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Mississauga Demonstrates its Care with Exceptional Holiday Food & Fundraising Drive Donations

Annual Holiday Drive raised $519,430 and 241,785 pounds of food

Mississauga, January 9, 2017 –  Mississauga has once again demonstrated it is a caring city with a big heart. From November 23 to January 6; families, companies, foundations and community groups contributed generously to feed hungry neighbours through The Mississauga Food Bank’s annual Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive.

By Friday, the community had generously donated $519,430 – breaking the previous year’s record for the Holiday Drive and exceeding this year’s goal of $500,000. Through community food drives, plus collections at local fire stations and grocery stores, the food bank also received 241,785 pounds of food. While the food donated fell short of the food bank’s goal of 275,000 lbs, financial donations will be used to purchase most needed items including fruit, vegetables and protein products.

“We are so grateful for the community’s ongoing generosity,” says Meghan Nicholls, Director of Marketing and Development at The Mississauga Food Bank. “We always say ‘it takes all of us to feed our hungry neighbours’ and Mississauga residents and businesses demonstrated that during this year’s Holiday Drive. To each of those who gave during the Holidays, we extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation.”

The Holiday Drive is the food bank’s largest annual initiative to raise food and funds and was sponsored this year by corporate partners Nissan Canada Foundation and the Just Energy Foundation. Each year, 30% of funds and 20% of food for the entire year are raised during the important Holiday Drive.

The Mississauga Food Bank provides food for over 198,000 meals each month – half of it fresh food. Donations to The Mississauga Food Bank are required year-round and can be made by phone at 905.270.5589 or online at themississaugafoodbank.org/donate-today. For every $2 donated, The Mississauga Food Bank is able to distribute food for 5 meals.

About The Mississauga Food Bank

The Mississauga Food Bank serves the entire city of Mississauga. Through its network of 51 member agencies – including neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs, youth and seniors programs, and breakfast clubs – The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 2 million meals each year.

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Media Contact:
Meghan Nicholls
meghan@themississaugafoodbank.org | 905.270.5589 x226


Date Added: January 9, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases — 3:59 pm

The Mississauga Food Bank asks the community to help feed hungry children this spring

Wasilla

Annual Spring Food and Fundraising Drive begins today with goals of 85,000 pounds of food and $50,000 by April 8

 

For Immediate Release:  March 14, 2016

MISSISSAUGA: The Mississauga Food Bank’s Spring Food and Fundraising Drive, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, begins today and ends April 8. In those four weeks, The Mississauga Food Bank needs to raise 85,000 pounds of food and $50,000 for hungry kids throughout the city.

With the cost of food on the rise, parents are struggling to put food on the table. Parents like Wassila, a single mother of five growing girls. Without financial support from her ex-husband and unable to keep up with rising food prices, Wasilla turned to her neighbourhood food bank for the first time this month.

“I’m divorced since 6 years ago and my ex has disappeared. And he doesn’t pay anything. No child support, nothing,” Wasilla reveals. ”So I’m trying to be a superhero.”

Wasilla’s story is one of 30 being featured this month on The Mississauga Food Bank’s blog and social media. To help commemorate The Mississauga Food Bank’s 30th Anniversary, the 30 Stories of Hunger & Hope photo series documents stories shared by food bank clients, volunteers and supporters.

“By sharing stories of struggling families in our community, we hope to shed some light on what it is like to fall on hard times and need the food bank,” explains Meghan Nicholls, Director of Marketing and Development at The Mississauga Food Bank. “It’s unacceptable that 1 in 5 children below the age of 5 live in poverty in Mississauga. This spring, we need the community’s help to let kids be kids.”

The Mississauga Food Bank is asking donors to shop for its most-needed items; including fruit (applesauce, canned fruit, dried fruit), vegetables (canned vegetables, low salt), healthy grains and rice (whole grain, brown rice), and canned fish/meat and drop them off at their local grocery store, fire station, or at the food bank.

Volunteers from RBC Royal Bank will be at Mississauga grocery stores on Saturday, March 26 collecting food and cash for the food bank. They will be at Loblaws Glen Erin Market (Glen Erin and Eglinton), Loblaws Heartland Market (Mavis and Britannia), Loblaws Superstore (Winston Churchill and Argentia), Lob, Loblaws Credit Landing (Port Credit) and Metro (Southdown and Lakeshore).

