Holiday drive-thru food drive on this weekend in Mississauga amid rising concerns about shortages

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Published December 14, 2022 at 12:24 pm

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The Mississauga Food Bank staff member unloading boxes of donations from the trunk of a donor’s car.

A drive-thru food drive on this weekend in Mississauga aims to address the growing need for food bank services in the city.

Last month, the Meghan Nicholls, CEO of The Mississauga Food Bank said the need for the organization’s services is greater than ever as the holiday season approaches.

Food bank use both in Mississauga and across Canada is at the highest level ever, Nicholls said.

Life has become so difficult for people living in poverty in Mississauga that some are considering suicide, she said.

Because people who give to the food bank may also be struggling, both cash and food donations to The Mississauga Food Bank are down.

The Mississauga Food Bank, Drive-Thru Food Drive is one way to help out.

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Santa Claus in front of two The Mississauga Food Bank trucks with Donny the Donation Bag mascot, staff members and volunteers at the 2021 Holiday Drive-Thru Food Drive event.

The event is part of Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s 2022 Holiday Food Drive. The overall goal is to raise $1.7 million and 450,000 pounds of food by Jan. 6.

People can bring monetary donations, food and personal care items in the trunks of their cars, which will be collected by volunteers. The most needed food includes peanut butter, juice packs, cooking oil, pasta sauce, pasta, canned vegetables, soup, stew and meat, rice, cereal and flour.

More information on the most needed items can be found here.

The Drive-Thru Food Drive is on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3121 Universal Dr., Mississauga. For ease of traffic, organizers ask drivers please turn onto Universal Drive from Dundas Street East.

For more information, visit www.themississaugafoodbank.org/holiday

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