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3121 UniversalWith our move to Universal Drive coming up quickly, we’ve made some changes to our pick-up and delivery schedule to help things move along smoothly.

We ask that  food donations be dropped off directly at your nearest fire station or grocery store between July 21 and September 1 – we are unable to pick-up and receive donations at our warehouse during this transition period.

If you’re organizing a summer food drive and have questions, please contact pamela@themississaugafoodbank.org. If you represent a member agency and have questions about your schedule, please contact dawn@themississaugafoodbank.org.

Eggs have arrivedThanks to a partnership between the Ontario Association of Food Banks and the Egg Farmers of Ontario, we’ve received nearly 17,000 eggs to distribute to our clients!

Charity Intelligence recognizes 72 Canadian non-profits for best cost-efficiency, donor accountability and financial transparency

Ci 4-Star Ratings LogoMississauga, July 8, 2014 – The Mississauga Food Bank’s commitment to financial integrity and efficiency is being recognized by Canada’s charity watchdog, Charity Intelligence.

The Mississauga Food Bank is ranked a 4-star charity, the highest rating available, and in the top 15 per cent of Canadian charities. The rating is based on several metrics, including financial transparency and accountability, program costs, fundraising and administrative expenses.

“We know that being financially accountable to our donors is the first step to achieving our goals of feeding Mississauga’s hungry,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “We rely on generous donors in the community – of both of food and funds – to distribute food for over 229,000 meals each month. We want donors to know that we will use their gifts wisely, to have the maximum impact on hungry children, families and seniors in Mississauga.”

Information about Charity Intelligence’s ratings and methodology is available on its website, www.charityintelligence.ca.

“Charity Intelligence’s research has found charities thatare exceptional. This list of 4-star charities shows Canadians 72 charities that excel in accountability to donors, financial transparency and cost-efficiency. We hope Charity Intelligence’s ratings help donors get accurate, independent information in making important giving decisions”, Kate Bahen, managing director of Charity Intelligence.

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 229,000 meals each month.

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Media Contact:
Pamela Sleightholm
Pamela@themississaugafoodbank.org
905.270.5589 x227

house_optThe Globe and Mail published a table and article comparing the average cost of homes in Canadian cities to median family income. The results were interesting to say the least. In some cities, like Halifax, Winnipeg and Saskatoon, median earners can afford average homes. But move to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver and the story changes.

Mississauga data was not included in the story, but we’ve collected it to compare where Mississauga sits:

The average home price in May 2014 was $519,122
5% down = $25,956
Monthly mortgage payment = $2,405
Monthly property tax and heating costs = $453
Total monthly housing costs = $2,858

Minimum annual gross household income needed = $107,200
Estimated median household income = $75,762 (from 2011 data with 2% yearly increase)

Mississauga is in desperate need of more affordable housing, and it doesn’t just affect low-income earners. According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey, 31% of Mississauga’s population spends more than 30% of household income on shelter. The national average is 25%. And if you look only at renters, 42.5% in Mississauga pay more than 30% of their household income on shelter.

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Dr. T.J. Eckleburg’s billboard.

An Evening With Gatsby, hosted by Carolyn Parrish, raised nearly $60,000 for The Mississauga Food Bank. That money will be used to provide milk to our clients through 2015!

It was a great evening with excellent company and entertainment. Thank you to everyone involved for making it such a successful event!

Click here to see photos from the event.

RGBOPTNissanSponsorship_Food Bank_11x172We’re so grateful for the support of the Nissan Canada Foundation and its dealers in Mississauga – they have committed to the fight against hunger with food collections, their volunteer hours and generous financial support. Their Summer Food Drive runs until July 31, 2014. Donations can be dropped off at any Mississauga dealership:

Direct Nissan, 2290 Battleford Rd.

Woodchester Nissan, 2580 Motorway Blvd.

401 Dixie Nissan, 5500 Dixie Rd.

 

Canada Day ParadePlease note that The Mississauga Food Bank’s office and warehouse will be closed Monday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 1.

Please join our staff and volunteers in the Hazel McCallion Canada Day Parade in Port Credit! Register online.

Happy Canada Day!

IMG_1993_optKarcher held an Oktoberfest sale last month with a portion of its sales and 100% of donations from food sales coming to The Mississauga Food Bank. Danke, Karcher!

Give 30Give 30 is designed to motivate people fasting in Ramadan to donate a portion of the money they save by skipping meals over the month.  But everyone can get involved! The campaign is about empathy and caring for our neighbours, something that affects everyone, regardless of faith!

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Donate online. Every $1 you donate provides food for 3 meals to our hungry neighbours.
  2. Become a Give 30 Ambassador and help us get the word out! Let us know what you’re doing, whether it’s all online or if you’re getting out into the community, we want to hear what you’re up to! Please email pamela@themississaugafoodbank.org if you want to get involved!

Give 30Hunger-fighting Campaign Launches Across Canada

For Immediate Release:  June 16, 2014

MISSISSAUGA:  Food banks across Canada are gearing up to take part in a national grassroots initiative combatting hunger, which launches its third annual campaign this week.

Give 30 was founded in 2012 to focus on hunger in Canada and motivate people of all backgrounds to give to food banks during the month of Ramadan through GIVE30.ca.

In its first year, Give 30 raised almost $40,000.  Last year, food banks in three provinces joined and received more than $90,000 in donations to fight hunger.

This year, Give 30 grows again, with nine food bank partners across five provinces.

Give 30 is designed to motivate people fasting in Ramadan to donate a portion of the money they save by skipping meals over the month.  People who aren’t fasting can also take part, says Give 30 founder Ziyaad Mia, noting that donations have come from people of all faiths and backgrounds. “Brown bag your lunch for the month or tally up 30 days of coffee money.  Whatever it is, it can make a difference in the lives of those who don’t have enough to eat.”

“This is a grassroots movement that’s catching on much faster than ever imagined,” says Mia.  The Toronto lawyer and social activist attributes the significant growth of the campaign to the simplicity of the idea and the power of social media.

“Anyone can get involved with Give 30 to fight hunger in our community,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “We’re very excited to be a part of this incredible movement for the first time this year.”

Ramadan is about giving, building community, and understanding the challenges of hunger, says Mia.  That is why it works well motivating people to give.  “Everyone can participate in the spirit of Ramadan,” Mia emphasizes.  “Hunger touches all types of people and that’s why it’s important for everyone to join Give 30.”

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About Give 30: Give 30 runs in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Quebec, Mississauga, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.  Ramadan takes place from June 28 – July 27, 2014.

W: GIVE30.ca ~ FB: /GIVE30 ~ T: @GIVE_30

Contact:

Ziyaad Mia, Founder Give 30 – 416-303-9535 (cell – call or text)

Pamela Sleightholm, Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator, The Mississauga Food Bank – 905-270-5589 x227