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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

is in just 3 days!

OutRUN Hunger is our 5K run/walk event to raise funds and awareness about hunger in Mississauga—and it’s happening this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Today is the last day to sign up, so click here to register. It’s easy to register and fun to participate, whether you’re signing up alone, with friends, or bringing your whole family!

If you’ve already registered, there’s still time to do some eleventh hour fundraising. Here are some tips:

  • Donate to yourself. It all begins with you! Show your friends, colleagues and family that you’re serious about ending hunger in Mississauga with a donation to your fundraising page.
  • Send emails to your friends, family and colleagues. Every little bit helps. Try being specific: ask 4 family members to donate $50 each, 14 friends to donate $25 each and 10 co-workers to donate $25 each.
  • Post on Facebook and other social media. Post a fun photo with a link to your fundraising page once every day this week. Remind your network how their donation will make a BIG impact: every $2 will provide food for 5 meals.

If you’re unable to walk or run with us but still want to participate, you can donate to outRUN Hunger here! All proceeds will help hungry families, seniors and children in your community and strengthen the fight against hunger in Mississauga.

Our goal is to reach $25,000 to provide food for 62,500 meals. Together we can outRUN Hunger.

for joining the fight against hunger!


Thank you to everyone who participated in our Spring Drive, running from March 14 to April 8. Our goal was to raise $50,000 and 85,000 pounds of food and with the generous support of people like you, we surpassed it! In total, the community raised $67,284 to provide 109,100 lbs food for hungry kids in Mississauga. That’s food for 136,375 meals and funds to distribute it hungry kids in our community.

Whether you gave a gift of money or food, spread the word or set up your own fundraiser, we appreciate you! And more importantly, children who are continually struggling to ignore the ache of hunger in their tummies are thankful for the food you’ve provided.

We also want to give a special thanks to our Spring Drive’s sponsor, RBC, as well as COBS Bread and Enersource for partnering with us and encouraging the greater community to get involved.

Whatever you gave, your generosity means that kids can be kids!

Photographers

 

Three cheers for Hester, Natalie & Amanda! We are immensely grateful to the three photographers who volunteered their time and talent to our 30 Stories of Hunger & Hope series.

Please visit the following to see more of their incredible work:

Natalie Roessler: https://www.facebook.com/natalieroesslerphotography/

Hester Barnard: ctrlcreativestudio.com

Amanda Koenig: amandakoenigphotography.ca

Edward

 

(Part 2/2) “What was the happiest time of your life?”

“The happiest time? That’s a toss-up. It was either the birth of my son or when I got married.”

“What’s your son’s name?”

“It…was Brock. He got killed by a driver. Ran over. That was back in 2003. And he got killed 2 days before his 16th birthday. It was on February 28th. So, that’s what happened there.

You know, my leg right now is 36 inches in diameter. These pants are 5 XL to get over my leg. I think this leg probably weighs an extra 100 pounds. Or close to it.

Since I got this, I’ve looked at my options. They’re very limited at what I can do about it. So, I just have to stay positive, that’s all. There’s no use being negative about this stuff. Since I got older, I’ve tried to be friendlier with people. I smile at everyone who goes by me, if they don’t smile back, well, that’s their problem.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

#30stories

Edward

 

(Part 1/2) “Since 2008, I’ve had Type 3 Lymphedema. Everyone has a lymph system in their body. If you have a blockage in it, your leg will start swelling. There’s no surgery for it. There’s no medication for it. The only treatment is at a private Lymphedema clinic where they charge like $90 for 70 minutes. I’ve been without shoes for 2 years. I tried to get orthopedic shoes through the government but they don’t cover it anymore. And they cost $2,000 because they’re custom-made. So, that’s where I am with that.”

“What would you do without the food bank?”

“I honestly don’t know, to tell you the truth.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

#30stories

Chris

 

“How has working here impacted your life?”

“When you have the privilege of having more of an in-depth relationship with youth and they share their story, the behind the scenes look of what’s going on in their lives and…it’s heartbreaking. You know, on top of being a teenager, having to focus on school…and then you’ve got this. This is real life, this isn’t a tv show.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

Please note: Since 1995, The Dam has provided a safe community for youth and young moms. It is one of 52 member agencies receiving food from The Mississauga Food Bank.

#30stories

Gary

 

“I’ve been coming here ever since I broke my ankle.”

“What happened?”

“I crushed it up in Haliburton. Had two operations on it and it’s screwed. I can’t work, can’t walk on it.”

“What did you do before?”

“Stone mason. 25 years you go from making a lot of money to making nothin’. You go to being on ODSP. You don’t know what to do with yourself. You can’t work anymore and the love of your life is working. On ODSP, after you’ve paid all your bills, you’ve got nothing left. If it wasn’t for this place…”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

#30stories

britney

 

“So you’re working here (The Dam) as a student placement?”

“Yes, I started in September. Cooksville is a high immigration area, so with their parents trying to get footing, they might not always have enough food  at home. So having that here really helps.

I think the thing that surprises me most is that – from my high school experience – everyone had their cliques. And coming here, seeing how everyone just interacts with each other and knows  each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re popular, it doesn’t matter who you are.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

Please note: Since 1995, The Dam has provided a safe community for youth and young moms. It is one of 52 member agencies receiving food from The Mississauga Food Bank.

#30stories

jules

 

“I was lying in a hospital bed, all full of needles, giving up.  I said keep the noise down and let me die in peace. And my son looked at me and said ‘You’re not dying. I’ve been your doctor for 40 years and I’ve never seen you give up’ And I told him I’m gone. I’m in pain all the time. But then I heard these two voices coming down the hallway. It was my grandbabies! I got up, got my slippers on and said ‘Hey little man, what are you doin’?’ So we went to the tv room. Doctor said to the nurse ‘If you see those little kids, you let ‘em in. It’s the only thing keeping him going’.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

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