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30 Stories of Hunger & Hope

30 Stories

 

To help commemorate The Mississauga Food Bank’s 30th Anniversary, we have been documenting stories of hunger and hope in our community. Over the past month, we have visited several of our 52 member agencies and asked clients to share their experiences with us. The story of a food bank client, volunteer or supporter will be posted every day this month.

All photos and stories will be shared through social media and on our blog.

Last year, our hungry neighbours visited neighbourhood food banks 80,151 times and made an additional 87,779 visits to our meal, snack and breakfast programs. Make a donation today to help bring hope into their lives.

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Date Added: April 4, 2016 | Filed under: 30 Stories,Blog — 8:26 pm

30 Stories Photographers

Photographers

 

Three cheers for Hester, Natalie & Amanda! We are immensely grateful to the three photographers who volunteered their time and talent to our 30 Stories of Hunger & Hope series.

Please visit the following to see more of their incredible work:

Natalie Roessler: https://www.facebook.com/natalieroesslerphotography/

Hester Barnard: ctrlcreativestudio.com

Amanda Koenig: amandakoenigphotography.ca


Date Added: April 2, 2016 | Filed under: 30 Stories,Blog — 4:04 pm

30 Stories of Hunger & Hope


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30 Stories of Hunger & Hope – March 31

Edward

 

(Part 2/2) “What was the happiest time of your life?”

“The happiest time? That’s a toss-up. It was either the birth of my son or when I got married.”

“What’s your son’s name?”

“It…was Brock. He got killed by a driver. Ran over. That was back in 2003. And he got killed 2 days before his 16th birthday. It was on February 28th. So, that’s what happened there.

You know, my leg right now is 36 inches in diameter. These pants are 5 XL to get over my leg. I think this leg probably weighs an extra 100 pounds. Or close to it.

Since I got this, I’ve looked at my options. They’re very limited at what I can do about it. So, I just have to stay positive, that’s all. There’s no use being negative about this stuff. Since I got older, I’ve tried to be friendlier with people. I smile at everyone who goes by me, if they don’t smile back, well, that’s their problem.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

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30 Stories of Hunger & Hope – March 31

Edward

 

(Part 1/2) “Since 2008, I’ve had Type 3 Lymphedema. Everyone has a lymph system in their body. If you have a blockage in it, your leg will start swelling. There’s no surgery for it. There’s no medication for it. The only treatment is at a private Lymphedema clinic where they charge like $90 for 70 minutes. I’ve been without shoes for 2 years. I tried to get orthopedic shoes through the government but they don’t cover it anymore. And they cost $2,000 because they’re custom-made. So, that’s where I am with that.”

“What would you do without the food bank?”

“I honestly don’t know, to tell you the truth.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

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Date Added: March 31, 2016 | Filed under: 30 Stories,Blog — 1:05 pm

30 Stories of Hunger & Hope – March 30

Chris

 

“How has working here impacted your life?”

“When you have the privilege of having more of an in-depth relationship with youth and they share their story, the behind the scenes look of what’s going on in their lives and…it’s heartbreaking. You know, on top of being a teenager, having to focus on school…and then you’ve got this. This is real life, this isn’t a tv show.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

Please note: Since 1995, The Dam has provided a safe community for youth and young moms. It is one of 52 member agencies receiving food from The Mississauga Food Bank.

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Date Added: March 30, 2016 | Filed under: 30 Stories,Blog — 2:58 pm

30 Stories of Hunger & Hope – March 29

Gary

 

“I’ve been coming here ever since I broke my ankle.”

“What happened?”

“I crushed it up in Haliburton. Had two operations on it and it’s screwed. I can’t work, can’t walk on it.”

“What did you do before?”

“Stone mason. 25 years you go from making a lot of money to making nothin’. You go to being on ODSP. You don’t know what to do with yourself. You can’t work anymore and the love of your life is working. On ODSP, after you’ve paid all your bills, you’ve got nothing left. If it wasn’t for this place…”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

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Date Added: March 29, 2016 | Filed under: 30 Stories,Blog — 2:36 pm

30 Stories of Hunger & Hope – March 28

britney

 

“So you’re working here (The Dam) as a student placement?”

“Yes, I started in September. Cooksville is a high immigration area, so with their parents trying to get footing, they might not always have enough food  at home. So having that here really helps.

I think the thing that surprises me most is that – from my high school experience – everyone had their cliques. And coming here, seeing how everyone just interacts with each other and knows  each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re popular, it doesn’t matter who you are.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

Please note: Since 1995, The Dam has provided a safe community for youth and young moms. It is one of 52 member agencies receiving food from The Mississauga Food Bank.

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Date Added: March 28, 2016 | Filed under: 30 Stories,Blog — 2:36 pm

30 Stories of Hunger & Hope – March 27

jules

 

“I was lying in a hospital bed, all full of needles, giving up.  I said keep the noise down and let me die in peace. And my son looked at me and said ‘You’re not dying. I’ve been your doctor for 40 years and I’ve never seen you give up’ And I told him I’m gone. I’m in pain all the time. But then I heard these two voices coming down the hallway. It was my grandbabies! I got up, got my slippers on and said ‘Hey little man, what are you doin’?’ So we went to the tv room. Doctor said to the nurse ‘If you see those little kids, you let ‘em in. It’s the only thing keeping him going’.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

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Date Added: March 27, 2016 | Filed under: 30 Stories,Blog — 4:02 pm

30 Stories of Hunger & Hope – March 26

andrea

 

“I volunteered here (The Compass) for the Christmas luncheon and sat down with different families. It was so meaningful to have one-on-one conversations, even just 5 to 10 minutes.  Anyway, you’re doing a nice job with this project.”

Photo credit: Natalie Roessler

Please note: The Compass is a food bank and drop-in centre providing a safe, supportive place for individuals experiencing economic and social challenges.  It is one of 52 member agencies receiving food from The Mississauga Food Bank.

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Date Added: March 26, 2016 | Filed under: 30 Stories,Blog — 10:06 pm