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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

Precise ParkLink
Precise ParkLink Inc.’s community had the pleasure of uniting for The Mississauga Food Bank during the last week of January. Together our donations amounted to 505 pounds of non-perishable food items for those who are hungry in the City of Mississauga!

 

From the moment we announced that Precise ParkLink Inc. was hosting a food drive, all employees jumped on board and were eager to support the cause. The week long food drive was inspired by the idea that we could make a difference in the city of Mississauga, a community where many of our employees live, and where we’re a key partner.

 

Precise ParkLink Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer, Luigi Lato expresses that he is “thrilled with the amount of food that was accumulated by the Precise ParkLink community.” He adds, “I look forward to hosting more events that will continue to bring our staff together for a good cause!”

 

Adding to Luigi Lato’s excitement, Peter Groccia, the Chief Executive Officer of Precise ParkLink Inc. expressed that, “The food drive was a huge success. Precise ParkLink is grateful to be in a position to help ensure that no child, senior, or family goes hungry.”

 

Look out for Precise ParkLink Inc. as we continue to be a supporting partner to the City of Mississauga and plan to exceed our past accomplishments.

 

Thank you to all Precise ParkLink Inc. employees who supported the cause!

 

Workplace food drives are a great way to engage your team and make a real impact in our community!

Click here to get started. Please contact Sheena at sheena@themississaugafoodbank.org or 905-270-5589 x.227 with any questions.

Nissan Canada Foundation renews relationship with central food bank in Mississauga through multi-year sponsorship

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. (February 8, 2016) – Today, the Nissan Canada Foundation and The Mississauga Food Bank announced they will deepen their relationship as the Nissan Canada Foundation renews its support as the food bank’s “Champion Sponsor” for 2016 and 2017. Nissan – through the Nissan Canada Foundation – will provide volunteer support and sponsor several food drives, including the city-wide Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive in December where the Nissan Canada Foundation will be the leading sponsor.

“Today as we announce this renewal that will continue our Foundation’s work with The Mississauga Food Bank, I can feel this sense of pride around me, making this joyful occasion an even greater pleasure for me, as newly-appointed president, to be part of,” said Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc.

The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in Mississauga, where the Nissan Canadian head office has been situated since 1989. The Mississauga Food Bank has been providing food for over 2.2-million meals each year 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.

“We provide food for 183,000 meals each month and we can’t do that without the generous support of partners like the Nissan Canada Foundation,” 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 10 years would be an understatement. We’re delighted to continue working with Nissan employees to achieve our shared vision of a Mississauga where no one goes hungry.”

As “Champion” sponsor, The Nissan Canada Foundation will continue paying close attention to local community needs with their summer Food for Thought Food Drive. As donations to The Mississauga Food Bank fall dramatically in the summer months, the Nissan Canada Foundation will rally together Nissan Canada employees from the head office and local dealerships – Direct Nissan and Woodchester Nissan – to raise food and funds at this critical time.

“The city of Mississauga is our home, our employees and dealers have spent two decades giving back to this community, hoping to have a meaningful impact. Today we honour this work by reaffirming our commitment to continuing the fight against hunger in this city,” concluded Paiva.

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About Nissan Motor Co.

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 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

 

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 Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 190 independent Nissan dealerships, 39 Infiniti retailers and 45 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 Nissan Canada Foundation
Created in 1993 the Foundation aims to deliver on Nissan’s corporate vision of enriching people’s lives, by improving the quality of life in the communities in which Nissan operates. Aligned with Nissan’s three chosen areas of focus; the environment, education and humanitarian relief, the Foundation establishes lasting partnerships ensuring its efforts lead to long-term tangible differences in people’s lives. This approach has resulted in long-standing support for The Mississauga Food Bank, a local organization, as well as a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, formed in 2008. Equally passionate about Canada’s future, the Foundation supports endowments, bursaries and in-kind donations. Today these have an estimated value of over two million dollars. The Foundation has provided financial assistance to these partners over the course of two decades, but it has also provided over 5,550 hours of donated labour, realizing that the true value of these efforts is in the outcomes they have enabled. An understanding best achieved through personal involvement.

 

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 2.2 million meals each year.

