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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

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.

Tanya and the truckIf you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity over the holidays, we could really use drivers and driver’s assistants. 

Drivers need a G license and comfort driving a cube van. Assistants go along for the ride, helping unload food at our agencies and picking up food from our donors. These are great jobs to see first-hand how The Mississauga Food Bank gets food to our hungry neighbours.

To register, please visit our Volunteer Calendar.

Tracey and Princess Anne

Grant W. Martin Photography

A very big congratulations to TMFB volunteer Tracey Thompson.

She received the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from Princess Anne at a ceremony in Ottawa this week.

Tracey earned the award through her community service, skill development, physical activity and a four-day hiking trip on the Cambridge Rail Trail.

She has volunteered at many TMFB events and helps out every week, making thank you calls to our donors. We’re proud to have her on our team!

You can also learn more about Tracey and the award on the Mississauga News: http://bit.ly/1wyhd0x

 

OPP Cram the CruiserStarting on November 15, look for the OPP – Port Credit Detachment at grocery stores throughout the city collecting for The Mississauga Food Bank.

Their Cram the Cruiser campaign is the biggest community food drive for TMFB, last year they collected over $21,000 and nearly 42,000 pounds of food. Please take a bag and buy a few extra items for our hungry neighbours and drop a few dollars in their jars.

November 15 and 16 – Real Canadian Superstore, Mavis and Dundas
November 22 and 23 – Loblaws, 5010 Glen Erin Dr.
November 29 and 30 - Loblaws, Heartland Town Centre
December 6 and 7 – Loblaws, 250 Lakeshore Rd. W.


It was a pleasure to welcome our Visionary Sponsor, Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners of Mississauga, to the warehouse last night. We’re so grateful for their dedication to fighting hunger in Mississauga – it was great to have them here!

Tim Hortons Mississauga Logo

Here’s a note we received from one of our clients to The Mississauga Food Bank’s donors:

hand written noteIt’s 1:30 a.m. and I have finally finished preparing all the food I received from the food bank today.

I’m so grateful for all that we’ve received. I want to write this note to all who donate to the food bank and volunteer there.

I try to use every bit of food as creatively as I can so that nothing goes to waste. My favourite part is the look on my kids’ faces when they check out the “cool” stuff I got from the food bank.

What a help and peace of mind it is to come each month. I was afraid to start, but have appreciated the kindness that makes coming easier.

Thank you. You’ve all helped make a difference in our lives.

Sincerely,

A Very Grateful Client

Dawn 2014It is with very mixed emotion that I inform you that Dawn Pullar has decided to leave food banking to pursue her dream of becoming a PSW (Personal Support Worker). The fact that Dawn wishes to continue selflessly serving others is no surprise to any of us.

For the past 16 years, Dawn has been an integral member of The Mississauga Food Bank team holding a number of increasingly responsible management positions.  She has worked tirelessly to help guide the food banks’ growth and  to strengthen its agency network in order to best serve our clients.

We will all miss Dawn’s warmth, compassion, and smiles while marching in a parade, leading an agency network meeting and everyday around the office.

We wish Dawn nothing but continued success, happiness and health as she pursues her exciting new career.

Chris



Chris Hatch
Executive Director

 

Sai - bananaDSC04722_opt Be sure to look out for some special Trick-or-Treaters this Hallowe’en!

Kids like Sai will be out collecting donations for the food bank in addition to their treats.

If one of these special kids knocks on your door, please remember our most needed items: peanut butter, canned fish or meat, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal and rice.

If you’re interested in collecting food for the food bank this Hallowe’en, please let us know!

Community comes together to exceed financial goals, but food falls short

Mississauga, Oct. 22, 2014 – The Mississauga Food Bank is asking community members to continue donating food at fire stations and grocery stores across the city. More food is needed to meet the needs of people who rely on the food bank each month.

The Thanksgiving Food and Fundraising Drive, which ran from Sept. 22 to Oct. 17, raised over $82,000, well over the $75,000-goal. However, food fell short of the 100,000-pound goal – the food bank received 75,000 pounds of donations.

“We thank the public for their year-round generosity,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “The food we collect between Thanksgiving and Christmas will be feeding hungry families in our neighbourhoods for months to come. It’s very important that we collect enough at this time of year to last during our slower seasons.”

The most-needed items are: canned fish and meat, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal and rice.

The Mississauga Food Bank accepts food and cash donations year-round. Information about how to donate foods and funds is available at www.themississaugafoodbank.org/donate.

 

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:
Pamela Sleightholm
Pamela@themississaugafoodbank.org
905.270.5589 x227

 

Root vegNew to our food purchasing program… 6,865 pounds of root vegetables!

Fresh onions, potatoes and carrots are on their way to the families who rely on The Mississauga Food Bank. 

These healthy staples keep well, are nutritious and important for a variety of recipes.

It’s your donations that make this possible – thank you for your support.