Monetary donations in support of the Spring Drive ensure that The Mississauga Food Bank can distribute donated food. Donations can be made at 905.270.5589 or at donate.themississaugafoodbank.org.

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About The Mississauga Food Bank

The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in Mississauga. Through its network of 52 member agencies – including neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs – The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 2.2 million meals each year.

Media Contact:
Sheena McDonald
sheena@themississaugafoodbank.org 905.270.5589 x227

 


Date Added: March 14, 2016 | Filed under: Blog,Press Releases — 5:53 pm

Rotary Clubs of Mississauga Donate $20,000 to The Mississauga Food Bank

Rotary Donation

 

All nine Rotary Clubs in Mississauga band together to sponsor food distribution for The Mississauga Food Bank 

MISSISSAUGA, ON (February 18, 2016) – Today, the Rotary Clubs of Mississauga announced their ongoing commitment to ending hunger in Mississauga with a collective $20,000 donation to The Mississauga Food Bank. For the first time, all nine Rotary Clubs in Mississauga are uniting to maximize their impact through a year-long sponsorship to fund distributing food across Mississauga.

Each year, The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 2.2 million meals through its network of 52 member agencies including neighbourhood food banks, before-school breakfast clubs, youth-at-risk drop-in programs, hot meal programs, youth and family shelters, and emergency food pantries. These agencies are located in areas of the city where need is highest, and in locations that can be easily accessed by those who need emergency food support.

“It would be impossible to achieve our vision of a Mississauga where no one goes hungry  without partners like the Rotary Clubs of Mississauga,“  says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “This partnership enables us to provide wholesome food to hungry families, children and seniors in every corner of  our city.”

Distributing 1.5 million pounds of food each year is a capital-intensive endeavor as costs increase along with the need for emergency food in Mississauga. Food distribution costs include maintenance of The Mississauga Food Bank’s 21,000 square foot warehouse and fleet of refrigerated trucks, with the cost of fuel – alone – approaching $10,000 per year.

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About The Mississauga Food Bank

The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in Mississauga. Through its network of member agencies – including neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs – The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 2.2 million meals each year.

 

Media contact:
Sheena McDonald
Marketing and Development Coordinator
The Mississauga Food Bank
905-270-5589 x227 | sheena@themississaugafoodbank.org

 


Date Added: February 18, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases — 9:23 pm

Nissan Canada Foundation Renews Partnership with The Mississauga Food Bank

Nissan Canada Foundation renews relationship with central food bank in Mississauga through multi-year sponsorship

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. (February 8, 2016) – Today, the Nissan Canada Foundation and The Mississauga Food Bank announced they will deepen their relationship as the Nissan Canada Foundation renews its support as the food bank’s “Champion Sponsor” for 2016 and 2017. Nissan – through the Nissan Canada Foundation – will provide volunteer support and sponsor several food drives, including the city-wide Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive in December where the Nissan Canada Foundation will be the leading sponsor.

“Today as we announce this renewal that will continue our Foundation’s work with The Mississauga Food Bank, I can feel this sense of pride around me, making this joyful occasion an even greater pleasure for me, as newly-appointed president, to be part of,” said Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc.

The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in Mississauga, where the Nissan Canadian head office has been situated since 1989. The Mississauga Food Bank has been providing food for over 2.2-million meals each year through its network of member agencies including neighbourhood food banks, before-school breakfast clubs, youth-at-risk drop-in programs, hot meal programs, youth and family shelters, and emergency food pantries. These agencies are located in areas of the city where need is highest, and in locations that can be easily accessed by those who need emergency food support.

“We provide food for 183,000 meals each month and we can’t do that without the generous support of partners like the Nissan Canada Foundation,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “To say we are grateful for the Nissan Canada Foundation’s support for the past 10 years would be an understatement. We’re delighted to continue working with Nissan employees to achieve our shared vision of a Mississauga where no one goes hungry.”

As “Champion” sponsor, The Nissan Canada Foundation will continue paying close attention to local community needs with their summer Food for Thought Food Drive. As donations to The Mississauga Food Bank fall dramatically in the summer months, the Nissan Canada Foundation will rally together Nissan Canada employees from the head office and local dealerships – Direct Nissan and Woodchester Nissan – to raise food and funds at this critical time.

