as our heavy-hitters prepare to knock out the finest foodie fight in Daily Bread history. Watch in awe as regular food bank staples are whipped into a frenzy of epicurean delights. Savour the signature offerings from our culinary champs and Daily Bread’s own Catering Kitchen.

Proceeds from the 2013 Ultimate Food Challenge will support Daily Bread’s Kitchen, which provided 170,000 nutritious meals last year to shelters, schools and other meal programs serving low-income children and adults at more than 100 public and social service agencies in neighbourhoods across Toronto.

About Daily Bread Food Bank
Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in our communities. As the hub of the food bank community in Toronto, Daily Bread supports approximately 170 member agencies in running different kinds of food relief programs. Our agencies run neighbourhood food banks where people come to access food hampers, as well as meal programs where people can access prepared meals such as soups or casseroles.

Daily Bread Food Bank is the largest provider of emergency food relief in the GTA. Daily Bread member agencies see a monthly average of 66,000 client visits Our agencies serve the majority of the clients accessing food bank hampers in the city and many of the clients accessing prepared meals. Our boundaries encompass the former cities of East York, Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke and York.