FAQ | The Mississauga Food Bank


What is a Food Bank?
Food banks serve the community by acquiring and warehousing food and other necessities from numerous public and private sources. This food is then distributed year-round to eligible people in need.

How does The Mississauga Food Bank help the hungry?
We help the hungry by sourcing, managing and distributing food to our network of member agencies, including neighbourhood food banks, before-school breakfast clubs,  shelters and hot meal programs. To see a list of the agencies we serve click here.

How many people does The Mississauga Food Bank feed?
Our hungry neighbours visited neighbourhood food banks 85,889 times last year. In addition, we had 103,494 visits to our meal, snack and breakfast programs. The Mississauga Food Bank provides food for over 140,000 meals each month. Nearly half of all this food is fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products.

Where does The Mississauga Food Bank get their money?
We receive funding from individuals, corporations, clubs and service groups, foundations, Region of Peel, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and community events that are hosted on our behalf. We rely on the generosity of these people to fund the operations of the food bank. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our Donations Page.

The Mississauga Food Bank is a federally registered charitable organization: 11892 7011 RR0001. To download a copy of our Tax Receipting Policy, click here.

Why does The Mississauga Food Bank need money?

Your support enables us to:

  • Purchase fresh food and non-perishable food when supplies run low.
  • Distribute healthy food to locations across Mississauga.
  • Reach our neighbours with information about when they can get food, or with how they can support feeding their neighbours.

Who is eligible to get food from their neighbourhood food bank?
Anyone in need living in Mississauga is welcome to visit their neighbourhood food bank. Clients will be asked to provide proof that they are residents of Mississauga. This includes providing identification with their name and mailing addresses for all adults in the family. If you have children, you will be asked to provide proof of identification (name and birth date) such as a birth certificate, passport etc.

How does The Mississauga Food Bank get its food?
The bulk of The Mississauga Food Bank’s food comes from generous individuals, employee groups, schools and others who organize food drives in the community or drop off food at their local fire station. Additionally, national and local food manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, brokers and distributors as well as the OAFB and FBC donate food and related products to The Mississauga Food Bank. Starting in 2014, we began purchasing a portion of our food to ensure the food provided is of the highest nutritional standard. Below shows the breakdown of where our food comes from.

  • 39% food drives and the general public
  • 18% corporate food donors
  • 16% Reclamation (Food that grocery stores can’t/won’t sell)
  • 13% Purchased food
  • 11% Ontario Association of Food Banks/Food Banks Canada
  • 3% Other agencies

Our products, including packaged, canned, perishable and non-perishable foods, meet all Canadian food safety standards as well as nutrition standards as per the Canada Food Guide. Our warehouse staff are trained in Food Handling and Safety. When food arrives at the food bank, our volunteers sort the food and check for dates and dents. Although we are diligent in this process, remember that is it the food bank clients’ ultimate responsibility to check the products prior to consumption. Each food order is a 7 to 10-day supplement for an individual or family. The food we distribute is regularly evaluated by a nutritionist. Read the most recent Nutrition Report

What kind of food is provided?
Clients at ALL 6 of Mississauga’s local food banks receive enough food to provide each client nutritionally balanced meals for 7 to 10 days. Clients can visit their neighbourhood food bank once every 4 weeks. Food provided includes: perishable and non-perishable products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen meat and dairy products, fresh juice, bread, cereal, canned fish, meat, vegetables and fruit; stew; peanut butter and jam, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, soup, crackers, rice or noodles, beans, baby formula and baby food. Non-food items (e.g. tooth paste, soap, toilet paper etc.) are also frequently donated and distributed to clients. Some agencies provide snack food for their after-school kids’ programs or for seniors who need a hot meal. The food we distribute is regularly evaluated by a nutritionist. Read the most recent Nutrition Report