Why we do this? $5.83

Why do so many people still go hungry in the GTA? The driving force of demand for food banks is lack of income. The amount of money average Daily Bread Food Bank visitor has left with per day for food, after rent has been paid is $5.83.

So, What Can You Get For $5.83?

$5.83 is less than a TTC round trip. Less than two Starbucks lattes. Less than a movie ticket. $5.83 may not even buy you a decent beer at a Toronto bar.

Almost everywhere in the GTA, housing costs are going up, and incomes are not keeping pace. When a single mom of two spends 71% of her income on rent, $5.83 per person doesn’t buy much food, and sadly, that’s not unusual. More than that, it’s just not right, especially during holidays.

Help by Partying

Every single person who buys a ticket to HoHoTO is helping Daily Bread!  So if you are buying a ticket, you are making a difference!

Help by Sponsoring

Sponsor HoHoTO – there are many levels of delivering happiness and holiday cheer!

Help by Swearing

Get a Swear Jar for your office. It really works, we F%$cking swear.

Help by Daily Bread Food Drive-ing

Because everyone should have enough food to eat. Food Donations can be brought to HoHoTO, or dropped off at your local fire hall or at Daily Bread’s main facility at 191 New Toronto Street. Most needed food items, according to the Daily Bread:

  • Baby formula & food
  • Beans & lentils
  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Canned fish & meat
  • Cans of soup or hearty stew
  • Dried pasta & tomato sauce
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice
  • Canned, powdered or Tetra Pak cartons of milk

Help by Tweeting

Tweet about HoHoTO, and you will help make a difference! This is the party that Twitter built. You could even make a video out of it: say why you support HoHoTO and join Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder and Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, who hailed HoHoTO as an example of social media leveraging online activism at LeWeb conference in Paris. It might even end up here!

HoHoTO is back!

HoHoTO is back!

On December 13th, 2012, HoHoTO is once again set to take over the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, rolling into its fifth anniversary year. Who would’ve seen that coming back in 2008, when a single tweet started this party?

HoHoTO has earned its stripes as a community fundraiser and a mind-blowing, spectacular and geekalicious party in support of the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank. Called “the party that Twitter built”, HoHoTO is often cited as one of the first remarkable examples of a hyper-connected social movement using the power of self-organizing online groups to make a real world difference. Since its founding in late November 2008, HoHoTO has raised over $200,000 for Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank. This year, let’s rock that mojo again and dance for a good cause!

#hohoto by hyfen

Why HoHoTO works

We’re not an entity – we’re a bunch of people. We’re a community. We’re not a foundation. We’re not a charity. And we’re not, sadly, tax-exempt. We are, however, the best holiday party you’ve ever been to, and a great way to help feed a lot of desperately hungry people. Speaking of hungry people, here are some numbers to chew on:

Hunger by the Numbers

  • Overall number of visits to food banks across the GTA: 1,123,500
  • Overall number of visits to food banks in Toronto: 946,000
  • Percentage increase since pre-recession period in 2008: 18%
  • Percentage of adults who go hungry at least once a week: 45%
  • Percentage of Food Bank clients who are children: 32%
  • Food bank clients are spending 71% of their income on housing costs
  • Single parents make up 17% of people coming to food banks

What you can do

This party sells out fast and furious, so be sure to get your tickets (and a few for your friends!) as soon as possible. There are two ways you can do that:

1. Get your tickets NOW! Simple, right?

2. Sponsor HoHoTO and get tickets to use, giveaway, or raffle off with your sponsorship deal.

You  can also participate by getting creative with food drives, swear jars, and other fun ways to raise money for HoHoTO within your company, social circles, and friends. Get your mojo on and prepare to bask in glory – it’s super awesome of you to be supporting a kick-ass holiday party for a great cause!


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

Daily Bread is non-partisan and all-inclusive. Its supporters come from every income bracket, cultural background, faith group and walk of life. Whether informed by faith or social justice, the one thing they have in common is the belief that no one in our communities should go hungry.