Media contacts:

Didier Marsaud
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Tel: 905-629-6400
Email: didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com
 
Jenn McCarthy
Cohn & Wolfe
Tel: 647-259-3305
Email: jennifer.mccarthy@cohnwolfe.ca
 
Sheena McDonald
Marketing and Development Coordinator
The Mississauga Food Bank
905-270-5589 x227
E-mail: sheena@themississaugafoodbank.org

Amaris

It’s never too early to start giving back to your community – just ask six-year-old Amaris.

While eating dinner with her family one evening, Amaris overheard her parents talking about how expensive groceries were becoming. She asked her mom and dad what happens to people who don’t have enough money for their groceries. They explained to her that some families might need a food bank. Some kids have to go to bed hungry. Or can’t concentrate in class because they haven’t eaten all day.

She asked her mom right away if she could give away their extra food. When she saw what few extras they had at home, she decided it wasn’t enough and would need to ask the neighbours for help.

Amaris Food Drive letterWith the help of her parents and big brother, Amaris distributed donation bags to each home in her townhouse complex with an attached letter explaining:

“I want to collect food for The Mississauga Food Bank because some people do not have any food in Mississauga. It is important for all our friends to have enough food to eat.”

One week later, her generous neighbours had donated 250 pounds of food – that’s 301 meals!

If you’d like to organize a community food drive or fundraiser like Amaris, we’ve got the information you need to get started.

Don’t hesitate to contact Sheena at sheena@themississaugafoodbank.org or 905.270.5589 x.227 with any questions.

We value your feedback!

As someone who cares about The Mississauga Food Bank, your voice matters to us and can make a difference in the lives of people who are struggling to make ends meet. Over the years, people like you have provided nutritious food to families, children and seniors across the city of Mississauga. We are so grateful for your support.

As we move forward in 2016, our goal is to make an even greater impact on the community, but we need your help to make it happen.

Please complete this short survey and help us meet the needs of our community more effectively in 2016. It will only take a couple of minutes!

You can help us to better understand why you support us and what we can improve upon in the future. Please help by sharing your input today.

TMFB-Signup-RetinaAs we head into 2016, we hope that you’ve all enjoyed a productive start to the new year. Perhaps you’ve made some personal goals for yourself, as many do. We have too!

Here’s a quick look at what we’ll be up to this year:

  1. We want to expand our network of member agencies to provide wholesome food where it’s needed most across Mississauga. Hungry families, children and seniors can be found in every corner of our city, including your neighbourhood! We want to ensure wholesome food is easily accessible to all of our hungry neighbours.
  2. We want to provide more fresh, nutritious food. Last year, nearly half of the food we distributed included fresh produce, dairy and meat. In 2016, we want to provide even more fresh, nutritious food to those who are struggling to make ends meet.
  3. We plan to raise more awareness about hunger in Mississauga. 15% of Mississauga residents and 20% of Mississauga children live in poverty. Read our 2015 Face of Hunger Report to learn more about hunger in our community.

As we continue envisioning a Mississauga where no one goes hungry, we know that the we can’t do it alone. Please explore our website for more ways that you can get involved through volunteering, organizing a community fundraiser or food drive, and spreading the word.

The Mississauga Food Bank is an organization FOR the community, supported BY the community. Toegther, let’s work towards a Mississauga where no one goes hungry in 2016!

Annual Holiday Drive raised $439,330 and 262,900 pounds of food

Mississauga, January 7, 2015 –  The Mississauga community has rallied together to fight hunger in the city and their efforts have resulted in The Mississauga Food Bank’s most successful Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive to date.

By December 31, the community raised $439,330 – enough to distribute food for nearly 1.1 million meals. Through community food drives, plus collections at local fire stations and grocery stores, the food bank also received 262,900 pounds of food. The results exceed both the goals of $400,000 and 250,000 pounds of food and last year’s drive totals.

The Holiday Drive is a community-driven campaign – local schools, small businesses, major corporations, the OPP, the Toronto Scottish Regiment and ‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas Foundation are some of the campaign’s contributors who make feeding our neighbours possible.

“This is a tremendous city-wide effort,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “We serve clients in every part of Mississauga and had individuals, schools and businesses from every corner of the city support this year’s holiday drive. We are so thankful again for the community’s overwhelming support and to Tim Hortons of Mississauga for sponsoring this successful campaign.”

The Mississauga Food Bank provides food for over 183,000 meals each month – half of which is fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products.

