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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

To the wonderful volunteers of The Mississauga Food Bank…Sharbani

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.

RBC Royal BankThank you to RBC for sponsoring our Spring Food & Fundraising Drive.

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.

Twas the Bite

Dan Meadowcroft of Twas the Bite Before Christmas delivers a generous donation to Meghan Nicholls of The Mississauga Food Bank.

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”.

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Do you love fundraising? Do you want to help raise funds for your local food bank? Our newest volunteer role will give you the opportunity to help make a difference!

Overview:

The Silent Auction Committee will work with the Development Database Coordinator to secure items for the auction portion of the Annual Spring Gala, as well as provide additional hands on support and knowledge during the event.

The ideal candidate for membership on this committee will be friendly and outgoing and demonstrate a willingness to solicit businesses and individuals for auction/raffle items for the event.

They will have a pleasant and professional phone demeanor and will be comfortable communicating specifics about the event. They will display enthusiasm for the event as well as The Mississauga Food Bank.

Job Duties:

1. Attend regular committee meetings.
2. Identify individuals and corporations willing to donate silent auction items (e.g. experiences, services, packages, merchandise)
3. Solicit individuals and businesses to donate items to the silent auctions using prepared auction materials
4. Submit appropriate donation forms for solicited items to the Development Database Coordinator for tracking, tax receipting and stewardship purposes
5. Will arrange pick-up/delivery of auction items to The Mississauga Food Bank by no later than March 31, 2015
6. Communicate updates with the Development Database Coordinator as needed
7. Spread the word about Paris in Springtime and The Mississauga Food Bank
8. Assist with silent auction set up and cash out on event day
9. Learn about ClickBid, the mobile auction technology that will be used to facilitate the auction process.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in joining this new dynamic committee to help fight hunger in Mississauga, please contact Stephanie Brown, Development Database Coordinator at 905-270-5589 ext. 228 or by email at stephanie@themississaugafoodbank.org

 

Information Session – Wednesday March 4, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Please see your Volunteer Matrix calendar to sign up to attend this information session on our exciting new volunteer opportunity! See you there!

Angelas Place One of our member agencies, Angela’s Place, is expanding its breakfast club program and in need of volunteers!

Sign up to help them provide healthy breakfasts to the kids of Glenn Hawthorne.

When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time: 7:00am-8:30am
Location: 45 Glenn Hawthorne blvd, Mississauga ON L5R 4J9

Role Description:

  • Cooking and preparing both hot and cold breakfast meals;
  • Creating meal plans;
  • Interacting with children in a friendly, engaging manner.

Required:

  • Commitment of at least one shift per week;
  • Successful completion of a Police Vulnerable Sector’s Check;
  • Reference check.

If interested please contact: Hanan Ismail, Wellness Coordinator.

hanan.ismail@shipshey.ca
905 791 3887 x7054

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The Mississauga Marathon: May 2nd - 3rd, 2015

The Mississauga Food Bank is once again a charitable partner of the Mississauga Marathon! Get a team together, have fun and help us reach our $10,000 fundraising goal!

There is an event for everyone – from a 2K fun run/walk to a full marathon. You can register to run in any event and setup an online profile page to raise donations on our behalf.

Team TMFB will be participating in the Subway Restaurants 2K Fun Run/Walk together so that anyone can join us in running and walking together! But you may register to run in any event.

Click here for all the information on how to register and support Team TMFB.

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Be transported to Paris in Springtime 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