Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport food bank drive raises over $26,000 for Torontonians in need

Billy Bishop Airport Press Release | December 14, 2023

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Billy Bishop Airport said it is committed to connecting its community to a brighter future. Billy Bishop Airport Photo

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport) is pleased to announce that its November donation drive for the Daily Bread Food Bank has raised $26,405.10 for Torontonians in need this holiday season.

The total includes passenger and employee donations, as well as donations from Billy Bishop Toronto Airport to match the funds raised as part of the public donation drive.

The initiative was introduced to passengers and employees through physical and digital signage containing a QR code placed throughout the terminal building, while a month-long social media campaign captured the attention of the wider community and those passionate about ensuring no one in Toronto goes hungry.

The funds will be used to support vital food programs across the city through Daily Bread’s member network.

“Billy Bishop Airport provides a vital service to Toronto, the region and the province through connectivity it provides,” said Neil Pakey, president and CEO, Nieuport Aviation.

“But initiatives like this serve as an excellent reminder that over and above the air travel we facilitate, we’re also an integral part of our local community. I’m so pleased and proud that the airport—partners, employees, and passengers—and the community have come together in this way when it matters most to those in need.”

“Billy Bishop Airport is proud to be part of the community that has made this donation possible,” said Warren Askew, vice-president, Airport, PortsToronto. “These dollars will go toward purchasing essential food products that meet the cultural needs within our community, and will support the Daily Bread Food Bank’s 132 member agencies throughout the Greater Toronto Area this holiday season. Thank you to our passengers, employees, and partners who contributed to our goal, and in making a difference for families in need.”

“We are deeply grateful to the team at Billy Bishop,” said Neil Hetherington, CEO, Daily Bread Food Bank. “By bringing together passengers, employees and the community at large, not only have they raised much needed funds for Daily Bread but also raised awareness about the food insecurity crisis in our city.”

More than 12,000 new individuals access Daily Bread for the first time each month, and with food inflation and rising rents, these numbers are expected to grow. Moreover, a staggering 28 per cent of adults report missing a whole day of meals because they did not have enough money for food.

Billy Bishop Airport is committed to not only connecting people to the places they want to be, but also connecting its community to a brighter future, and given the number of Torontonians and visitors passing through the airport, a donation drive made perfect sense.

For those who missed the donation drive but would still like to contribute, Daily Bread Food Bank accepts donations at any time of the year.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

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