Mississauga Food Bank Does Something Very Cool

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Although there's always been poverty and food insecurity in Mississauga (and Peel in general), those serious issues have been top of mind for many the past few years because of the city's rapid growth and densification.

Now, it looks like the Mississauga Food Bank is doing something a little innovative to meet the growing demand for its services.

The Food Bank recently launched its new AquaGrow Farms program as a creative way of sourcing fresh protein and produce and it's actually the first food bank in Canada to attempt to alleviate hunger with aquaponics farming.

According to the Food Bank, AquaGrow Farms will produce approximately 645 servings of fish and over 10,000 servings of greens each year. All of the fish and greens will be distributed to its 49 member agencies across Mississauga and given to people in need who have difficulty purchasing healthy food.

“We are committed to providing our clients with access to healthy and fresh food. We are also proud to launch AquaGrow Farms to draw attention the need for fresh food by those who live in poverty”, said Executive Director, Chris Hatch. “By opening this farm, we hope to inspire others to get involved in finding creative solutions to fight hunger in our communities.”

If you are interested in a tour of the farm to glean a little more info, click here

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