- Getting food to those who need it most
- Our generous neighbours helped us exceed our Spring Drive goal
- Mississauga Tim Hortons Owners have an appetite to improve the lives of their hungry neighbours
- Meet our new Friend Sponsor – Nissan Canada Foundation
- Chris Hatch honoured with Diamond Jubilee Medal
- Help us reach our Spring Drive goal
- Spring Drive Update
- Spring Drive starts Monday!
- Member Agency Event: Free Seniors Information & Active Living Fair
- Unitarian Congregation Church’s Creative Food Drive!
This week we had a message on Facebook about how food bank clients are screened. Making sure that donated food reaches the people who need it is an important matter that we’re happy to address.
It’s our mission to provide food to people in Mississauga who live in poverty. We understand that most people who visit a food bank don’t want to be there – something has happened in their lives that has made it impossible for them to make ends meet, often loss of work or housing. This can happen to anyone, and though we strongly believe that no one should feel embarrassed to seek help, there is still a stigma associated with using a food bank – people generally don’t visit us unless they really need to.
However, we still have a process in place to ensure that food reaches the people who need it most. In order to be a client of The Mississauga Food Bank, individuals must show proof of residency, income, assets and expenses – including housing and childcare. This is done yearly, although most clients rely on our services for less than one year before they’re back on their feet.
If you have any questions or comments about who’s eligible to receive assistance from The Mississauga Food Bank and other measures in place to ensure the needs of the hungry in Mississauga are met, please feel free to contact Dawn Pullar, our Director of Agency Relations, at email@example.com or 905-270-5589 ext. 224.
We aimed for 70,000 pounds of food for our Spring Food Drive – and our community donated 95,452 pounds! We are so grateful for every contribution; they will help us provide food for our hungry neighbours over the slow summer months.
Thank you to the volunteers, grocery stores and fire halls that helped collect and sort the food – we couldn’t have done it without you!
Also, the Greater Toronto Apartment Association ran their Spring H.O.P.E. Food Drive, which raised food in 79 apartment buildings in Mississauga.
Learn how you can continue to support The Mississauga Food Bank over the summer here.
They’re partnering with The Mississauga Food Bank as the visionary sponsor in the food bank’s new annual sponsorship program. The contribution from the Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners – $150,000 over three years – will ensure continued support for The Mississauga Food Bank’s food programs until 2015.
“After many years of a strong partnership, Local Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners in Mississauga are very proud to be the visionary sponsor of The Mississauga Food Bank,” says Julie Granger, Tim Hortons regional marketing manager. “Mississauga Owners are committed to their support of the food bank and the important work they do to benefit so many individuals, children, and families living in the Mississauga community.”
Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank, says, “Having the Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners on board will give us reliable support to help expand and improve our programs. We’ll be able to give hungry people in Mississauga better access to more nutritious food.”
The community will see the Tim Hortons logo on the food bank’s trucks, and many Tim Hortons restaurants across the city will show their support for The Mississauga Food Bank on their electronic display boards and with window stickers. The annual sponsorship program was launched earlier this year and is designed to improve year-round funding reliability to the food bank. It also gives sponsors more flexibility to meet their philanthropic and marketing goals.
The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in Mississauga, where 17% of the population lives below the poverty line. It supports 65,000 clients each month through food programs across the city, including neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs. Individual donations and the generous support of corporate partners are vital to providing food for the thousands of people who rely on The Mississauga Food Bank each day.
Thank you to the Nissan Canada Foundation for signing on as a Friend Sponsor of The Mississauga Food Bank for 2013! Their generous gift, and the volunteer hours their staff put in, will go far in helping us meet the needs of hungry people in the city. We’re so grateful to the Nissan Canada Foundation and its staff for their commitment to The Mississauga Food Bank.
Chris Hatch, Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank, says, “It’s great to see large companies like Nissan Canada supporting grassroots programs in our community. We’re thrilled to have their support.”
To learn more about our Annual Sponsorship Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The medals have been awarded to recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadians. Chris began his involvement with The Mississauga Food Bank as a regular volunteer, and quickly joined our Board of Directors in 2004, becoming Chair of the Board in less than a year. From his initial presence at The Mississauga Food Bank, he completely changed our vision for the future.
