Mississauga residents urged to take a little drive on Saturday to donate food, other items

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Published October 6, 2021 at 9:19 am

Mayor Bonnie Crombie was among those on hand recently to launch her annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The Mississauga Food Bank is hosting a contactless drive-thru food drive this Saturday (Oct. 9) in support of Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s annual Thanksgiving campaign to help put food on the table for those in need. 

The organization encourages people to bring food and personal care items to its location at 3121 Universal Dr., north of Dundas St. E. and east of Dixie Rd., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Volunteers will collect the items from the trunks of cars. 

The food bank is attempting to help the mayor’s 2021 Thanksgiving Food Drive reach its goal of raising $400,000 and collecting 200,000 pounds of food by Oct. 17.  

Organizers also encourage families to download the Stuff A Turkey activity from The Mississauga Food Bank’s website, gather their donations and pack them in Thanksgiving-themed decorated boxes. 

The food bank is following all COVID-19 health and safety protocols to ensure a safe, contactless event for all in attendance. 

The 2021 Thanksgiving 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,” Crombie said earlier, 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.     

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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