TORONTO — It’s better to give than to receive, a philosophy synonymous with the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. In fact, the hotel chose to build on its annual food drive during the festive season and donated $1 per stay throughout the month of December to Daily Bread Food Bank. For the past several years, the Chelsea has collected close to 2,000lbs of food each year as part of the holiday drive, but wanted to do more.
Over the past 12 months, there have been 1.99 million visits to Toronto food banks, and demand is projected to push that number to more than two million for the 2022 calendar year. “The need for food banks is at crisis levels, with no sign of slowing down,” says Neil Hetherington, CEO, Daily Bread Food Bank. “The support of community partners, like the Chelsea Hotel, is more important than ever as we have tripled the amount of food going out to our city since the pandemic, to meet this dramatic rise in need.”
With this news and the hotel’s past support, it was decided to take the commitment to the next level with the goal of donating $15,000.00 to Daily Bread Food Bank.
“The ability to “give back” to the community is not only an important value of the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto but it is something the hotel practices every day. We are not only willing to go above and beyond to bring comfort to our guests, but also to bring comfort to families in need in the local community in which we operate. It is our hope that our fundraising efforts will make a significant difference for those who depend on Daily Bread Food Bank,” says Josef Ebner, regional vice-president – Canada & managing director, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.