- Mississauga soldiers collecting food and cash at local grocery stores for The Mississauga Food Bank
- Holiday Drive Update
- Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
- Food Bank Families in Mississauga to Get More Milk Starting This Week
- Get Ready For ‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas
- The Mississauga Food Bank Launches its 2013 Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive
- Buy a Rotary Christmas Hamper for a hungry family
- Farmers’ Tax Credit for Food Bank Donations Becomes Law
- Hunger Count 2013
We are so lucky in Mississauga to have an incredible group of community partners and generous donors who support our work. More than any other time of year, the holiday season is when our community comes together to support our hungry neighbours.
So far this year, our donors have contributed $30,585 and 39,865 pounds of food towards our goals of $200,000 and 250,000 pounds of food before December 31.
If you would like to support us, here are some of the events going on across Mississauga, or you can make a donation online:
- OPP Port Credit Detachment’s Cram the Cruiser – December 7 & 8 at Loblaws, Credit Landing
- Twas the Bite Before Christmas
- Scottish Regiment Food Drive – December 7 at Metro, Sheridan Mall; December 14 at Sobeys, 2458 Dundas St. W
- Rotary Hamper Fundraiser
- The Mississauga Food Bank’s Holiday Open House
If you’re interested in running your own event at work, school or home, learn more here.
The Mississauga Food Bank’s network needs a lot of volunteer help over the next several weeks! Donate some of your time to help our hungry neighbours during the holiday season!
Opportunities with The Mississauga Food Bank
- Santa Claus Parade - register to walk with The Mississauga Food Bank on Sunday, November 24
- Volunteer Driver – if you’re over 25 and have a G license, help us out by driving our cube van around Mississauga, making deliveries at our member agencies and picking up food from our generous donors. It’s a great way to see what we do up close! Three- or four-hour shifts available.
- Driver’s Assistant - help our staff driver with pick ups and deliveries across the city.
- Warehouse Volunteer - Sort donated food and get it ready for shipment to our member agencies.
Opportunities with our member agencies and community partners
- Twas the Bite Before Christmas
Streetsville Breakfast volunteers
- Sunday, December 1, 8:30-10:30am
- Sunday, December 1, 10:30am-12:30pm
Contact Katie Miller at email@example.com or 905-812-1811.
- Seva Food Bank - http://www.sevafoodbank.com/volunteer/
- Breakfast with Santa Foundation
- Saturday, December 7, 14, 21 – The Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Rd.
- Sunday, December 15 – Portugese Cultural Centre Mississauga, Queen & Britannia Rd.
- Sunday, December 22 – Mississauga Grand Banquet and Convention Centre, 35 Brunel Rd.
Contact Maria for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmers who donate their fruits and vegetables to food banks will receive a 25% tax credit based on the market value of the food. Here’s what Executive Director Chris Hatch had to say about the announcement.
Learn more about the act here.
This morning, Food Banks Canada released its Hunger Count 2013 report. It gives an overview of food bank use across the country and makes suggestions on actions that can help people living in poverty, including to:
- Commit to adequate, long-term federal funding of affordable housing in Canada, so that people are not forced to choose between paying rent or buying food.
- Increase social investment in northern Canada to address the stunning levels of food insecurity in northern regions.
- Increase federal support from $500 million to $700 million per year for existing programs funded under Labour Market Agreements, to help the most vulnerable Canadians get training to qualify for well-paying jobs.
- Revolutionize social assistance so that people can build self-sufficiency instead of being trapped in poverty.
- Increase federal and provincial support to help people working in low-paying, part-time, and temporary jobs attain better-paid, long-term employment.
The Mississauga Food Bank’s statistics are included in Hunger Count 2013. For Mississauga-specific information, please read The Face of Hunger in Mississauga 2013 report.
Ten years ago today, this article was published in The Mississauga News. It’s based on an interview with Rabbi Lawrence Englander, one of the creators of Mississauga’s first food bank. It’s amazing to see how many things have changed, and how much has stayed the same, when it comes to hunger in Mississauga.