Chris developed a detailed business plan outlining how to best serve our clients and donors. He guided us on being more efficient and economical; put in place formalities of a ‘real’ business, including policies, procedures, by-laws and legal documents; and directed a re-branding of the organization, from Foodpath to The Mississauga Food Bank. Having seen Chris’ leadership and passion as the Board Chair, Chris was offered the role of Executive Director when it opened in 2008.
Since then, Chris’ vision of transitioning to a ‘hub and spoke’ model of service has become a reality. The Mississauga Food Bank now sources and distributes food to over 110 programs throughout the city that serve 65,000 residents every month.
Chris continues to show unbelievable passion and drive to fight hunger and feed hope in Mississauga.
There’s a week and a half remaining in our Spring Drive and so far we have collected an incredible 54,435 pounds of food! We need your help to reach our goal of 70,000 pounds by May 5.
Please keep us in mind when you’re out shopping and make a donation at your local grocery store or fire hall. You can also use your credit card to donate online, by telephone (905.270.5589) or mail: The Mississauga Food Bank, 36-2550 Goldenridge Road, Mississauga ON L4X 2S3.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us with donated time, food or money. We couldn’t do it without you!
Halfway through our 2013 Spring Drive, we have raised 36,499 lbs towards our 70,000 lb goal! Thanks to all of you who gave over Easter weekend, and those volunteers who came in to help sort food on April 6 – we appreciate your help!
Please continue to support the drive by donating food at your local grocery store or fire hall. The Spring drive will conclude on May 5th, and we hope to reach our goal of 70,000 lbs raised by then.
Our most needed food items are:
- Canned fish/meat
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Peanut Butter
Consider purchasing some extras of these items next time you are grocery shopping.
Spring Food & Fundraising Drive: March 25 – May 5, 2013
Far too many people in our city continue to struggle to feed themselves and their families. With your support, The Mississauga Food Bank can ensure that food is distributed to people who need it most. By running a food drive or making a donation you can help us provide 2 million meals through 150 food programs this year across our city. Help us reach our goal of 70,000 lbs raised.
How can you help?
Run a food drive! Click here to learn how to organize your own food drive. Make sure to register your food drive with us by clicking here. Registering helps us better track your drive and provide recognition of your efforts when it is complete. There’s no need to call us about your drive as well; our office will be in touch if you have requested barrels or a pick-up.
Make a donation! Hunger is a reality for thousands of people in Mississauga. You can make a difference. With just $20 you can help us provide enough food for 60 meals! Click here to make a donation online or call us at 905.270.5589 to donate over the phone. We also accept donations by mail, simply send your cheque or credit card information to: The Mississauga Food Bank, 36-2550 Goldenridge Road, Mississauga ON L4X 2S3.
Volunteer! While our Spring Food & Fundraising Drive volunteer shifts are currently full we always welcome help. Click here to view a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, including: sorting food in the warehouse, helping our driver with food drop offs or driving our truck to collect food donations.
Square One Older Adult Centre, Peel Senior Link, and the City of Mississauga are presenting a free Seniors Information and Active Living Fair at Square One Older Adult Centre on:
Thursday, March 21st from Noon – 3:00pm
Friday, March 22nd from 10:00am – 1:00pm
This is a great opportunity to meet, talk with and find out about a variety of support and assistance services available to seniors in Mississauga.
There will be 33 different exhibitors each day. There will be presentations on: The Senior Driver; Fraud; and Ontario Tax Credits and Benefits for Seniors. The first 275 participants each day will receive a participant bag full of literature and promotional items. Free refreshments, entertainment and door prizes will be drawn every hour.
For more information please contact Lina Zita, Marketing & Community Development Coordinator for the Square One Older Adult Centre, by clicking here or by phone at (905) 615-3207 x107.
Special thanks to the Unitarian Congregation Church for donating 64 cases of Kraft Dinner from their very creative food drive! The church hosted a play where the audience was asked to wave boxes of Kraft Dinner at the evil villain instead of booing. What a great idea!