Royce Li picking up fresh broccoli from TMFBSince the launch of the Rick Hansen Culinary Program – a partnership between Rick Hansen Secondary School and The Mississauga Food Bank – TMFB’s clients have received homemade chicken pot pies, carrot soup, broccoli quiche, chicken teriyaki and broccoli cheddar soup.

The meals are made by Rick Hansen students using fresh ingredients from The Mississauga Food Bank. The prepared foods are then donated back to the food bank to be distributed to neighbourhood food banks and meal programs all over Mississauga.

 

Click here to learn more about the Rick Hansen Culinary Program.

Click here to see photos of the Rick Hansen Culinary Program.

Scotts Canada growing kitsThe Mississauga Food Bank’s clients can grow their own fresh lettuce this year with these handy growing kits – including planter, soil, lettuce seeds and a help guide – donated by Scotts Canada! The kits are on their way out to clients this week.

Last year clients received everything they needed to grow fresh tomatoes. Thank you to Scotts Canada for continuing to get fresh food to The Mississauga Food Bank’s clients.

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DSCF0040_optMISSISSAUGA, ON. (April 4, 2014)
– Today, the Nissan Canada Foundation and The Mississauga Food Bank announced they will deepen their relationship as the Nissan Canada Foundation becomes the food bank’s “Champion Sponsor,” for 2014 and 2015. During the course of the year, Nissan – through the Nissan Canada Foundation – will host six “Helping Hands” volunteer events and sponsor several food drives, including the city-wide Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive in December where the Nissan Canada Foundation will be the title sponsor.

After celebrating its 20th anniversary last year, the Nissan Canada Foundation decided to further integrate Nissan’s Global Corporate Social Responsibility vision of improving the quality of life in the communities in which Nissan operates byincreasing its involvement with The Mississauga Food Bank and becoming one of the food bank’s two main sponsors. As the food bank’s “Champion” sponsor, the Nissan Canada Foundation will invite Nissan Canada employees from the head office and local dealerships – 401 Dixie Nissan, Direct Nissan and Woodchester Nissan – to rally together at an increased number of volunteer-driven events this year to help relieve hunger in Mississauga.

The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in Mississauga, providing food for over 229,000 meals each month through its network of member agencies including neighbourhood food banks, before-school breakfast clubs, youth-at-risk drop-in programs, hot meal programs, youth and family shelters, and emergency food pantries. These agencies are located in areas of the city where need is highest, and in locations that can be easily accessed by those who need emergency food support.

“As the food bank for Mississauga, we distribute food for 2.8 million meals annually, but we can’t do that without the generous support of partners like Nissan Canada,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “To say we are grateful for the Nissan Canada Foundation’s support for the past eight years would be an understatement. We’re thrilled to work more closely with Nissan employees this year with the shared aim of ensuring no one in Mississauga goes hungry.”

The Nissan Canada Foundation will kick off its “Champion” sponsorship status by providing a loan of the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue over the Victoria Day long weekend as the prize in a random draw for The Mississauga Food Bank’s eighth annual gala on April 10th. A series of volunteer events follows later in the spring, including the first of six “helping hands” events which will be hosted by the Nissan Canada Foundation.

“For more than twenty years, the city of Mississauga has been home for many of Nissan employees, dealers, customers and even our Canadian head office,” said Christian Meunier, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “Looking back on two decades of helping the community, our employees can be proud of all their hard work and the positive impact they have had. But in true Nissan fashion, we will not rest on our laurels, and this year, this dedicated army of volunteers is ready to step up our efforts again for the important cause of eliminating hunger in the city of Mississauga.”

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About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($US118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

About Nissan Canada
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 184 independent Nissan dealerships, 35 Infiniti retailers and 44 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.

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 229,000 meals each month.

About The Nissan Canada Foundation

Created in 1993 to be the umbrella for all of Nissan Canada’s philanthropic activities, the Nissan Canada Foundation is now celebrating over 20 years of supporting more than 38 organizations across Canada. During that time, the foundation has encouraged Nissan employees to give back to their communities and provided financial assistance and more than 300 vehicles worth more than $50 million vehicles to organizations in need of vehicle support. These organizations include Habitat for Humanity Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, the Breakfast for Kids Program and many others. More information about The Nissan Canada Foundation can be found online at www.foundation.nissan.ca

Media contacts:

Didier Marsaud
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Tel: 416-573-7231
Email: didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com

Pamela Sleightholm
Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator
The Mississauga Food Bank
905-270-5589 x227
Pamela@themississaugafoodbank.org 

Jenn McCarthy
Cohn & Wolfe
Tel: 647-259-3305
Email: jennifer.mccarthy@cohnwolfe.ca

 

Coloplast - Volunteer Group of the Year 2011

Coloplast – Volunteer Group of the Year 2011

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Beth Taylor, Volunteer of the Year 2013

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Collecting at the grocery stores

Volunteers make The Mississauga Food Bank’s work possible. In the past year, our volunteers have donated over 9,500 hours of their time to fight hunger and feed hope in Mississauga. We have an amazing team of volunteers we can call upon when we need help – 2,662 individuals and 235 groups helped us sort food, collected donations or worked at a special event since this time last year.

Every April, Canadians take one week to appreciate the incredible contribution that volunteers make in our society. Leading up to National Volunteer Week, we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has given their time – you have made a great difference and have shown our hungry neighbours that you care!