Donations to The Mississauga Food Bank are required year-round, and can be made by phone at 905.270.5589, or online at donate.themississaugafoodbank.org. For every $2 donated, The Mississauga Food Bank is able to distribute food for 5 meals.

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 2.2 million meals each year.

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Media Contact:
Sheena McDonald
sheena@themississaugafoodbank.org
905.270.5589 x227

Our Holiday Drive was our most successful ever, raising an astounding 262,900 pounds of food and $439,330 to feed your hungry neighbours. It’s all thanks to you! 

We made the following video as a token of our appreciation.

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The year of 2015 has been one of growth here at the Mississauga Food Bank. We’ve witnessed our community pull together time and again to donate hundreds of thousands of pounds of food along with other generous gifts.

To date, our Holiday Food & Fundraising Drive has raised nearly 250,000 pounds of food and $400,000 for Mississauga’s hungry. Check out our Holiday Drive’s Facebook album for a few shots with some of our generous supporters over the past few weeks. And feel free to tag away!

Thank you for all your encouragement, support, and involvement. Without our community of supporters, we could not provide our hungry neighbours with food for daily nourishment, including fresh produce, meat and dairy products.

We look forward to the coming year with continued hope for a Mississauga where no one goes hungry.

Happy New Year!

 

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While most Canadians donate to charities out of compassion, the federal government offers tax breaks to provide some extra incentive to generously open your heart – and wallet – for neighbours in need.

Your $2 donation can provide food for 5 meals. So, a $1,000 donation to The Mississauga Food Bank equals a whopping 2,500 meals for hungry seniors, families and children across the city!

Try our tax calculator now and see how far your gifts can really go. A big impact may cost less than you think!

In Ontario, if you have donated  more than $200 to any charity already this year, any donation you give now means a 40% tax credit. Total annual donations of under $200 will give you approximately 20% in tax credit.

Either spouse can claim a tax credit, regardless of whose name is on the donation receipt. The general limit on the deduction of charitable donations is 75% of net income. However, unclaimed charitable donations can be carried forward for up to five years.

Handy Tip: Supersize it!

The Super Credit program adds 25% tax savings on top of existing credits for giving to a charity as a “first-time donor”.

How does it work? The Super Credit can be used one time, up until the 2017 tax year. You can qualify as a first-time donor if you haven’t claimed a charitable donation in the last five years.

 $1,000 Donation without the Super Credit

= $640 After Tax Cost*

$1,000 Donation with the Super Credit

= $390 After Tax Cost*

*Based on Provincial and Federal Tax Rates

Donors whose last charitable donation was claimed in 2010 will have to wait until the 2016 tax year to take advantage of the first-time donor’s Super Credit.

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‘Tis the season for food drives! We’re always blown away by the outpouring of support we receive from the community during the holiday season. Mississauga schools, workplaces, churches, sports teams and individuals generously collect thousands of pounds of non-perishable food for their hungry neighbours.

We often get asked if the Food Bank accepts cash donations as well. The answer is a resounding YES. Here’s why:

1. We can do more with your dollar.

While you purchase your food at retail cost; we can source food at a lesser, wholesale cost. In fact, for every $2 we can provide food for 5 meals.  Food purchased by the food bank is also guaranteed to meet our nutritional standards and be on our most needed items list.

2. We need cash to store and distribute food.

The journey of your food donation doesn’t end once it’s dropped in the collection barrel. Before it ends up on a family’s table, it must be transported to the food bank, sorted and stored in our warehouse facility, then distributed via our trucks to our 52 member agencies across the city. It’s a labour and cost-intensive process that wouldn’t be possible without financial support.

3. Your cash buys fresh food.

Nearly half of the food we distributed last year was fresh; including meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables. It isn’t possible to collect perishable food items at a traditional food drive, so we rely on your cash donations to purchase much of it.

4.  Donating cash is fast and easy!

With just a few clicks, you can provide a month’s worth of meals for a family in need. Donate directly on our website or set up a Virtual Food Drive to invite your family, friends and co-workers to fight hunger, too. Transactions can be completed within minutes with any major credit card on a secure site and donors will receive a charitable tax receipt via email immediately. Try out our Tax Calculator to find out how much your 2015 tax credit will be!

If you have any questions about making a cash donation, please call us at 905-270-5589. We would be happy to provide any additional information you need.

 


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