“The city of Mississauga is our home, our employees and dealers have spent two decades giving back to this community, hoping to have a meaningful impact. Today we honour this work by reaffirming our commitment to continuing the fight against hunger in this city,” concluded Paiva.

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About Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

 

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/

 

About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 190 independent Nissan dealerships, 39 Infiniti retailers and 45 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

 

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca

 

About The Nissan Canada Foundation
Created in 1993 the Foundation aims to deliver on Nissan’s corporate vision of enriching people’s lives, by improving the quality of life in the communities in which Nissan operates. Aligned with Nissan’s three chosen areas of focus; the environment, education and humanitarian relief, the Foundation establishes lasting partnerships ensuring its efforts lead to long-term tangible differences in people’s lives. This approach has resulted in long-standing support for The Mississauga Food Bank, a local organization, as well as a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, formed in 2008. Equally passionate about Canada’s future, the Foundation supports endowments, bursaries and in-kind donations. Today these have an estimated value of over two million dollars. The Foundation has provided financial assistance to these partners over the course of two decades, but it has also provided over 5,550 hours of donated labour, realizing that the true value of these efforts is in the outcomes they have enabled. An understanding best achieved through personal involvement.

 

About The Mississauga Food Bank
The Mississauga Food Bank serves the entire city of Mississauga. Through its network of member agencies – including neighbourhood, food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs – The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 2.2 million meals each year.

Media contacts:

Didier Marsaud
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Tel: 905-629-6400
Email: didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com
 
Jenn McCarthy
Cohn & Wolfe
Tel: 647-259-3305
Email: jennifer.mccarthy@cohnwolfe.ca
 
Sheena McDonald
Marketing and Development Coordinator
The Mississauga Food Bank
905-270-5589 x227
E-mail: sheena@themississaugafoodbank.org


Date Added: February 10, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases — 2:27 pm

Community Rallies Behind Food Bank for Record-Breaking Holiday Food & Fundraising Drive

Annual Holiday Drive raised $439,330 and 262,900 pounds of food

Mississauga, January 7, 2015 –  The Mississauga community has rallied together to fight hunger in the city and their efforts have resulted in The Mississauga Food Bank’s most successful Holiday Food and Fundraising Drive to date.

By December 31, the community raised $439,330 – enough to distribute food for nearly 1.1 million meals. Through community food drives, plus collections at local fire stations and grocery stores, the food bank also received 262,900 pounds of food. The results exceed both the goals of $400,000 and 250,000 pounds of food and last year’s drive totals.

The Holiday Drive is a community-driven campaign – local schools, small businesses, major corporations, the OPP, the Toronto Scottish Regiment and ‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas Foundation are some of the campaign’s contributors who make feeding our neighbours possible.

“This is a tremendous city-wide effort,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “We serve clients in every part of Mississauga and had individuals, schools and businesses from every corner of the city support this year’s holiday drive. We are so thankful again for the community’s overwhelming support and to Tim Hortons of Mississauga for sponsoring this successful campaign.”

The Mississauga Food Bank provides food for over 183,000 meals each month – half of which is fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products.

Donations to The Mississauga Food Bank are required year-round, and can be made by phone at 905.270.5589, or online at donate.themississaugafoodbank.org. For every $2 donated, The Mississauga Food Bank is able to distribute food for 5 meals.

About The Mississauga Food Bank

The Mississauga Food Bank serves the entire city of Mississauga. Through its network of member agencies – including neighbourhood, food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs – The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 2.2 million meals each year.

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Media Contact:
Sheena McDonald
sheena@themississaugafoodbank.org
905.270.5589 x227


Date Added: January 8, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases — 2:05 pm

The Mississauga Food Bank needs more food donations after Thanksgiving Drive

Community comes together to exceed financial goals, but food falls short

Mississauga, Oct. 22, 2014 – The Mississauga Food Bank is asking community members to continue donating food at fire stations and grocery stores across the city. More food is needed to meet the needs of people who rely on the food bank each month.

The Thanksgiving Food and Fundraising Drive, which ran from Sept. 22 to Oct. 17, raised over $82,000, well over the $75,000-goal. However, food fell short of the 100,000-pound goal – the food bank received 75,000 pounds of donations.

