Eden Food for Change: Enjoying a Generous October

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!

Veterans Ride MiWay Free on Remembrance Day

Canadian Forces veterans and their companion can ride free on MiWay on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11.

“MiWay honours our Canadian veterans who are our parents, aunts, uncles, children and our heroes,” said Geoff Marinoff, director of transit. “They selflessly put their lives on the line to further freedom throughout the world. On Remembrance Day, we proudly salute our veterans and encourage them to ride with MiWay for free.”

Marinoff asks veterans to wear their uniform and, or, medals and let transit operators know if a companion is travelling with them so they too may ride free.

MiWay buses and operators will pause on November 11 at 11 a.m. for two minutes of silence to recognize Canadian veterans for their sacrifices during wars and peace missions around the world.

Let MiWay take you to the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Mississauga Civic Centre. The ceremony will be held in front of the Community Memorial in the northwest corner of Mississauga Celebration Square. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. on November 11.

Visit miway.ca to plan your trip on MiWay, call 905-615-INFO (4636) or view customized route and schedule information on your smartphone at m.miway.ca

CVC Seeks Nominations for Environmental Awards

When it comes to a healthy environment, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) believes anything is possible with a little help from its friends. To honour local efforts, CVC is seeking nominations for its annual Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards. The awards program recognizes first-time projects and initiatives, as well as those that have extended over multiple years. Consideration is given to all projects that promote a healthy environment.

“For three decades it has been our privilege to honour those who have improved the health and wellbeing of our communities,” said Mike Puddister, CVC’s Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation. “The awards program is our way of recognizing those in the community who stand out for their leadership and environmental contributions.”

The Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards are given annually to people who demonstrate environmental excellence in the watershed. Nominations are open to individuals, landowners, schools, community groups, businesses and youth (25 and under) who have made a significant contribution to the local environment.

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