As the central food bank serving all of Mississauga, we distribute food for over 2.8 million meals annually through over 60 member agencies across the city. In order to make sure that the fresh food doesn’t spoil and that client needs are met, we need to receive, inspect, sort, and distribute food as quickly as possible.
When people think of a food bank they think of dry goods, like pasta and cereal, and canned goods, like beans and soup. What they may not know is that The Mississauga Food Bank also supplies milk, eggs, meat and fresh fruits and vegetables to clients through its member agencies. Food is sourced through corporate and individual donations, sponsorships, and through our collaborative membership with the Ontario Association of Food Banks and Food Banks Canada.
To serve our clients efficiently, The Mississauga Food Bank has divided the city a network of service delivery areas corresponding to postal codes. Clients are assigned to a neighbourhood food bank based on the postal code of their current residence. These neighbourhood food banks are intended to be the primary source of emergency food for those who are hungry in Mississauga as they provide each client with 7-10 days’ worth of food once each month.
We also provide food to other programs who serve those who live with poverty to ensure there is nutritious food available to all demographics in Mississauga. This enables these agencies to spend their resources on other programs rather than purchasing food. These agencies determine their own eligibility structures for who may use their services.
The purpose of this system is to focus The Mississauga Food Bank on sourcing, managing and distributing food, and allows our member agencies to focus on serving clients.
A list of current member agencies can be found here.
The Mississauga Food Bank sources, warehouses, and distributes food for 2.5 million meals each year through its network of member agencies. Food is sourced through corporate and individual donations, sponsorships, and through our collaborative membership with the Ontario Association of Food Banks and Food Banks Canada.
All funding for The Mississauga Food Bank’s operations is received from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs and groups, foundations, Region of Peel and community events hosted on our behalf.
The Mississauga Food Bank is a federally registered charitable organization: 11892 7011 RR0001