 

 

 

blank realistic spiral notebook2014 Spring Food and Fundraising Drive focuses on most-needed fare 

Mississauga, Mar. 27, 2014 – Peanut butter, canned meat or fish, and canned fruits or vegetables – that’s what The Mississauga Food Bank is asking donors to shop for this spring.

Focusing on these core items will help meet clients’ needs while reducing the resources it takes to sort, store and ship food that’s already highly available, like crackers, dry pasta and desserts.

The annual Spring Food and Fundraising Drive, sponsored by RBC, begins April 1 and runs until April 25. The goals are to raise 75,000 pounds of the top five items, and $25,000.

“In the past we’ve focused on bringing in a specific volume of non-perishable food of all types,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “This year we want to concentrate on the foods our clients need most and that we are often low on – canned fruits and vegetables and high-protein staples: peanut butter, canned fish and meat.”

Volunteers from RBC will be out at Mississauga grocery stores on Saturday, April 19 collecting food and cash for The Mississauga Food Bank. They will be at Loblaws Glen Erin Market (Glen Erin and Eglinton), Loblaws Heartland Market (Mavis and Britannia), Loblaws Superstore (Winston Churchill and Argentia) and Loblaws Superstore (Mavis and Dundas). Food can also be donated at any Mississauga fire station.

The food bank is also accepting monetary donations to support the Spring Food and Fundraising Drive. Donations can be made by phone, 905.270.5589, or online at www.themississaugafoodbank.org/donate.

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 229,000 meals each month.

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Media Contact:

Pamela Sleightholm
Pamela@themississaugafoodbank.org
905-270-5589 x227

DSC04403_opt (1)A new partnership between Egg Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Food Banks will provide OAFB member food banks with eggs!

Starting in May 2014, 12,000 dozen eggs will be distributed across the province each month. “This program will help ensure that the thousands of Ontarians that are relying on food banks each month will receive the proper nutrition that they need to survive and thrive,” says OAFB.

“Protein-rich foods are always in high demand,”says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank.”Through this new partnership, we’ll be able to provide our clients with a fresh and nutritious source of protein every month.”

DSCF0014_optCan Fruit_optSince November, The Mississauga Food Bank has been purchasing in-demand food for our clients, starting with milk. We have more than doubled the amount of fresh milk our clients receive each month.

Now we’re going beyond milk to buy more healthy foods that our clients need – mainly peanut butter, tuna and canned fruit – with the help of our supporters, including the Pendle Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga.

Earlier this month we bought nearly 8,000 packages of canned fruit. Now we have over 5,500 jars of peanut butter ready to go out to our agencies.

“We want to be able to give our clients a range of healthy food options to feed their families,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank.

“Having money to purchase the food we most urgently need in bulk gives us great buying power and makes us less dependent on food donations, which can be unpredictable and sporadic,” Chris says. “We’re so appreciative of these donations that help us to purchase and distribute the nutritious food that our clients need.”

Support The Mississauga Food Bank’s goal to provide healthy food to our hungry neighbours – please donate today.

house_optWinter has finally started melting away and spring cleaning time is just around the corner. You can clear the clutter and help needy families in Mississauga at the same time!

  • Furniture is costly and adds up fast. For low-income families, especially people who have just relocated, getting the basics can be tough. Donate your used furniture to the Mississauga Furniture Bank. Organizations like The Mississauga Food Bank refer clients to the furniture bank when they need help. The Mississauga Furniture Bank will pick up your unwanted items and get them ready for their new home! More than anything else right now, the Mississauga Furniture Bank needs beds.
  • Have an unwanted toaster, vacuum, X-box etc.? Gift-it.com is an online auction site where you can sell your items with proceeds going to The Mississauga Food Bank.

24HB2_optTune in to CFRE 91.9FM for its first 24-hour broadcast, starting this Saturday, March 22 at noon and wrapping up Sunday, March 23 at noon.

There will be live musical performances and interviews. A volunteer from UTM’s food bank will speak about hunger and post-secondary students, and TMFB staff Chris Hatch and Meghan Nicholls will be on the air to talk about hunger in Mississauga. Tell your friends and help us spread the word!

Visit www.cfreradio.com for more information.

This week Chris Hatch, TMFB’s executive director, was invited to join a panel discussion about food banks and social safety nets for the University of Guelph’s Hunger Awareness Week. He and staff from food banks in Guelph, Cambridge, Brantford and Paris took part in the discussion.

Here are some of the questions they took on:

  • What cycles or patterns underline food bank service provision?
  • How do you manage your supply inventory?
  • As a non-profit, how do you track internal operations, for example, what metrics, targets and tracking measures do you employ?
  • How do you feel that food banks fit within a broadly defined framework to eliminate poverty in Ontario?

 

Pat Singleton, Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank; Tracy Marchesich, Guelph Food Bank; Thomas Heeman, University of Guelph; Chris Hatch, The Mississauga Food Bank; Britney Skelton, Guelph Campus Food Bank; William Ratelband, Salvation Army Brantford & Paris

Pat Singleton, Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank; Tracy Marchesich, Guelph Food Bank; Thomas Heeman, University of Guelph; Chris Hatch, The Mississauga Food Bank; Britney Skelton, Guelph Campus Food Bank; William Ratelband, Salvation Army Brantford & Paris


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