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"Food for Thought" introduces bread as information media. It is a volunteer-driven enterprise providing free bread, donated by local bakeries, and information to access free local community resources.
We set up free bread baskets in locations frequented by low income people and distribute valuable local information with it. It provides a means of reaching people who we might never be able to access by any other media.
We have found that we can simply salvage valuable food resources and deliver them to people in need in a cost effective manner. Many other organizations in the community could close the gap and improve people's lives but lack the mandate.
We took another road and began to salvage and distribute free food through personal connections. People whom we knew, in turn, created little circles for bread distribution among their friends and so on. So far we have fed over a thousand people.
Our belief is that there is enough to feed all who are in need. Ideally, we should produce only that which is required. Alas, our economy is based upon over-production. So why not recover what is destined to be thrown out anyhow? Often organizations which over-produce food don't like to throw it out themselves, but they are too busy trying to do their business to access the channels that we can create to make life better for others.
Ironically, we have been able to access bread from the best bakeries that charge top dollar. They have to get rid of the "day old" bread. There is nothing wrong with that bread, but people would not pay five or eight dollars per loaf unless it is "fresh", directly from the oven. My "customers" get top quality day old bread without spending a penny!! It does not disrupt the Bakery's business in any way - their customers can afford the freshest bread, while my"customers" would not shop in that bakery anyhow. "One man's junk is another man's treasure". As true as ever.
FLF Food Bank Project Manager
Drivers - pickup bread and drop it off at strategic points
Runners - pickup bread from our drivers and distribute it to the captains of our "circles of sharing"
Writers - give us your ideas and articles to build our community
Editors - help us prepare our message
Illustrators - a picture is worth a thousand words
Translators - Make our community messages available to all
Are you in the food business?
The FAMILY LIFE FOUNDATION is under the direction of the
Rev. Lindsay G. King, a retired United Church Minister.
6 Kings Inn Trail,
Thornhill, Ontario L3T 1T7.
He can be reached at
(905) 764-1125 (a local call for the greater Toronto area)