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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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!
We’re extending our Spring Drive until April 17th to raise enough to feed our neighbours!
So far, you’ve donated over 55,000 pounds of food and $28,000 since the Spring Drive launched on March 23. Thank you!
But another 25,000 lbs and $12,000 are still required to feed our hungry neighbours all spring and summer long.
It doesn’t take a lot to feed your hungry neighbours. For every $1 you give, hungry kids, families and seniors will receive food for 3 meals!
Our Spring Drive is sponsored by RBC. Thank you for your ongoing support!
There are just 10 days left for our annual Spring Food and Fundraising Drive! To date, The Mississauga Food Bank has received $5,309 and 28,973 pounds of food. Thanks to all of the generous donors who have contributed so far!
Please continue to give generously – we need to raise $40,000 and 80,000 pounds of food by April 10 so that no one in Mississauga goes hungry during the spring and summer months.
Remember – for every $1 you donate, TMFB can distribute food for 3 meals.
Volunteers from RBC will be at local grocery stores on Saturday, April 4 collecting food and cash donations.
- Loblaws Glen Erin Market
- Loblaws Heartland Market
- Loblaws Superstore (Winston Churchill and Argentia)
- Loblaws Superstore (Mavis and Dundas)
I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all who have helped the Food Bank in so many different ways.
It has been my pleasure and privilege to interact with all of you, who give so generously of your time and effort. It has been a humbling experience to meet so many fine neighbours who give selflessly.
Some of you have become our ‘go to’ whenever we are in need of volunteers for specific roles. Drivers, Driver’s Assistants, in the Warehouse, at stores during Food Drives, at Special Events – the list is endless.
I am moving on, with a deep sense of gratitude to all of you, dear volunteers. It brings me great satisfaction to think that The Mississauga Food Bank has this valuable cache of loyal volunteers who will always step up to the task at hand and continue to contribute in all ways they can.
Thank you for everything! We could not do what we do without your support.
14.5% of Mississauga residents live in poverty, struggling to feed themselves and their families. We envision a community in which no one goes hungry and, with your help, we can make it happen this Spring.
Our 2015 Spring Drive is launching on March 23, with goals of 80,000 lbs of food and $40,000!
We need your help to bring in our most-needed items: peanut butter, canned fruit and baby formula.
There are many ways to get involved:
Run a food drive
Click here to learn how to organize your own food drive. Make sure to register your food drive with us by clicking here. Registering helps us better track your drive and provide recognition of your efforts when it is complete.
If you’re looking for a poster to promote your drive, please click here.
Make a donation
Hunger is a reality for thousands of people in Mississauga. You can make a difference. Cash donations are accepted to distribute the donated food and purchase most-needed items during the spring and summer.
With just $20 you can help us provide enough food for 60 meals! Click here to make a donation online or call us at 905.270.5589 to donate over the phone. We also accept donations by mail, simply send your cheque or credit card information to: The Mississauga Food Bank, 3121 Universal Dr, Mississauga ON L4X 2E2.
Volunteers from RBC will be out at local grocery stores on Saturday, April 4 collecting food and cash donations 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.
Volunteer opportunities for the April 4 grocery store collections are now available! Sign up, tell your friends and don’t miss the chance to some spend quality time with us for a good cause.
To sign up as a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer Calendar.
Thank you to Dan Meadowcroft and the team behind December’s T’was the Bite Before Christmas series of events. Dan, who serves as Chair of T’was the Bite, recently delivered a donation of $13,000 in support of The Mississauga Food Bank – which is in addition to $25,000 donated in January. In total, the community initiative raised $50,000, two tons of food and over 400 turkeys for The Mississauga Food Bank and The Compass food bank.
2015 marks the seventh anniversary of T’was the Bite and the team of dedicated volunteers and number of planned events are growing. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie will serve as the 2015 Honourary Chair and is honoured to be involved: “I have always said Mississauga is a city that cares. Our compassion is evident in the work that Dan Meadowcroft – and the entire leadership team from T’was the Bite Before Christmas undertake – to improve the quality of life for all Mississaugans”.