Letter from Shawn McMurter, Board Chair
In response to the many questions I am receiving and in light of Eden Food for Change’s Board of Director’s announcement cancelling their Fresh Produce Box program, I want to clarify the role that The Mississauga Food Bank plays in our community.
The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank for the city as mandated by the Ontario Association of Food Banks and Food Banks Canada. We provide food to hungry neighbours through our network of 54 member agencies who are located across the city to ensure food is available in every neighbourhood of Mississauga. Food is provided from these agencies to those living in poverty at no cost and regardless of religion, race, immigration status or sexuality.
The main source of food for food bank clients are seven neighbourhood food banks in our network. These food banks provide clients with up to 10 days’ of food each month by distributing fresh, frozen and canned/dry fruit and vegetables, protein, dairy products and grains in quantities according to Canada’s Food Guide.
These food banks are:
● The Compass Market – Serving clients living in postal codes L5J, L5H, L5G, L5E
● Salvation Army Erin Mills – Serving clients living in postal codes L5L and L5K
● Seva Food Bank Malton – Serving clients living in postal codes L5T, L5S, L5P, L4T, L4V
● Seva Food Bank Wolfedale – Serving clients living in postal codes L5C and L5B
● St. Mary’s Food Bank Coopers – Serving clients living in postal codes L5W, L5V, L5R, L4Z,
● St. Mary’s Food Bank Dundas – Serving clients living in postal codes L5A, L4Y, L4X
● St. Mary’s Food Bank Streetsville – Serving clients living in postal codes L5N and L5M
There are an additional 47 agencies in our network providing food including breakfast clubs, soup kitchens, youth-at-risk programs, seniors programs, shelters and food pantries/cupboards. The food bank at Eden Food for Change is not one of these agencies.
Please be assured that The Mississauga Food Bank remains committed to its mission of A Mississauga Where No One Goes Hungry and will continue to source, manage and distribute healthy food across Mississauga as long as people living in poverty require our support. I am grateful for the generosity and funding from thousands of individuals, companies, groups, the Region of Peel and Ontario Trillium Foundation that has enabled us to serve Mississauga for the past 31 years.
President and Chair, The Mississauga Food Bank Board of Directors
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