Bryson Blog

Feed the Need in Durham!

The holidays are just around the corner; Thanksgiving is only a few days away. This is a beautiful time of year – families come together and celebrate everything that they value and hold dear. It’s a time to mend burnt bridges and reflect on how grateful we are.

There are families right here in Canada who aren't able to share time around a table laden with food. Many of our fellow Canadians live in poverty…it’s important to keep this in mind year round. But, with the holidays upon us, we have a real chance to make an impact for people in our communities.


Feed the Need in Durham is an organization that supplies perishable and non-perishable food to over 40 member agencies – emergency food providers (think: food banks, food pantries, meal programs, soup kitchens and shelters) throughout the Durham region. To date, they’ve helped over 30,000 people who are struggling to find regular meals.

Bryson Insurance has always been a proud supporter of Feed the Need in Durham—this year is no exception. On Saturday, October 19th we’ll be holding our 6th annual Pumpkin Giveaway. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or a small donation in support of the organization.

This year, there’s an exciting addition to the fundraising effort! Aviva Insurance, through the Aviva Community Fund, has released $1,000,000 in funds for groups committed to affecting change in their communities. Bryson has taken a lead in this initiative and registered Feed the Need in Durham in the competition for funding. The organization is anticipating warehouse relocation for more donation housing capacity – the money raised would be put towards this major move. The campaign name is “Send us an Angel.” Bryson Insurance and Feed the Need in Durham need your votes to make it happen.

“Feed the Need in Durham is such a worthy cause – the team at Bryson will continue to be a proud supporter. This year, with the new Aviva initiative, every vote counts. We feel we can really make a difference this holiday season and throughout the year,” said Rose Anne Shaw, Office Manager at Bryson Insurance.

Participants can register and vote on the Send us an Angel! Aviva Community Fund Page.

No matter how you choose to lend support... a food donation, a monetary contribution or a vote…please take some time and consider the members of your community who could benefit from your generosity this holiday season. You can affect real change for the people in your hometown!