YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

to set the tables for Mississauga families this Thanksgiving.

Message from Chris

We are focused on all we can do to fight hunger in our city in 2017, but as I look back at what you helped make possible in 2016, I am filled with gratitude.
 
The generosity and compassion for hungry families in this city inspires me daily.
So many friends just like you stepped up last year to help those who could not
afford to put food on their tables. In 2016, we provided food for 2.3 million meals.
Isn’t that incredible? We could not have reached so many individuals and families
without your help.
 
We also had over 13,000 hours of volunteer time given by people in our
community. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our food bank, giving so
much time and energy to making sure people have food to feed their families.
 
To learn more about what you helped make possible in 2016, see the section below.
It takes all of us working together to bring food to thousands of people in Mississauga
each month. Whether you give time, resources or both, thank you for all you do. You are 
having an impact on our community and we are grateful for you!
 
With thanks,
 
Chris Hatch
 
 
 
Executive Director
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Where Hunger Meets Hope

Two years ago, Sarah never would have imagined her life ending up where it is today. She was working full-time as a nurse. She earned her degree and was always able to support herself. Then she moved to Mississauga from Northern Ontario, seeking a better life. She quickly learned that finding stable, full-time employment was incredibly difficult.
 
“I work through an agency, so it’s temp work. Since I got to Mississauga, I just haven’t been able to get work in my field. I never thought I would have to use a food bank. Never. It happened so fast.”
 
Sarah’s experience reflects what is happening all around Mississauga at an alarming rate. Full-time work has become increasingly difficult to find. That means people don’t have steady income to depend on, so they are faced with choosing between paying their bills and buying groceries.
 
It’s a choice no one should have to make. Sarah relies on the food bank to make ends meet when she’s between temp jobs.
 

“I went to the grocery store the other day and it was 6 bucks for hamburger meat. That’s really hard when you are working minimally,” Sarah said.

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Message from Chris

What does the Thanksgiving season mean to you? 

Just like you, I see Thanksgiving as a time to be grateful, to reflect on life's gifts, and to enjoy time (and food) with my family.

Because I lead The Mississauga Food Bank, I have an inside view on hunger in our city. For every reason we have to be grateful, there's a neighbour struggling to set their table.

This Thanksgiving, you can help neighbours like Gary who have suffered a disability and aren't able to work,
or others 
who work hard at low-paying jobs and just can't make ends meet.

Your generous gift will provide wholesome, nutritious food to hungry children, families and seniors. $2 is all it takes to provide 5 meals. 

It truly takes all of us working together to ensure no one in Mississauga goes hungry.

With my best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, 

 

 

Chris Hatch, Executive Director

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Your generosity and support helped bring hope to hungry families across our city in a big way this holiday season. Over the fall and winter holidays, we were able to provide food for 711,355 meals, thanks to 311 food drives and fundraisers in our community. 
 
We also filled 33,874 Hope Boxes with healthy vegetables, fruits and other nutritious staples to distribute to hungry individuals and families. You helped us bring hope to so many who are struggling with hunger this holiday season. Thank you for caring about our community and working to make it stronger!
 
As 2017 begins, the need is still great in our community. People are struggling to find consistent work, which means they can’t always feed their families when they have to pay rent first. And while rents continue to rise, so does the cost of food. So please continue to help in any way you can—our city needs you!

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope

Thanks to generous people like you, Sarah has a place to go. A place to depend on when jobs are hard to come by. She has access to nutritious food each month, which is crucial for her health and also gives her the chance to get back on her feet. You are making hope possible for so many in our city who have felt hungry and hopeless. . . Thank you for making our community healthier and stronger!

 

Thanks to generous people like you, Sarah has a place to go. A place to depend on when jobs are hard to come by. She has access to nutritious food each month, which is crucial for her health and also gives her the chance to get back on her feet. You are making hope possible for so many in our city who have felt hungry and hopeless. . . Thank you for making our community healthier and stronger!

 

Volunteer Spotlight

It would be difficult—maybe even impossible—to help our community without thousands of amazing volunteers. They help the hungry get fed. They help keep our programs running. They help mentor and reach out to the youth in our community.
 
Tarah volunteers at The Dam, a drop-in youth program. The kids who come to The Dam help build a welcoming and supportive community for one another, when in most cases they don’t have that community at home or school. They can also receive free meals while they are there.
 
“There was one youth here who was in a situation where he wasn’t living at home anymore. The food bank definitely helps, when he can make it here for the food,” Tarah said. “It’s sad when you see the kids here and you can tell that they want food. And we have days like today when we’re running out really quickly.”
 
Thanks to volunteers like Tarah, our youth have safe places to go and can get nutritious meals too. Thank you to Tarah and all of our volunteers for making a difference in our community!
 

Visit our volunteer section for more information.
www.themississaugafoodbank.org/volunteer

“No matter how bad things are, I know I’ll eat. And that’s important. I’m very grateful for the food bank.”

- Sarah

At The Mississauga Food Bank, we want to keep as many services and programs running as we possibly can, so that we can reach anyone who is struggling with hunger in Mississauga. Knowing the amount of money coming in each month is a tremendous help to us so we can budget effectively and keep our programs and services running.
That’s why our Helping Hands monthly donor club is so crucial to the work we do. 
 
If you’ve been considering ways to give additional help to the food bank, our Helping Hands monthly donor club truly makes an impact by helping us provide more food to more people across Mississauga.
 
“I started giving to the monthly giving program about two years ago,” said Brian. For the same reasons I volunteer, I donate money. I figure this is one of the more worthwhile charities that are close to home.”
 
Monthly gifts mean that we can supply nutritious food to families in need all year long. We want to feed everyone who comes to us for food, but we can’t do that without your help. Please consider joining our Helping Hands monthly giving club today!

Message from Chris

We are focused on all we can do to fight hunger in our city in 2017, but as I look back at what you helped make possible in 2016, I am filled with gratitude.
 
The generosity and compassion for hungry families in this city inspires me daily. So many friends just like you stepped up last year to help those who could not afford to put food on their tables.
 
In 2016, we provided food for 2.3 million meals. Isn’t that incredible? We could not have reached so many individuals and families without your help.
 
We also had over 13,000 hours of volunteer time given by people in our community. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our food bank, giving so much time and energy to making sure people have food to feed their families.
 
To learn more about what you helped make possible in 2016, see the section below. It takes all of us working together to bring food to thousands of people in Mississauga each month. Whether you give time, resources or both, thank you for all you do. You are having an impact on our community and we are grateful for you!
 
With thanks,
 
Chris Hatch
 
 
 
Executive Director
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