“We thank the public for their year-round generosity,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “The food we collect between Thanksgiving and Christmas will be feeding hungry families in our neighbourhoods for months to come. It’s very important that we collect enough at this time of year to last during our slower seasons.”

The most-needed items are: canned fish and meat, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal and rice.

The Mississauga Food Bank accepts food and cash donations year-round. Information about how to donate foods and funds is available at www.themississaugafoodbank.org/donate.

 

About The Mississauga Food Bank

The Mississauga Food Bank serves the entire city of Mississauga. Through its network of member agencies – including neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs – The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 209,000 meals each month.

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Media Contact:
Pamela Sleightholm
Pamela@themississaugafoodbank.org
905.270.5589 x227

 


Date Added: October 21, 2014 | Filed under: Blog,Press Releases — 4:34 pm

Government of Ontario Launches Tax Credit for Farmers and Food Banks

Tax Credit Announcement

Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs; Chris Hatch, ED, The Mississauga Food Bank;
Bob Bailey, MPP for Sarnia-Lambton;
Corey Van Groningen, Owner of VG Meats and President of Ontario Independent Meat Processors

Ontario makes history as the first province in Canada to provide farmers with a tax credit for donating to local food banks

On Monday September 29th 2014, the Honorable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, alongside the Honorable Ted McMeekin and MPP Bob Bailey announced the launch of the new Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers.

This tax credit is the first and only one of its kind in Canada, making this a historic week for farmers, food banks, and the provincial government. Farmers in Ontario are now eligible to claim a 25% tax credit for all agricultural product that they donate to the province’s community food banks.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy local food, and we applaud the Ontario government for introducing a tax credit that will encourage more farmers to make that food available to families and individuals who need it most,” says Bill Laidlaw, Executive Director at the Ontario Association of Food Banks.

“Many food bank clients do not receive the recommended daily servings of fruit, vegetables, and protein, which can cause additional strains on one’s health and well-being,” says Laidlaw. “A balanced diet with local, fresh, and nutritious foods will help improve the health of food bank clients as well as the health of communities across Ontario.”

There are over 10,000  individuals, 51% of whom are children, relying on food banks each and every month in this community. It is only with the generous support from farmers and local community members that The Mississauga Food Bank is able to provide meals and provisions for those in need. It is without a doubt that the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers will help stock local food bank fridges and freezers, and provide members of this community with fresh, healthy, and local foods that they otherwise would not receive.

ABOUT THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF FOOD BANKS
The Ontario Association of Food Banks is a network of 125 food banks and over 1,100 hunger-relief agencies. Together, we serve 375,789 individuals, including 131,734 children every month, through a number of food programs and services. This includes: breakfast clubs, school meal programs, community kitchens, emergency shelters, community food centres, seniors’ centres, and small neighbourhood food banks. For more information please visit www.oafb.ca

For more information or the request an interview with Bill Laidlaw, please contact:
Amanda King, Manager of Communications, Ontario Association of Food Banks
amanda@oafb.ca, 416-656-4100 x2932


Date Added: September 30, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases — 5:29 pm

The Mississauga Food Bank releases hunger report at launch of Thanksgiving Drive

Mississauga families are struggling to make ends meet; one in five food bank users received help for the first time this year.

The Face of Hunger 2014Mississauga, Sept. 23, 2014 –There are hungry people in every corner of the city, and The Mississauga Food Bank needs the community’s help to provide them with enough nutritious food this Thanksgiving.

The Mississauga Food Bank launched its Annual Thanksgiving Drive yesterday with a goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food and raising $75,000 by Oct. 17. The food bank has also released its second annual report on hunger in the city – The Face of Hunger in Mississauga.

The report tells that one in five food bank visitors received help for the first time this year, and more than 70% of users have been living in Canada for more than three years. Food bank staff hope this information will break stereotypes that food bank users take advantage of the system and are mostly recent immigrants.

“It’s important to remember that the people who use food banks in Mississauga are our neighbours,” says Chris Hatch, Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “When you donate food or money to The Mississauga Food Bank, you’re supporting your own community, your neighbours, maybe your friends, family members or coworkers.”

