Christmas Food and Toy Drives running throughout Mississauga provide local families with means to enjoy the holidays as any other family would, with food, warmth and presents.
Helping a family in need this holiday season can be done in a number of ways – ensure each child’s eyes light up when they unwrap a toy on Christmas morning or provide food to a family who can barely afford to pay rent.
As the weather gets colder, many families also have a hard time affording proper winter gear to keep their themselves and their kids warm.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP – CHRISTMAS FOOD AND TOY DRIVES
1. Mississauga Food Bank staff and volunteers will be out at neighbourhood grocery stores collecting food and cash donations during all of December. Find them at Mississauga’s Metro, Food Basics, Loblaws and No Frills. Click here for a map of locations. Food can also be donated year-round at any Mississauga fire station. To donate to The Mississauga Food Bank online, click here.
You could also donate your time by volunteering as a driver or driver’s assistant, as the The Mississauga Food Bank is currently in need of new helpers. Drivers need a G license and to be comfortable driving a cube van. Assistants go along for the ride, helping unload food at our agencies and picking up food from our donors. To register, click here.
To check for more events that will support the Mississauga Food Bank, click here.
2. Help “Cram the Cruiser” from 9 am – 5 pm on November 28 & 29 at Real Canadian Superstore at Mavis & Dundas and on December 5 and 6 at the Glen Erin Loblaws on 5010 Glen Erin Drive. This campaign is the biggest community food drive for the Food Bank!
3. Donate at this year’s Santa Claus Parade in Streetsville! Volunteers and staff will be walking alongside the Food Bank’s truck to take donations. You can also make a drop-off at Second Cup.
4. The Salvation Army also runs a Christmas campaign each year, relying on volunteers and donations to make happy Christmas memories for people in need. They provide food, toys and warm clothing. Click here to get involved.
5. Bring Food & Toy donations to the North Mississauga Soccer Club until December 16th.
6. Peel Regional Police Toys for Tots campaign kicks off on November 17th. In 2014, the campaign raised over 1.2 million dollars in toys and donations of money. With the assistance of the Salvation Army and Canadian Tire nearly seven thousand children in the Region of Peel experienced the joy of receiving a Christmas gift.
7. Until December 16h, help Blanket the Country in Warmth through Urban Barn. For every $5 collected one fleece blanket will be provided to those in need.
Other Mississauga food banks include:
ISNA Food Bank – Serves over 450 families on the first Saturday of every month.
St. Mary’s Food Bank – Two Mississauga locations, each open 3 days a week, plus St. Joseph Community Kitchen open on Tuesdays.
The Compass Food Market – No-charge voucher system shopping for grocery and household items, open 3 days a week.
The Seva Food Bank – Wolfedale and Malton locations, each open 3 days a week.
Eden Food Bank – Two locations open twice weekly serving Western Mississauga on Unity Drive and Battleford Road
If there are other ways to help the Peel Community this holiday season, share the details with us on the Mississauga Kids Facebook page. Wishing everyone in Mississauga a happy and healthy holiday season.