Call to Action

#MississaugaChallenge Raises $1.2 Million

By Joanna Winsor
May 27, 2020
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A campaign update for the #MississaugaChallenge

At a press conference earlier today, campaign leads Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount Fine Foods announced that the #MississaugaChallenge which set out to raise $840,000 to support the urgent needs of The Mississauga Food Bank has surpassed it’s second goal and raised over $1.2 million. 

“In record-breaking time with support from the local community, The Mississauga Food Bank will be able to provide food for over 2,000,000 meals to our hungry neighbours. Thank you for your trust and investing in us, to make sure that children, seniors, families, and neighbours in Mississauga have access to healthy and nutritious food,” says Meghan Nicholls, Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank.

Funds raised throughout the #MississaugaChallenge are already being invested into the local community through distributing food for over 500,000 meals, plus allowing us to:

  • Purchase bulk food at discounted pricing 
  • Invest in the purchase of PPE equipment, increased sanitation and cleaning 
  • Adapt from a shopping model to a hamper model with enhanced safety measures 
  • Launch our emergency food bank seeing 40 families daily 
  • Scale our Food Bank 2 Home delivery program from 46 to 448 households 
  • Invest in new partnerships with non-agency members to expand reach 
  • Grant out one-time funds to our network to support unique operational needs 
  • Increase communication with those in poverty

We would like to thank everyone who accepted the challenge and became one of the 3,000+ individuals, 100+ businesses and corporations, and 30+ community, religious groups, non-profits, and foundations who pledged their support. Thank you to those who have made sizeable gifts over $1,000 or fundraised on our behalf for the #MississaugaChallenge that helped us reach over $1,200,000.00.

Agility Logistics
Alectra Utilities
American Eagle Outfitters Canada Corp
Anjuman-E-Fakhri Masjid Complex
ARGO Development Corp
Bearing Capital Partners
Camso Distribution Canada Inc
Canada Fastening Corporation
Canam Group Inc
Central Graphics and Container Group Ltd
Chicago Title Insurance Company Canada
Cristo Rei Parish
Custom Control Panels Inc
D’Orazio Infrastructure Group Limited
Denso Sales Canada
Desjardins Insurance – The Marketing Arm Canada
Echelon General Insurance Company
Edenshaw Managment LTD
Ehrlich Consulting & Sales Group
Erin Mills Town Centre
Erin Park Lexus Toyota
Erindale Village Dental
Fidelity Investments Canada
FMC of Canada Limited
FNF Canada
Fo Guang Shan and Buddha’s Light International Association
Fresh Anointing Ministries of Canada
G4S Secure Solutions
GE Healthcare
Gil Moore
Gilead Sciences Canada Inc
Glenforest Secondary School
Grasshopper Energy
Happy Kidz Canada
Hardt Enterprises Inc
Hunter Douglas Canada LP
Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Church(IRECT)
Invatron Systems Corp
Islamic Propagation Centre
Jaiveer Kang
Jerrahi Sufi Order of Canada
Juno Pharmaceuticals Corp.
KhalisPakwaan Basmati Rice
Lakeview Community Partners
LiUNA Local 183
Marina Commodities
MG Build Inc
MGHL PeeWee B Hurricanes
Mississauga Real Estate Board / Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation
Nabolsy Contracting Inc
Nadeau Foods Inc o/a McDonald’sRestaurant
Nav Bhatia
Nicola Wealth Gives Back
Paramount Holding Group Inc
Peel Paramedics Association
Pervez Akhter
Pirlitor Machine & Tool Ltd
Pratt & Whitney Canada
Premium Uniforms
Rashna Chotai
RBC – Brampton Supply Chain
RBC Royal Bank – County Court
Retired Teachers Ontario – District 39
Rotary Club of Streetsville
Royal Truck and Trailer Sales Ltd
S&A Partners Professional Corp
Saigon Park Mississauga
Sam McDadi
Scotts Canada Ltd
Streetsville Pipes and Drums
Superior Truck & Trailer Repair Services
TD Bank
Tech Mahindra
Tech Mahindra
The Central Group
The Ehrlich Consulting & Sales Group
The Elia Corporation
The Mississauga Firefighters Benevolent Fund
The Peter Gilgan Foundation
The Vietnamese Community in Mississauga
Thermo Fisher Scientific (Patheon) Pharmaceuticals
Think Story Inc.
Toronto and Area Road Builders Association
Toronto MicroElectronics Inc
Town and Country Market
Unica Insurance
Valvano Professional Corporation
VentureX Canada

“We would not have been able to reach our goal without the help of local community groups, businesses, corporations, and individuals who have stepped up to the plate and joined the #MississaugaChallenge. While we all work through these challenging times and the uncertainty that this pandemic has brought among us, this challenge has shown us that Mississauga is a city that truly cares and steps up in times of need,” says Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“When I launched the #MississaugaChallenge with Mayor Bonnie Crombie last month, I wanted to do everything in my power to support The Mississauga Food Bank during this critical time.  Mississauga, you accepted the challenge and you delivered as usual. Not only did we meet our initial goal, but we raised an additional $325,000+ when we realized even more families needed us. That is why I picked this city and country to build a business and a family in – because together like a family, we stand as one and support one another,” says Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount Fine Foods.

We will continue to strategically invest and raise additional funds to respond to both the growing and emerging trends of food insecurity across the region. 

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