Food bank staff and volunteers will be out at neighbourhood grocery stores collecting food and cash donations on Friday, Oct. 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Look for them at Loblaws (Mavis/Britannia-Heartland); Real Canadian Superstore (Argentia/Winston Churchill); Real Canadian Superstore (Mavis/Dundas); Loblaws (Glen Erin/Eglinton), and Metro (Southdown/Lakeshore). Food can also be donated year-round at any Mississauga fire station.

Read or download a copy of The Face of Hunger in Mississauga on our website.

To donate to The Mississauga Food Bank online, visit donate.themississaugafoodbank.org.

About The Mississauga Food Bank

The Mississauga Food Bank serves the entire city of Mississauga. Through its network of member agencies – including neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs – The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for over 209,000 meals each month.

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Media Contact:

Meghan Nicholls
meghan@themississaugafoodbank.org | 905-270-5589 x226


Date Added: September 23, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases — 2:01 pm

BREAK FAST FOR FOOD: Breaking 1,200 boards for 15,000 meals

Board-Break-a-ThonMississauga, Ontario – On Saturday, August 16th over 20 Karate Black Belts (ages 14 – 60) will be smashing hundreds of boards at the Academy of Martial Arts in Port Credit, challenging each other for the fastest time while attempting to raise $5,000 (about 15,000 meals) for The Mississauga Food Bank.

The Academy of Martial Arts Board Break-A-Thon Challenge is a fun, exciting, yet challenging martial arts activity with students reaching for their personal best. The participants, all BLACK BELTS, will set realistic board break times to smash 10 stacks of 5 boards (total attempt is 50 boards each) in the fastest time versus each other!

The idea was created because Christopher Doyle, chief instructor and 8th Degree Black Belt wanted to not only have students demonstrate goal setting and achievement, but demonstrate that with focus and determination anything is possible.

Doyle himself holds the world record for board breaking. On September 14th, 1996 he smashed 495 boards in a mere 60 seconds!

The goal is to raise at least $5000 for The Mississauga Food Bank. We’re hoping to make the Board Break-A-Thon Challenge as successful as possible, so the more contributions we raise, the more successful we’ll be at achieving our goal.

For every $1 given, The Mississauga Food Bank is able to distribute food for 3 meals to hungry children, families and seniors in our community.

Make a donation to support the black belts online.

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Contact Information:
Academy of Martial Arts/Christopher Doyle
416-824-6734
cjdoyle@pathcom.com
Academy of Martial Arts – 108 Lakeshore Road East, Port Credit, Ontario, L5G1E3


Date Added: August 12, 2014 | Filed under: Blog,Press Releases — 4:11 pm

Ramadan fundraiser connects donors and food bank clients through hunger

Give 30

For Immediate Release:  July 23, 2014

MISSISSAUGA: Mississauga residents of all faiths are coming together to fight hunger through Give 30, a fundraising campaign focused on Ramadan. Over $5,000 has been donated to The Mississauga Food Bank since the start of the campaign last month.

Give 30 is designed to motivate people fasting in Ramadan to give a portion of the money they save by skipping meals over the month.

Mississauga resident Mohammed Hashim, who made the first donation to Mississauga’s Give 30 campaign, says fasting builds empathy for people in our community who don’t have enough food.

“When fasting for 17 hours through hunger pains and thirst, how can one ignore our neighbours who go through this every day of their lives?” he says. “Ramadan is a time of charity and is a great reminder of how we need to help our greater community.”

Give 30 was founded in Toronto in 2012 and has since spread to 11 food banks across six provinces. Since it was founded, Give 30 has raised more than $200,000 for Canadian food banks.

“This is the first year Mississauga has been involved with Give 30,” says Chris Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “The response has been incredible and really speaks to the compassion and generosity of our neighbours in Mississauga.”

Though Ramadan ends on July 27, donations can be made through www.Give30.ca until Sept. 5.

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About Give 30: Give 30 runs in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Quebec, Mississauga, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.  Ramadan takes place from June 28 – July 27, 2014.

W: GIVE30.ca ~ FB: /GIVE30 ~ T: @GIVE_30

Contact:
Ziyaad Mia, Founder Give 30 – 416-303-9535 (cell – call or text)
Pamela Sleightholm, Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator, The Mississauga Food Bank – 905-270-5589 x227


Date Added: July 23, 2014 | Filed under: Blog,Press Releases — 1:47 pm