By Nouman Khalil
MISSISSAUGA — In a bid to put an end to hunger, The Mississauga Food Bank and TD Canada Mosaic Festival are joining hands to help the city’s needy families.
The two will be collection donations for a local food bank during the two-day outdoor TD Mosaic Festival, set for Aug. 16-17 at Mississauga Celebration Square. Opening ceremonies are Friday evening at 6 p.m.
“At least 55,000 people (annually) are dependent on The Mississauga Food Bank,” said Asma Mahmood, co-founder of Mosaic. “That’s a terrible status, we need to get more active supporting food banks to eradicate hunger in our community.”
Cash and food donations will be accepted at Celebration Square and food bank representatives and volunteers will be on-site to answer questions about hunger in the community and how residents can get help or get involved.
Guests are encouraged to bring most-needed items such as peanut butter, canned fish or meat, canned vegetables and canned fruit and other non-perishable products.
The MFB is the central food bank in Mississauga serving some 2.5 million meals each year through network of member agencies. About 51 per cent of the food bank’s clients are children under the age of 18.
“It was a natural partnership between TD Mosaic Festival and The Mississauga Food Bank. We come together in the spirit of the arts, but can support each other as a community as well,” said Mahmood.
Through neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs and breakfast clubs, The Mississauga Food Bank distributes food for more than 209,000 meals each month.
For more information, visit www.themississaugafoodbank.org or www.mosaicfest.com.
By Nouman Khalil