Mississauga families are struggling to make ends meet; one in five food bank users received help for the first time this year.
Mississauga, 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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With Thanksgiving just 5 days away, we’ve been so grateful for every gift that’s been given. So far, you’ve helped us raise 52,626 pounds of food and $25,979! Generosity like yours is the reason why neighbours—both yours and ours—can eat a full meal during the traditional celebrations of harvest, bounty and gratitude. Did you know that at The Mississauga Food Bank, we source 47 member agencies around the city with wholesome food, with the goal of ensuring that families in every community have access to non-perishables, as well as meat, dairy and produce?
In Mississauga, 15% of residents and 20% of children live in poverty. Our vision is that no one goes hungry.
Your gift will make it possible for parents who are struggling to make ends meet to feed their children healthy meals. When you give, you are making an impact on your community and showing that you care about the greater good. If you haven’t had the chance to give this Thanksgiving season, it’s not too late to donate! Please help us reach our goal of 80,000 pounds of food and $80,000 by October 16th!
There are 16 days left for our annual Thanksgiving Drive and Mayor Crombie’s Food Drive Challenge! To date, The Mississauga Food Bank has received $15,824 and 33,160 pounds of food. Thanks to all of the generous donors who have contributed so far!
Please continue to give generously – we need to raise $80,000 and 80,000 pounds of food by October 16 to feed our neighbours in need this Thanksgiving season.
Volunteers will be at local grocery stores on Thankgiving weekend (Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11) collecting food and cash donations.
Find them at:
- Loblaws Glen Erin Market
- Loblaws Heartland Market
- Loblaws Port Credit
- Loblaws Superstore (Winston Churchill and Argentia)
- Loblaws Superstore (Mavis and Dundas)
We still need lots of volunteers! Sign up here.
Our Thanksgiving Drive is sponsored by Enersource, COBS Bread & Scotts Canada Ltd. Thank you for your ongoing support!
The Face of Hunger is our annual report profiling who is receiving food from The Mississauga Food Bank, their challenges, and how they are struggling to get by.
This year’s Face of Hunger uncovers the greatest challenge faced by food bank clients: low incomes. Clients reported an average household monthly income of $1,319, equating to $15,828 annually – well below the poverty line. When asked why they require a food bank, more than 1 in 5 reported challenges with employment, such as low wages, not enough hours, no benefits, delayed wages, or a recent lost job.
To learn more, click here to download the report.
Thanks to last year’s 4,349 generous donors, The Mississauga Food Bank distributed 2,196,726 meals to feed our hungry neighbours. We are truly an organization FOR the community, supported BY the community.
Click here to read how YOUR generosity feeds Mississauga.
By now, the summer heat has thoroughly warmed up the soil and with some TLC, even small urban plots can produce prolific yields.
We welcome fresh fruit and veggie donations. If you have your own garden, consider sharing your harvest, which you can drop off directly at our warehouse.
Perhaps grow an extra row or two of your favorite veggie. Or split your harvest down the middle, taking only what you need and passing along the rest. You can make an impact on the family next door by sharing today.
Do you have a tree in your yard that produces too many plums, apples or pears than you know what to do with? By giving to us to source the community, you may even help reduce waste!
More importantly, you are helping your neighbours who are struggling to make ends meet.
At The Mississauga Food Bank, we’re proud to say that 48% of the food we distribute is fresh produce, dairy and meat! Help us increase that amount and bring better health and nutrition to your community.
Whether it’s your goal to collect food, raise funds or a combination of both, community events of all sizes play a very important part in raising awareness about hunger in Mississauga and providing the food and funds we need to feed our hungry neighbours. Want to be a hunger fighter in your community? Here’s how:
1. Get creative
Community events aren’t just a great way to raise food and funds…they’re also FUN. Think outside the box! Check out some creative event ideas and get inspired.
2. Set a goal…and continue to raise it
Having something to aim for is key – and don’t be afraid to set your sights high! A fundraising goal is a great way to inspire yourself and others. Aim for a specific dollar amount, weight, or try to fill a lobby, lunchroom or office. Are you getting close to your goal? Why not aim even higher!
3. Form a team
There is nothing like the camaraderie of putting on an event with family, friends and co-workers. A team will help foster friendly competition, inspiration, encouragement and participation. The more the merrier, right?
