From the Mississauga News:
Eden Food for Change is incredibly grateful to the generous Mississauga community who made this October a memorable one.
This year, the Food Bank at Eden Food for Change (EFFC) received an unprecedented 80,387lbs in food donations in October. This is 25,000lbs more than donations made in October 2014.
“It’s completely overwhelming,” says Donna Behmer, Food Bank Manager at EFFC. Food Banks generally expect to receive their largest donations around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year’s thanksgiving food drives exceeded any expectations that the organization held.
“This October has been amazing,” says Bill Crawford, Executive Director. “The generosity of this community means that we are able to provide food for everyone who comes through our Food Bank doors, as well providing skills and tools so people can provide for themselves tomorrow.”
EFFC also saw a record number of Fresh Produce Boxes ordered. In fact, in the last week of October more than 520 boxes were ordered showing the need for healthy fruits and vegetables at an affordable price is needed in this community.
The organization also held its 6th annual fundraising event A Taste of Eden in October. Tree of Life Canada was the title sponsor for the event that brought in a record $44,000 for all the programs run at EFFC.
October also saw the last month for the organization’s newest project – the weekly Farmers’ Market of Eden which was held at the Lisgar GO station and was a joint production with the bi-weekly Many Feathers’ Market. Eden’s market experience was made considerably easier with the donation of a storage container by BigSteelBox, who provide moving and storage solutions. The market provided the community with access to local growers and food producers.
Eden Food for Change has been serving hungry families in western Mississauga for 25 years. The organization serves people through its two Food Bank locations, Learning Kitchen and its Fresh Produce Box program and has a vision of Good Food For All!
Peel Region residents from Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon represent approximately 4% of Canada’s population (just under 11% of Ontario). The 12 Federal seats in the region feature 3 new ridings and together comprises almost 1.5 million constituents. Battleground Ontario starts in Peel, yet the general media’s election night coverage features mostly national results and perspectives.
Brampton Focus, and Mississauga Connects, both independent grass roots community based organizations realized that the region’s electorate was void of a dedicated riding by riding hyper local coverage of these 12 important federal seats.
“Peel deserves dedicated election coverage of our 12 Federal riding results on election night. We want relevant discussion focused on our local issues with live voting results as they come in. Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon currently have no dedicated TV coverage on election night and we intend to change and improve that”
Donald Mcleod, Co-Founder of Brampton Focus
A team of over 26 professionals and concerned residents are volunteering time, money, television expertise and technology to create a multi-camera TV studio to host a 4 hour live independent election night streaming broadcast. The broadcast will feature multiple political insider guests, interviews from riding halls and candidates, with up-to-the-minute vote results. A legion of on-site volunteer reporters via smart phone technology are integrated live into the broadcast delivering exclusive and engaging local coverage. Accessible and free to residents with an internet connection.
With on-line viewing becoming the future of broadcast, and those who watch conventional broadcasts having a media device open simultaneously, this hyper local interactive coverage by a grass-roots non broadcast voluntary entity is what the future promises to deliver…. today! Watch election night coverage for Peel Region Live at www.PeelPolitics.ca.