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Streetsville Village Times Article- December 2014 / January 2015

The holiday season is truly a very special time of the year. It is a time when we gather together to celebrate
life with our family and friends and create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. It is a time when we
reflect upon the year that has passed and prepare to welcome the New Year and the fresh new possibilities
that lie ahead. It is also a time when we turn our thoughts and attention to those around us who have fallen on
difficult times and try our very best to help them in any way that we can.
Recent statistics indicate that approximately 14.5% or 109,040 Mississauga residents live in poverty, and last
year alone, 575,789 people were helped by food banks in Ontario, so there are a lot of people who could use
our help this year. Our local food banks have been working hard each and every day of the year to help those
who are less fortunate put food on the table. In fact, the Mississauga Food Bank’s member agencies receive
over 60,000 visits each month, and last year, the Eden Community Food Bank served 2,487 people from 875
households alone.
As you can imagine, during the holiday season, the need for assistance is great, and I know that our local food
banks can certainly use our help this year. The Mississauga Food Bank (MFB) is the central food bank in
Mississauga, serving over 2.5 million meals each year through its network of member agencies. The MFB
serves the community by sourcing and distributing food to its network of member agencies, which includes
neighbourhood food banks, before-school breakfast clubs, shelters, and hot meal programs. There are many
ways that you can help the MFB:
 Organize a food drive at your workplace or school! Visit the MFB’s website at
www.themississaugafoodbank.org to download promotional materials for your food drive and
register your food drive to receive collection barrels or schedule a pick-up.
 Pick up a few extra items next time you’re at the grocery store and drop them off at the MFB’s
warehouse at 3121 Universal Drive; at select grocery stores with collection bins; or at any
Mississauga fire hall. The closest drop-off locations in Streetsville are the Hindu Heritage Centre
Food Pantry at 6300 Mississauga Road; Fire Station 108 at 2267 Britannia Road West; and No Frills
#1395 at 6085 Creditview Road.
 Host a Canstruction Competition! Construct giant structures from canned food, and then donate
the food to the MFB. You can hold a Canstruction competition at your workplace or your school as
a fun way to give back to the community!
If you would like to plan a food drive, organize a Canstruction competition, or pick up some extra items at the
grocery store, the MFB’s most needed items for 2014 are:
 Peanut butter
 Canned fruit

 Canned fish and meat
 Rice, small bags

 Canned vegetables
 Cereal

If you would like to drop off your food donation at the MFB’s warehouse, they are located at 3121 Universal
Drive and open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday, 9am to 12pm. If you would like to make a
monetary donation to the MFB, please visit www.themississaugafoodbank.org/donate-funds. You can also
donate by phone by calling 905-270-5589 or send a cheque to The Mississauga Food Bank, 3121 Universal
Drive Mississauga, ON L4X 2E2.
Another local food bank that serves our community is the Eden Community Food Bank (ECFB). The ECFB is
a non-denominational food bank that was established in 1989. The ECFB assists individuals and families
living in Mississauga in the L5M and L5N postal code areas. The ECFB provides healthy, balanced food
choices that meet cultural and dietary requirements, as well as basic need items, like personal care and
hygiene products. The ECFB also has a Community Learning Kitchen that provides cooking classes for food
bank recipients, with volunteers who prepare nutritious food that is portioned and packaged for distribution
through the food bank. If you are a gardener, you can also grow a row for the ECFB and donate your produce.
The food and item donations may be dropped off at the ECFB’s Battleford center (Monday to Friday from 9am

to 9pm), which is located at 3051 Battleford Road. When you are grocery shopping for your family, consider
purchasing an extra bag of items to help someone in need. Current items needed include:
 Stuffing mixes, mashed potatoes and
cranberry sauce
 Juice cans
 Chunky Soups and Stews
 Fruit cups
 Canned Fruit
 Mr. Noodles
 Lipton Dry soup packages
 Pasta Sauce

 Salmon, canned meats- turkey, chicken and
ham
 Nut Free School Snacks
 Condiments – mustard, ketchup,
Mayonnaise
 Jello, cake mixes, cookie mixes
 Artificial Sweetener
 Glucerna and other sugar free products
 Ensure or Boost – Strawberry, Vanilla
 Laundry Soap

You can also make a financial donation to the ECFB by visiting www.edenfoodbank.org/help or mail a cheque
to The Eden Community Food Bank, 2-3185 Unity Drive, Mississauga, ON L5L 4L5.
To help our local food banks, I am partnering with MP Brad Butt and MPP Bob Delaney to host the Streetsville
Santa Brunch. Join us for a delicious brunch on December 7th, at the Royal Canadian Legion that supports a
great cause, served by your local politicians of course! All proceeds and food collected will support the
Streetsville Food Bank Network. The 2014 Streetsville Santa Brunch details are as follows:
2014 Streetsville Santa Brunch
Sunday, December 7, 2014
8:30am to 11:30am
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 139
101 Church Street, Streetsville
Tickets available at the door for $10
If you and your family are looking to ring in the New Year with some great family fun, bring everyone down to
my annual New Year’s Day Open House & Skate Party, hosted with MP Brad Butt and MPP Bob Delaney, at
the Vic Johnston Community Centre (lobby & arena), 335 Church Street, on Thursday, January 1, 2015,
from 12noon-2pm. Bring your skates and enjoy free ice skating at the Vic Johnston CC with your friends and
family. Don’t miss the free giveaways, great raffle prizes, free ice skating, and fun for everyone! To support
our local food banks, please bring a small donation and/or non-perishable food items. I hope to see you there
and look forward to celebrating with you and your family on January 1st! For more information about this
special community event, please call my office at 905-896-5011.
Please note that City of Mississauga offices will be closed at noon on Wednesday, December 24, 2014
to Thursday, January 1, 2015 (inclusive) and will reopen on Friday, January 2, 2015. For a full listing of
the City's services and hours of operation during the holiday closure period, please visit www.mississauga.ca.
On behalf of myself and my staff, Anita Solomon and Kim Duarte, I would like to extend our very best wishes to
you and your family for a very Merry Christmas, great holiday season, and a happy, prosperous 2015! I look
forward to serving you and your family in the New Year! As always, if you need any assistance on this or any
other municipal matter, please don’t hesitate to call my office at 905-896-5011, or e-mail at
george.carlson@mississauga.ca.