“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.”
“You said you wanted to feed our hungry neighbours, and together, we were able to provide food for almost 28,000 people this year, and distribute 2,700,000 pounds of food. Thanks to you, we scaled up our programs to support the rising number of people needing food through our network of over 40 agencies.”
As the cost of living rises, people experiencing poverty are in search of affordable housing. A safe standard of living is simply unattainable for many people who are employed and working multiple part-time jobs, on social assistance, or have no income at all.
Food bank usage is on the rise in Mississauga.
“Everyone at the food bank is so welcoming and kind, if it weren’t for them, I’d be in really bad shape. They will always give you something to eat, no matter who you are,”
- Improving access to food for people with the highest need.
- Sourcing adequate healthy food, culturally appropriate where possible.
- Investing in strategic partnerships that leverage more food, resources, capacity, and impact.
“St. Hilary’s Food Pantry is grateful for the ongoing and prompt communication from The Mississauga Food Bank. Not only do we feel supported from a food perspective, but this year we were also gifted a refrigerator as an upgrade to enhance our delivery of perishable items to our clients.”
– Jackie, St. Hilary’s Food Pantry
Thank you to the almost 3,000 volunteers (1,801 new this year) who contributed over 16,500 hours. You are our lifeline. We are so thankful to the volunteers who continued to show up during the pandemic and put themselves at risk to help others in need.
Our local community, corporate groups and employers, foundations, and individual donors contribute to our vision of A Mississauga where no one goes hungry.
In 2019-2020 here’s how the community came together:
- 15,376 unique donors and fundraisers
- $5.3 million+ donated
- 1,018,150 lbs of food donated from the community
“I really needed help. I wasn’t able to keep up with my family’s expenses; I’m a single mother and was looking for support.”
In 2019-2020, you donated money and food totalling $10,673,973 that ensures your hungry neighbours have enough to eat.
Community events: 7%
Government grants: 3%
87% of your donations went directly to sourcing, managing, and distributing food to hungry children, seniors, families, and neighbours across Mississauga.
Sourcing, managing, and distributing food: 87%
Together we’ve ensured no one goes hungry today, but what about tomorrow?
The root cause of hunger is poverty. The solution to this problem can only be addressed with your support and policy changes at all levels of government.