The start of this fiscal year marked the second year of our four-year strategic plan. This year, we have moved towards our goals of improving access to food for people with the highest need, sourcing adequate healthy and culturally appropriate food, and investing in strategic partnerships to leverage more food, resources, capacity and impact for those in need. Together, we’re working with you, to ensure no children, seniors, or families in Mississauga go hungry.
The last few months have brought about a new world. None of us could have imagined the tireless work that front line workers and volunteers would have to do during this critical time. With business closures, layoffs, and changing personal circumstances, Canadians were three times more likely to fall into food insecurity this year. The pandemic has shone a light on the 1 in 7 Canadians who reported food insecurity during COVID-19, and highlighted the ongoing need of the 15% of Mississauga residents who live in poverty year-round.
I am both proud and humbled to be a part of the dedicated team that provides healthy and nutritious food to our hungry neighbours across Mississauga. It is inspirational how you rallied together to ensure our neighbours had healthy food during this global pandemic and I know you will continue your support in the months to come.
Thank you for your generosity.