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24 Jan ・ BY Martha Lopez
Categories: Advocacy Fresh News

Nourishing News | Winter 2022 – More than 2 years of food delivered to neighbours’ doors — thanks to you!

Food Bank 2 Home has grown in leaps and bounds since its launch in October 2019. Today, thanks to you, hundreds of seniors, single parents, individuals with disabilities, and other homebound neighbours get food delivered straight to their doors.

For Emily, financial stress isn’t the only thing standing in the way of nourishing food. As someone who uses a wheelchair, carrying heavy bags home from the food bank is practically impossible.

Neighbours like Emily are the reason that Food Bank 2 Home was launched in October 2019. The program delivers fresh, nutritious food straight to the doorsteps of seniors, single parents, neighbours with disabilities, and other homebound neighbours.

The program is filling a huge need in Mississauga, highlighted by its incredible growth. In its first months, volunteers delivered to 30 households, two days a week.

In two years’ time, the program has grown more than tenfold, delivering to over 430 households every month, five days a week.

“It’s a wonderful service,” Emily says. “It just helps so much to know that people are bringing good quality food to your home.”

“We couldn’t do it without you!”
Food Bank 2 Home wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the Mississauga community, Program Coordinator Naheed Rampurawala says. “We’re blessed because of our volunteers and donors. We couldn’t do it without you.”

Every weekday, volunteers pack up personalized hampers full of nourishing food and other household essentials before a fleet of volunteer drivers hits the road, delivering to every corner of Mississauga.

A Lifeline in a Crisis
The program became even more of a lifeline during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, the team was able to hit the ground running, adding two more weekly deliveries to reach people who were isolating, sick, or in quarantine.

Naheed is tremendously grateful for the community’s support in this time of crisis.

“The help you’ve given is immeasurable. Without you, we just couldn’t have reached these neighbours.”

Meeting the Growing Need

The need for the program continues to grow. “We could easily be looking at 500 households by the summer,” Naheed says.

The team will likely need to expand and recruit more volunteers to keep up, but Naheed is confident about the future. “With our supporters behind us, I have faith that we’ll be able to reach everyone who needs us.”

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