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Black History Month | La-Toya Hanchard Volunteer Spotlight

By Jenna Cura
February 10, 2023
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February is Black History Month, and this year’s theme is Black Resistance. To continue learning about and honouring Black Canadians’ contributions and amplifying their voices, we are sharing the stories of some of our volunteers during #BlackHistoryMonth. We are so lucky to count on such a dedicated and compassionate team!

Meet La-Toya Hanchard, Food Sorting Lead Volunteer!

La-Toya started volunteering with us in November 2022. As a longtime Mississauga resident, she has been familiar with The Mississauga Food Bank and our cause.

“I have a large family, and our grocery bill is very high, which causes me to wonder often how others in the community are making ends meet. When I thought of volunteering, this organization was the first I thought of.”

Volunteering makes La-Toya feel like she is a part of something meaningful.

“When I think of how much food we sort and the skids we prepare to go out to our partners, I know a real difference is being made in our community. My family has become more intentional about collecting and donating food too. We have implemented a new initiative where we ask any guest we are entertaining to bring a donation to support our neighbours in need. It has also brought a lot of personal fulfilment.”

La-Toya explains why organizations like The Mississauga Food Bank must continue amplifying Black voices beyond Black History Month.

“I did not grow up seeing myself represented in different spaces. That impacted my beliefs about where I was welcome and what I could do. When the BIPOC community sees that their contributions and voices matter, it will open the door for them to make a greater impact on the community.”

La-Toya, thank you for everything you do for your community!ย 

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