Mississauga residents and businesses urged to give to Mayor’s Thanksgiving Food Drive

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Published September 14, 2021 at 11:05 am

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive kicked off today and is looking to raise $400,000 and 200,000 pounds of food for The Mississauga Food Bank. 

Continuing until Oct. 17, the mayor’s food drive is asking people to contribute money, food or even volunteer for the effort, which is in support of tens of thousands of people who use the food bank each year.  

This past year, more than 25,800 people in Mississauga visited a food bank, some 6,800 of them for the first time. 

“The need in our community has never been greater,” said Crombie, noting the pandemic has made things even more difficult for people living pay cheque to pay cheque.

“This year, more than any other year, is a time to reflect and give thanks for making it through one of the toughest years together as a community,” food drive organizers added.  

For every dollar donated this year, The Mississauga Food Bank will be able to provide nutritious and appropriate food for two meals for a hungry person in need through its network of more than 50 agencies.  

“Help us continue to set the table and feed more hungry children, seniors, families and neighbours this Thanksgiving,” organizers say.  

Also part of the effort is Crombie’s annual corporate challenge, in which Mississauga businesses compete against one another to raise the most money and/or food for the cause. 

Visit The Mississauga Food Bank’s website for details on how to donate food and money, or volunteer for the food drive, or for information on the corporate challenge. 

The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in the city. Through its network of more than 50 agencies, it distributes food for almost five million meals each year to vulnerable children, seniors and others. 

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