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Mississauga families are struggling to make ends meet; one in five food bank users received help for the first time this year.

The Face of Hunger 2014Mississauga, Sept. 23, 2014 –There are hungry people in every corner of the city, and The Mississauga Food Bank needs the community’s help to provide them with enough nutritious food this Thanksgiving.

The Mississauga Food Bank launched its Annual Thanksgiving Drive yesterday with a goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food and raising $75,000 by Oct. 17. The food bank has also released its second annual report on hunger in the city – The Face of Hunger in Mississauga.

The report tells that one in five food bank visitors received help for the first time this year, and more than 70% of users have been living in Canada for more than three years. Food bank staff hope this information will break stereotypes that food bank users take advantage of the system and are mostly recent immigrants.

“It’s important to remember that the people who use food banks in Mississauga are our neighbours,” says Chris Hatch, Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “When you donate food or money to The Mississauga Food Bank, you’re supporting your own community, your neighbours, maybe your friends, family members or coworkers.”

Food bank staff and volunteers will be out at neighbourhood grocery stores collecting food and cash donations on Friday, Oct. 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Look for them at Loblaws (Mavis/Britannia-Heartland); Real Canadian Superstore (Argentia/Winston Churchill); Real Canadian Superstore (Mavis/Dundas); Loblaws (Glen Erin/Eglinton), and Metro (Southdown/Lakeshore). Food can also be donated year-round at any Mississauga fire station.

Read or download a copy of The Face of Hunger in Mississauga on our website.

To donate to The Mississauga Food Bank online, visit donate.themississaugafoodbank.org.

About The Mississauga Food Bank

The Mississauga Food Bank serves the entire city of Mississauga. Through its network of member agencies – including neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs – The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 209,000 meals each month.

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Media Contact:

Meghan Nicholls
meghan@themississaugafoodbank.org | 905-270-5589 x226

WP_20141204_010Two weeks into our annual Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive, The Mississauga Food Bank has received $135,645 and 118,720 pounds of food. Thanks to all the generous donors who have contributed so far – but at 45% of our monetary goal and 49% of our food goal, please continue to give. We need to raise $300,000 and 225,000 pounds of food by December 31 so that no one in Mississauga goes hungry during the holiday season or in the New Year. Remember – for every $1 you donate, TMFB can distribute food for 3 meals. Your food donations and cash donations will feed hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga this Holiday season.

Our Holiday Drive is sponsored by the Nissan Canada Foundation. Thank you for your ongoing support! thankyou-nissan

Small Christmas TreeTo say happy holidays to all of our volunteers, you’re invited to come on by for some eggnog and treats.

If you’re free during any of the following times, please drop in to say hello and Merry Christmas!

  • Wednesday, December 17 from 3-8pm
  • Thursday, December 18 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, December 22 from 2-4pm
  • Tuesday, December 23 from 2-4pm

Contact Sharbani Khan at sharbani@themississaugafoodbank.org or 905-270-5589 x221 with any questions.

Streetsville Santa Breakfast Cheque Presentation

Santa joins with Councillor George Carlson, Legion Secretary Ben Pearce, MP Brad Butt, and Rotarian Mark Cashin to present a cheque from the Royal Canadian Legion to Meghan Nicholls of The Mississauga Food Bank.

Thanks to MP Brad Butt and Councillor George Carlson for working with the Meadowvale and Streetsville Rotary Clubs and the Streetsville Legion to pull off a wonderful Santa Brunch on Sunday in support of The Mississauga Food Bank! Funds raised exceeded $2,500 which will provide 7,500 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga.

Thanks to Maple Lodge Farms, BreadKo Bakery, Rabba Fine Foods, COBS Bread, the Egg Farmers of Ontario and Tim Hortons for providing all the food so that proceeds could go to the food bank.

Holiday Notes from donors

Holiday notes to food bank families from our donors.

One week into our annual Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive, The Mississauga Food Bank has received $79,796 and 75,112 pounds of food. Thanks to all the generous donors who have contributed so far!

Please continue to give – we need to raise $300,000 and 225,000 pounds of food by December 31 so that no one in Mississauga goes hungry during the holiday season or in the New Year.

Remember – for every $1 you donate, TMFB can distribute food for 3 meals. Your food donations and cash donations will feed hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga this Holiday season.
Our Holiday Drive is sponsored by the Nissan Canada Foundation. Thank you for your ongoing support! thankyou-nissan

3 meals - just $1. Help Now.Your donations at this time of year are vital.

We need to raise $300,000 and 225,000 pounds of food by December 31 so that no one in Mississauga goes hungry during the holiday season or in the New Year.

Remember – for every $1 you donate, TMFB can distribute food for 3 meals.

Your food donations and cash donations will feed hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga this Holiday season.

Our Holiday Drive is sponsored by the Nissan Canada Foundation. Thank you for your ongoing support! thankyou-nissan

Annual Impact Report
Learn about how The Mississauga Food Bank uses your donations to distribute enough food for 2.5 million meals each year in our Annual Impact Report.

We take a look at the types of food distributed, volunteer hours put in, our member agencies throughout the city and the groups that support our work.

Tanya and the truckIf you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity over the holidays, we could really use drivers and driver’s assistants. 

Drivers need a G license and comfort driving a cube van. Assistants go along for the ride, helping unload food at our agencies and picking up food from our donors. These are great jobs to see first-hand how The Mississauga Food Bank gets food to our hungry neighbours.

To register, please visit our Volunteer Calendar.

Tracey and Princess Anne

Grant W. Martin Photography

A very big congratulations to TMFB volunteer Tracey Thompson.

She received the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from Princess Anne at a ceremony in Ottawa this week.

Tracey earned the award through her community service, skill development, physical activity and a four-day hiking trip on the Cambridge Rail Trail.

She has volunteered at many TMFB events and helps out every week, making thank you calls to our donors. We’re proud to have her on our team!

You can also learn more about Tracey and the award on the Mississauga News: http://bit.ly/1wyhd0x

 

OPP Cram the CruiserStarting on November 15, look for the OPP – Port Credit Detachment at grocery stores throughout the city collecting for The Mississauga Food Bank.

Their Cram the Cruiser campaign is the biggest community food drive for TMFB, last year they collected over $21,000 and nearly 42,000 pounds of food. Please take a bag and buy a few extra items for our hungry neighbours and drop a few dollars in their jars.

November 15 and 16 – Real Canadian Superstore, Mavis and Dundas
November 22 and 23 – Loblaws, 5010 Glen Erin Dr.
November 29 and 30 - Loblaws, Heartland Town Centre
December 6 and 7 – Loblaws, 250 Lakeshore Rd. W.


It was a pleasure to welcome our Visionary Sponsor, Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners of Mississauga, to the warehouse last night. We’re so grateful for their dedication to fighting hunger in Mississauga – it was great to have them here!

Tim Hortons Mississauga Logo