4. Spread the word
It’s easier than ever these days to promote your drive. Spread the word on on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites. Tag us in your post and we’ll share it, too! You can also download and print an up-to-date poster of our Most Needed Items. And don’t forget to keep track of your success and send out emails and post updates to keep everyone excited and involved.
5. Go online
Our Virtual Food Drive is a simple, fun and secure online fundraising tool. With just a few clicks, you can set up a personalized fundraising page with your message and image, then email it within your network. It’s easy to share and also great for facilitating group participation. Competition-style drives can encourage greater participation from teams in any location.
6. Follow up
Saying ‘thank you’ is a simple thing to do, but also one of the most powerful. Make sure to say thank you to everyone who supported you. Send emails, write personal notes and thank people in person. After we receive the donation from a community event, a thank you letter will be sent to the event organizer. Duplicate it and send it to your donors!
For more tips and information on getting started, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the spirit of Ramadan, #Give30 has raised over $16,000 for our hungry neighbours in Mississauga and a record-breaking $112,000 nationwide, since its launch in June. Let’s keep up the momentum!
By forgoing bought lunches and coffee for a month—and gifting us the money you saved by doing so—you can make a difference in the lives of families in your community who are struggling to make ends meet. You could even take the opportunity to fast in an effort to take a few steps in the shoes of those who are living in poverty.
Although Ramadan is now over, we’re extending the campaign to September 11th because we’re so excited about the change we know we can make, if we continue to work together. It’s not too late to give, so please, make your contribution today!
#Give30 encourages everyone, regardless of faith, to fight hunger in their community. You can be a part of the fight against hunger, too.
With just under a month left to give, the time to act is now! No matter what size your gift is, know that every dollar counts!
We’re saying goodbye this week to our summer student, Danuta. For the past few months, Danuta has been working hard in our warehouse helping to ensure we distribute food across Mississauga as quickly and effectively as possible. Before moving on to pursue her studies in Social Work at York University, she sat down to chat about her experience.
So, what were the big takeaways from working at The Mississauga Food Bank? Any surprises?
I knew that poverty existed in Mississauga but the biggest shock was just how widespread it is. A lot of people only think of Mississauga as an affluent suburb but working in the Food Bank warehouse really makes you realize how many hungry people live here. Every week, we’re distributing food to 43 Member Agencies across the city.
You had the opportunity to visit Member Agencies to speak with and gain feedback from clients. What was that like?
I loved it! It was great to see where the food is going and meet the families being fed. I especially connected with the single moms. I’m a mom myself. Can you imagine watching your child go hungry? Having your neighbourhood food bank to turn to is so incredibly important.
Prior to working with the Food Bank, you had a co-op placement with one of our newest Member Agencies, the Peel Aboriginal Network.
Yes, PAN is a special organization. I don’t have an Aboriginal background, but they were so warm and welcoming to me. It was also an eye-opening experience. I learned a lot about the injustice and poverty face by the Aboriginal community. PAN does important work – it’s the only organization in Mississauga working to support the growing Aboriginal population in Peel.
Thank you for your hard work, Danuta! We’re going to miss you.
No, thank you! I’m so grateful for this experience. Knowing that I’m helping to feed hungry families in my community is an incredible feeling.
In 2012, Toronto lawyer and social activist, Ziyaad Mia, experienced a real “eureka” moment. Ziyaad was fasting during the month of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar in which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. It occured to him that he was saving a considerable amount of money during his fast — just skipping his daily coffee was really adding up. What if he could use this extra cash to help the millions of Canadians experiencing real hunger? And, with that, Give 30 was born.
Give 30 is an annual fundraising campaign that encourages everyone, regardless of faith, to fight hunger in their community during the month of Ramadan by supporting their local food bank. The idea is simple yet effective: if you’re fasting, tally up your lunch and coffee money saved during the month and give that amount. Or, if you’re not fasting, brown bag your lunch and give the money you saved. It might be a small change for 30 days, but it can make a huge impact.
Last year, the campaign raised over $11,000 for our hungry neighbours in Mississauga and $100,000 nation-wide! The campaign’s timing is perfect, as food banks across the country face yearly donation lows during the summer season.
Give 30 launches on June 11th, donate today!
Visit give30.ca to learn more.
As of June 1, 2015, The Compass Food Bank will serve residents of postal code L5E.
Anyone in need and living in Mississauga is eligible to use their neighbourhood food bank or other food program regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or immigration status.
You will receive 7-10 days of nutritious food each month to help you and your family.
Click here to find your food bank.