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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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 email@example.com.
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.
My name is Ingrid and I am the new Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator. It has been a pleasure meeting those of you who have already been in and I look forward to meeting the rest of you!
I wanted to touch base with you on a few things:
• Don’t forget to check your email before your shifts to ensure they have not been cancelled. Our slow summer season has started and donations are down which means we are opening less shifts and sometimes cancelling ones that have already been booked. This is disappointing for you and for us, but more importantly it means less food in the food bank.
• Please join us in walking in the July 1st Paint the Town Red Canada Day parade in Port Credit! Sign up on the Volunteer Calendar.
• Although sandal season has (finally!) arrived, proper footwear is still required in the warehouse. This means NO sandals, open toed shoes, ballet flats or high heels.
• Save the Date! Our Volunteer Appreciation Event will be held on Saturday, September 26th. This will be a family event. Details to follow.
Thank you for all of your help and support.
This is the time of year when our food supply typically dwindles and extra support is hugely important. Your donations will help ensure our clients have access to wholesome food throughout the summer.
Thank you for your generosity! To continue to support your neighbours this summer, please donate today.
The facts are daunting:
- 918,724 Canadians will access a food bank this summer.
- 37% of them are children.
- Food bank donations are at their lowest from June to August.
This year, The Mississauga Food Bank is proud to join over 100 food banks across the country in partnering with Food Banks Canada’s Every Plate Full initiative. The goal is simple: to fill the plates of every hungry Canadian.
From May 2 – 8, the Every Plate Full Food Drive is asking Canadians from coast to coast to become “plate fillers”.
Here’s how you can make #EveryPlateFull:
1. Visit our Every Plate Full Fundraising Page today to start a team, make a donation, or learn more about the campaign. Every $1 you give will provide 3 meals!
2. Help raise awareness about Canada’s widespread hunger by posting a picture of an empty plate on social media along with #EveryPlateFull and a link to our Fundraising Page to encourage donations.
Together, we can fill every single plate this summer.
In a true community effort, apartment buildings across the GTA banded together on the night of April 28th to fight hunger in their community. Running from April 28th to May 1st, the annual Spring H.O.P.E. (Housing Owners and People Everywhere) Food Drive is Canada’s largest door to door food drive.
Organized by the Greater Toronto Apartment Association (GTAA), over 1,000 apartment buildings in the GTA are pitching in to stock shelves throughout the lean summer months with a goal of 100,000 lbs of food. Among them, nearly 100 apartment buildings in Mississauga are participating in support of The Mississauga Food Bank.
Quoted by Inside Toronto, the Food Bank’s Meghan Nicholls commented that Spring H.O.P.E. is “an example of neighbours taking care of neighbours”. Last year’s drive raised an impressive 17,000 lbs for our hungry neighbours, a result we’re hoping will be exceeded this year. We will be posting the results early next week – stay tuned!
In a true community effort, you pulled together to fight hunger in Mississauga and your efforts have resulted in one of our most successful Spring Food and Fundraising Drives to date!
We are thrilled to announce that you donated $49,777 (Goal – $40,000), and 81,105 pounds (Goal – 80,000 pounds) of donated food.
We rely on the Spring Food and Fundraising Drive to keep our shelves stocked during the lean spring and summer months.
One week ago, we weren’t sure if we would meet our goals and extended our drive by an additional week. The community truly stepped up to the challenge and we are blown away by your incredible support!
On April 16th, we transported sponsors, supporters and volunteers to Paris in Springtime for our 2015 Fundraising Gala. It was a spectacular evening in which $89,320 was raised for our hungry neighbours. Thank you to everyone involved!
Visit our photo gallery to see more great photos from the evening!