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Mississauga, Nov. 20, 2013 – For the first time, The Mississauga Food Bank will be purchasing in-demand food for its clients, starting with milk.
Food bank clients often express their need for more nutritious food, especially milk. While The Mississauga Food Bank strives to provide the most nutritious food possible, the organization relies on what is provided by generous donors. Until this week, client families received one litre of milk per month, regardless of family size. Children make up 51 per cent of the food bank’s client base, and Canada’s food guide indicates families need more milk to meet their children’s needs.
“Young children require milk to develop into healthy adults,” says Carolyn Parrish, vice president of The Mississauga Food Bank. “My grandkids go through several litres a day without the restrictions poverty would impose.”
Prompted by her comparison between what the food bank could provide and the milk her grandchildren need, Parrish organized the Grand Ole Jamboree event in September, successfully raising the required funds for the food purchasing fund for the upcoming year.
“Food bank client families will now receive at least twice as much milk at their monthly visit,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “Giving our clients better access to nutritious food like milk makes a big difference to their health and quality of life, especially for children. We’re very grateful to Carolyn Parrish and the generous donors who made this possible.”
The Mississauga Food Bank received its first increased milk order today, provided at cost and delivered by Rabba Fine Foods. Other organizations that supported the jamboree and made the food purchasing fund possible include Mattamy Homes, Precise ParkLink, Cold Stone Creamery, Rotary Meadowvale, Paradise Homes, Direct Nissan and Sam McDadi Real Estate. Masjid Al-Farooq also supported the food purchasing fund.
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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