Continue reading below to see how things have changed, then read our Face of Hunger 2013 report to learn more about hunger in Mississauga.
|When Mississauga’s first food bank opened in 1986, poverty in Peel Region was seen “as a short term problem that would soon be phased out.” But that wasn’t the case in 2003.
|The Region of Peel reports that 17% of people in Peel live in poverty today.|
|“Foodpath started out serving a few dozen families a month,” according to Englander. In 2003, more than 5,500 people relied on Foodpath monthly.
|Now, The Mississauga Food Bank receives 59,000 visits from clients across the city every month, distributing enough food for over 229,000 meals.|
|“The poverty and hunger was very alarming and disturbing back then, and it’s still alarming today.”
|Over 121,000 people live in poverty in Mississauga – hunger and poverty are still very alarming ten years later.|
|“Foodpath studies showed the majority of families would only use it temporarily or on occasion.”
|Most of The Mississauga Food Bank’s clients use the food bank for less than one year.|
|“We’re talking about people who need help or were going through a rough path in their lives,” said Englander. “A lot of people found it embarrassing to come to Foodpath, but we encourage them not to be.”
|There should be no shame in visiting a food bank. Most of our clients first visit the food bank after losing work or experiencing an illness or injury – this can happen to anyone and is nothing to be embarrassed about.|
|“The growing needs of the community over the years have brought many changes to Foodpath, including a different location and more programs.”||In 2009, the name was changed to The Mississauga Food Bank, but we still work out of the Goldenridge Rd. location. Now TMFB has expanded to work with over 50 agencies across the city.
|“Despite the changing landscape of Mississauga, two things remain constant at Foodpath. Half the clientele are children, and dedicated volunteers still ensure Foodpath operates efficiently.”
|In 2013, 51% of our clients are children. And our volunteers contributed thousands of hours to support The Mississauga Food Bank’s work.
We are so grateful to everyone who donated, ran a food drive, volunteered and collected food or funds for us. You have made a difference to hungry families in Mississauga!
Now our volunteers are hard at work – sorting, packing and shipping the food out to our member agencies.
Mississauga, Oct. 17, 2013 – Community members have shown The Mississauga Food Bank an incredible amount of support over the past week, putting the organization’s Thanksgiving Drive goals within reach.
Over the holiday weekend, volunteers put in nearly 1,000 hours collecting food and money at grocery stores across the city. Since the start of the drive, the food bank has collected 78,000 pounds of food and raised over $63,000. The target of the Thanksgiving Drive, which ends on Oct. 18, is to bring in 100,000 pounds of food and $75,000.
“During the Thanksgiving Drive we heard from people who used to need help from the food bank but now they’re in a position to give,” says Chris Hatch, Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “Whether people are able to give a little or a lot, it all comes together to support our neighbours and communities.”
Anyone can still donate food at their nearest fire station or grocery stores across the city. Monetary donations can be accepted online, in person, by mail or telephone.
In 2012 The Mississauga Food Bank collected 85,000 pounds of food and raised over $65,000 during the Thanksgiving Drive.
About The Mississauga Food Bank
The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in Mississauga. It provides food for over 229,000 meals each month through its network of member agencies 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.
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What can YOU do with $25? Help us provide food for 75 hungry neighbours!
$25 may not go too far these days… but The Mississauga Food Bank can stretch $25 to provide meals to 75 hungry people in our community.
What can you do to help our hungry neighbours?
Donate money – http://bit.ly/19J771B
Donate food – any Mississauga fire station and many local grocery stores collect food on our behalf
Donate your time – http://bit.ly/1fI7Rdf
Volunteers make the work of The Mississauga Food Bank possible. Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who came out to help us shoot this video!
Global News visited The Mississauga Food Bank’s warehouse and The Compass when they put the spotlight on poverty in Mississauga. You can watch the segment here: http://globalnews.ca/video/868970/hidden-secret-in-mississauga-poverty
Chris Hatch, Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank, attended the Honourable Minister of Finance Charles Sousa’s consultation on 2013 Path to Jobs & Growth in Ontario, which was held in Mississauga.
Learn more about the consultations on the Government of Ontario’s website.