Leaside Local Business Challenge

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Sarah’s Food Drive is thrilled to be hosting the 2nd Annual Battle of Bayview Local Business Challenge.

Combined efforts of the Bayview local business community last year raised nearly 10,000 pounds of food/funds for Sarah’s Food Drive & Daily Bread Food Bank.

We are excited to welcome the following companies & individuals who have already committed to be a part of the Bayview Local Business Challenge this year.

  • Bonnie and Richard Byford
  • Drink Juice Co.
  • Grilltime
  • Humphrey-Miles Funeral Home
  • Leaside Dentistry
  • The Cailey Heaps Estrin Realty Team
  • The Leaside Pub
  • McDowell’s valu-mart
  • Mid Town Orthodontics
  • Parkway Honda
  • Patrick Rocca
  • Pawsitively Pets
  • Sheree Cerqua

If you are interested in being a part of Sarah’s Food Drive’s Local Business Challenge, please send us an email: sarahsfooddrive@gmail.com

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

And we’re off! 80,000 pounds to be raised.

Sarah and Claire at Leaside Corn Roast

Sarah’s Food Drive is officially off and running for 2015.

Sarah and Claire have an ambitious goal of raising 80,000 pounds of food.

Lots of activities planned for September/October.

In the meantime, you can support the cause by making a donation.


On behalf of Sarah and Claire.

Thank you for your support!

Mark (Sarah and Claire’s dad)


Local Business Challenge Results Are In!


Thanks to the combined efforts of our fantastic local business partners this year, we are happy to announce that almost 250 Thanksgiving holiday hampers were purchased for clients of the Daily Bread Food Bank.

When you add that to the online donations from local businesses (raised through promotional events, employee challenges or direct donations), participating businesses raised approximately 10,000 pounds of food for Daily Bread Food Bank.

The Local Business Challenge Results

Team East – $2,850

Team West – $6,750

Congratulations to Team West!

Thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm and support and we look forward to having you on board again as participants in the Local Business Challenge next year.

Mark, Lynda, Sarah and Claire

Leaside Business Challenge

This year, Sarah’s Food Drive has added something new, building on the success of the 3 year-old School Challenge. Local Leaside businesses have been challenged to participate this year in the Leaside Business Challenge.

Businesses have been divided into 2 teams: Team East and Team West.

On Team East, we have:

  • Against The Grain Urban Tavern
  • Carol Wrigley (Royal Lepage, Signature Realty)
  • Direct Repair
  • Grilltime
  • Humphrey-Miles Funeral Home
  • Leaside Dentistry
  • Parkway Honda
  • Pawsitively Pets
  • Sheree Cerqua (Royal Lepage, Signature Realty)
  • The Cailey Heaps Estrin realty team
  • The Leaside Pub
  • Wiseys Pies

On Team West, we have:

  • Bonnie Byford Realty
  • Bosley Real Estate
  • Charlene Kalia
  • Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited
  • Karen Brinkhof (Re/Max Realtor)
  • McDowell’s valu-mart
  • McSorleys Wonderful Saloon
  • Midtown Orthodontics
  • Patrick Rocca
  • Re/Max Hallmark Realty
  • Sport Clips
  • The Smokin’ Cigar

Thanks to all of our generous local partners this year.

Good luck to both teams!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah is 2014 Me to We award winner for Youth in Action, 12 and under

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We are thrilled to announce that Sarah has been recognized for her work on Sarah’s Food Drive with the 2014 Me to We Award in the Youth in Action, 12 and under category. She accepted her award today at We Day Toronto, alongside the 5 other 2014 Me to We award winners.

While Sarah accepted this award personally, this recognition is the result of the tireless work of so many in our community, and the tremendous support of friends and family over the past 6 years.

Sarah shares this award with them.

Here’s to another successful year!

Sarah’s 2014 Food Drive runs until Thanksgiving weekend (October 12th).

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah & Claire Recognized as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

AFP Toronto logo

We are thrilled to announce that the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter has recognized Sarah and Claire as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

The AFP Philanthropy Awards recognize leadership in philanthropy. Sarah and Claire were nominated by the Daily Bread Food Bank. An honour to have been nominated. Truly an honour to have been selected.

The 2014 AFP Philanthropy Award recipients, including Sarah and Claire, will be honoured at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 26th.

You can read more here: http://afptoronto.org/blog/2014-philanthropy-award-winners-announced/

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah’s 7th Annual Food Drive!

Sarah sitting on a mountain of cans at the Daily Bread Food BankWith the first week of school behind us, Sarah’s Food Drive is once again just around the corner. Here are a few key dates, and Sarah and Claire’s goal for this year’s drive.

This year’s food drive will run from September 27th to October 12th

Starting September 27th, you will once again be able to drop off food at McDowell’s valu-mart at 1500 Bayview Avenue. McDowell’s valu-mart will also be hosting a BBQ on Saturday, October 11th.

The school challenge will run from October 6th to October 10th. This year, there are 13 schools involved in this year’s Battle of Bayview (East vs West).

Sarah and Claire’s goal this year is to raise 70,000 pounds of food. They will need the help of everyone in our community to help make this happen!

Look for updates in the coming weeks.

Mark, Lynda, Sarah and Claire

Sarah nominated for 2014 MeToWe Award!

Sarah Fighting Hunger photo

We have some exciting news to share! Sarah has been nominated for the Canadian Living Me to We Awards in the Youth in Action Category (under 12 category). She is one of only 3 nominees from across the country. We are thrilled that Sarah and her work with Sarah’s Food Drive have been recognized!

The winner will be decided by online vote. Voting is open from May 27th until June 6th. The winner will win $3,000 for their charity of choice.

This would be such a great way to kick off Sarah’s 7th Annual Food Drive…and much needed money for the Daily Bread Food Bank, especially at this time of year.

Please click on the link below and vote for Sarah! It only takes a minute to do! Sarah is in the YOUTH in ACTION (under 12 category).
MeToWe Awards

Once you have voted, please forward it to your friends and family and encourage them to vote and share it with their friends. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

The success of the food drive has always been through the strong support of the community and the School Challenge. We want to thank each of you for your time, your vote and your continued support of this cause.

Best regards,

Sarah, Claire, Lynda and Mark