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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

Be transported to Springtime in Paris at our Annual Gala!

Help raise $100,000 to ensure no one goes hungry in Mississauga by purchasing your tickets today.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015

Location: Red Rose Convention Centre

Time: Cocktails and silent auction at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm

If you’re interested in event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meghan Nicholls at meghan@themississaugafoodbank.org or 905.270.5589 x226.

See photos from 2014′s Gala here.


Can’t come to the event but would still like to help fight hunger?

CFO Launch 1Today the Ontario Association of Food Banks launched a brand new partnership with the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) at a special launch event in Toronto. Minister of Agriculture, Food, & Rural Affairs the Hon Jeff Leal and his Parliamentary Assistant MPP Arthur Potts attended this event to help mark the beginning of CFO’s $1 million contribution to Ontario’s food banks!
What you need to know: 
  • OAFB now has an official partnership with the CFO – CFO Cares
  • Chicken is a supply chain managed product in Canada, meaning each chicken grown for the commercial market is planned and accounted for
  • Through CFO Cares, farmers will each be allowed to harvest an additional 300 chickens specifically for food bank donations
  • Farmers will be able to donate directly to their local food bank, OR to a provincial pool of product that will be distributed once a truckload has been donated

We’re looking forward to having more chicken to distribute to our food bank clients in the coming months!

With hunger a stubborn problem in Mississauga, The Mississauga Food Bank set aggressive goals for the Holiday Drive. In a true community effort, you rose to the challenge and your efforts resulted in a record-breaking Holiday Drive for the food bank.

We are pleased to announce that you donated $355,357 (Goal – $300,000), and 236,100 pounds (Goal – 225,000 pounds) of donated food.

The Holiday Drive is the most important annual campaign for the food bank and we are astounded by the incredible generosity Mississauga residents showed this year.

In mid-December, with two weeks left in the Holiday Drive, we weren’t sure if we were going to make our goals. So for our goals to be exceeded by this much shows we live in a caring community!

THANK YOU!

Our Holiday Drive was sponsored by the Nissan Canada Foundation.  thankyou-nissan

 

Chris receives a donation of holiday hams from Kathy May of Meadowvale Rotary

Chris receives a donation of holiday hams from Kathy May of Meadowvale Rotary. Thanks Rotarians!

Three weeks into our annual Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive, The Mississauga Food Bank has received $228,794 and 180,598 pounds of food. Thanks to all the generous donors who have contributed so far – but at 76% of our monetary goal and 80% of our food goal, please continue to give.

We need to raise $300,000 and 225,000 pounds of food by December 31 so that no one in Mississauga goes hungry during the holiday season or in the New Year. Remember – for every $1 you donate, TMFB can distribute food for 3 meals. Your food donations and cash donations will feed hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga this Holiday season.

Our Holiday Drive is sponsored by the Nissan Canada Foundation. Thank you for your ongoing support! thankyou-nissan

WP_20141204_010Two weeks into our annual Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive, The Mississauga Food Bank has received $135,645 and 118,720 pounds of food. Thanks to all the generous donors who have contributed so far – but at 45% of our monetary goal and 49% of our food goal, please continue to give. We need to raise $300,000 and 225,000 pounds of food by December 31 so that no one in Mississauga goes hungry during the holiday season or in the New Year. Remember – for every $1 you donate, TMFB can distribute food for 3 meals. Your food donations and cash donations will feed hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga this Holiday season.

Our Holiday Drive is sponsored by the Nissan Canada Foundation. Thank you for your ongoing support! thankyou-nissan

Small Christmas TreeTo say happy holidays to all of our volunteers, you’re invited to come on by for some eggnog and treats.

If you’re free during any of the following times, please drop in to say hello and Merry Christmas!

  • Wednesday, December 17 from 3-8pm
  • Thursday, December 18 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, December 22 from 2-4pm
  • Tuesday, December 23 from 2-4pm

Contact Sharbani Khan at sharbani@themississaugafoodbank.org or 905-270-5589 x221 with any questions.

Streetsville Santa Breakfast Cheque Presentation

Santa joins with Councillor George Carlson, Legion Secretary Ben Pearce, MP Brad Butt, and Rotarian Mark Cashin to present a cheque from the Royal Canadian Legion to Meghan Nicholls of The Mississauga Food Bank.

Thanks to MP Brad Butt and Councillor George Carlson for working with the Meadowvale and Streetsville Rotary Clubs and the Streetsville Legion to pull off a wonderful Santa Brunch on Sunday in support of The Mississauga Food Bank! Funds raised exceeded $2,500 which will provide 7,500 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga.

Thanks to Maple Lodge Farms, BreadKo Bakery, Rabba Fine Foods, COBS Bread, the Egg Farmers of Ontario and Tim Hortons for providing all the food so that proceeds could go to the food bank.

Holiday Notes from donors

Holiday notes to food bank families from our donors.

One week into our annual Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive, The Mississauga Food Bank has received $79,796 and 75,112 pounds of food. Thanks to all the generous donors who have contributed so far!

Please continue to give – we need to raise $300,000 and 225,000 pounds of food by December 31 so that no one in Mississauga goes hungry during the holiday season or in the New Year.

Remember – for every $1 you donate, TMFB can distribute food for 3 meals. Your food donations and cash donations will feed hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga this Holiday season.
Our Holiday Drive is sponsored by the Nissan Canada Foundation. Thank you for your ongoing support! thankyou-nissan

3 meals - just $1. Help Now.Your donations at this time of year are vital.

We need to raise $300,000 and 225,000 pounds of food by December 31 so that no one in Mississauga goes hungry during the holiday season or in the New Year.

Remember – for every $1 you donate, TMFB can distribute food for 3 meals.

Your food donations and cash donations will feed hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga this Holiday season.

Our Holiday Drive is sponsored by the Nissan Canada Foundation. Thank you for your ongoing support! thankyou-nissan

Annual Impact Report
Learn about how The Mississauga Food Bank uses your donations to distribute enough food for 2.5 million meals each year in our Annual Impact Report.

We take a look at the types of food distributed, volunteer hours put in, our member agencies throughout the city and the groups that support our work.