This team is intended to expand the capacity of The Mississauga Food Bank’s advocacy initiatives. While The Mississauga Food Bank does not currently have staff resources dedicated solely to advocacy, this team of volunteers with a passion for and knowledge of the political sector will enable The Mississauga Food Bank to achieve more in its advocacy work and make each initiative more effective and impactful. The Mississauga Food Bank’s advocacy strategy is outlined below:

  1. Leverage connections with clients to further the advocacy efforts of Feed Ontario and Food Banks Canada. Areas of focus are as follows:

  • Protection for Low-Income Renters

  • Minimum Income Floor

  • Affordable Early Learning and Childcare

  • Food Justice and Racial Equity

       2. Educate, equip, and empower our clients with the knowledge and opportunity to become more civically engaged.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy:

Effective September 7, 2021 – All volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before volunteering. Volunteers are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. To read the full policy, click here.

If you have questions or a written, approved medical exemption from the vaccine, please email julia@themississaugafoodbank.org.

Responsibilities:

The team will meet quarterly and additionally will be called to action as needed to support The Mississauga Food Bank advocacy initiatives. While volunteering in person at said initiatives is not mandatory, members of the team will be the first ones tapped for and entrusted with these opportunities. Such volunteer opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Executing vote pop-ups (educating food bank clients on how to vote)
  • Distributing party platforms or voting information to clients
  • Planning & executing joint events (e.g. a town hall with elected officials) with representatives from other local non-profits
  • Engaging clients with Feed Ontario’s annual Postcard Campaign
  • Identifying opportunities for The Mississauga Food Bank to further engage in advocacy in the community

In quarterly meetings, team members will have the opportunity to learn about upcoming The Mississauga Food Bank advocacy initiatives, priorities, and events, as well as provide input on how to optimize initiatives and discuss ideas for future initiatives.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 16+ years of age
  • Outgoing personality – warm, friendly, and engaging
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team with a positive attitude
  • Comfortable engaging in conversation with others
  • Enthusiastic about and/or eager to learn about the democratic process, political activism, and/or poverty reduction initiatives
  • Passionate about poverty reduction
  • Ability to work effectively unsupervised 

Preferred:

  • Prior work/volunteer experience or education in the democratic process, political activism, and/or poverty reduction initiatives

Reporting Structure:

Committee members will report to the Executive Business Assistant. Coordination and communications will in select instances be managed by the Volunteer Coordinator.

Location & Time Commitment:

Meetings will take place virtually. Various volunteer opportunities will take place either virtually, at The Mississauga Food Bank (3121 Universal Drive), or at any number of The Mississauga Food Bank’s neighbourhood food banks and agencies in our network across Mississauga.

Training Provided:

Training on the democratic process, political issues and proposed solutions, volunteering instructions, etc. will be provided as needed for each volunteer opportunity that arises.

Benefits:

  • Making a difference for those experiencing food insecurity
  • The chance to meet new people and gain new skills
  • Experience in political activism and civic engagement
  • A letter of reference once you’ve participated in the committee for a period of time
  • The opportunity to network with like-minded volunteers and elected officials

Applying:

As part of its commitment to racial justice and reconciliation, The Mississauga Food Bank encourages candidates who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour to apply to join the committee. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.