Blog – Food For All

Meeting for Coffee

On April 3rd the Meadowvale Neighbours’ Café will be celebrating their 3rd anniversary. If you have ever wondered about this organization that meets Mondays between our Battleford Food Bank openings, then check out this video. Learn why when we meet for coffee, it is doing a world of good for all...
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Thank You Maureen!

In the past 5 years, if you’ve called into Eden Food for Change or showed up to the front door at our Unity location, chances are you have met Maureen Sawicki our Office Manager. Maureen is an enthusiastic Eden Food for Change cheerleader who loves serving people, is patient with...
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He Didn’t Know

Joe Sadler ran a successful small business but after all of his careful planning and hard work, it went bankrupt. It was a business that employed 96 people and was profitable after only 13 months. Joe, who had designed the entire business plan, was pleased to see that they were...
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An Eye-Opening Experience

Eden Food for Change offers their co-op students a variation of exposure to valuable work experience. Students like myself, have the opportunity to explore their interests within a non for profit organization. A co-op placement at Eden prepares you for future careers. Working in the Food Bank at Eden was an...
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A Holiday Centrepiece

[caption id=”attachment_3214″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″] The DeCunha Family and Bill Crawford from Eden Food for Change.[/caption] For many who celebrate Christmas, the Christmas dinner centerpiece is the turkey. This Canadian traditional Christmas dinner is often depicted in holiday pictures, movies and stories. However, if you were struggling to put food on...
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A Girl and her Produce Box

This is Katelin Dwyer, a student (now grad) in Sheridan’s Social Service Worker program. It feels like last month that I was being interviewed for Eden Food for Change’s co-op position and now I’m in my final couple days here. I almost can’t believe it, and as extremely happy as...
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Skills For Adulthood

Kevin, a local high school student, joined Chef Peter in his 8-week cooking course this past winter. Before the course began, his mom told him about the program and the next thing he knew they had cutting boards beside each other. Kevin described the classes with his mother as “more...
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Ten Years of Turkeys

For the last ten years, Colin DeCunha has gathered family, friends, neighbours and others in the community to buy turkeys for families needing support from local food banks. This year, Colin purchased 800 turkeys to distribute to the hundreds of people who came to receive the centrepiece for their holiday...
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We are going to miss that laugh

In the midst of our joy over receicing many donations from thanksgiving food drives this week, we had to pause with sadness as we received some more sad news. One of our volunteers, Lydia Brookes-Archibald, passed away in her apartment due to health-related illnesses. Lydia, a young woman in her...
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Let’s Talk About Poverty

Recently, EFFC’s Executive Director Bill Crawford joined a panel for a debate that brought together candidates from various ridings and parties to discuss the issues pertaining to poverty in the Region of Peel. The debate, organized  by Seva Food Bank and Rogers TV, asked candidates about their parties’ stance on...
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A Sad Day

Here at Eden Food for Change we are in mourning. Yesterday morning, Peter Mackenzie, one of our wonderful volunteers passed away after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was only 60 years old.  He leaves his wife Debbie, and his daughters Jordan and Casey, as well as many other family...
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Want some bread?

  The Food Bank at Eden likes to provide fresh food to everyone who walks through our doors. Sometimes these items can be hard to receive. Items such as eggs, milk, meat, fruits and vegetables can’t be dropped off in a bin and they tend to have a shorter shelf...
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Bond Delivers

Carolyn Parrish, Ward 5 Councillor, hosted An Evening with Bond this summer to raise money for local food banks in Mississauga to purchase milk for individuals and families living in poverty. The event featured a 27-piece band, dinner and fireworks for all the attendees to enjoy. However, the most exciting...
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Never Leaving!

[caption id=”attachment_2297″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″] Yujin, the 2015 summer intern at the Food Bank at Eden Food for Change[/caption] My name is Yujin. I’m 17 years old and am finally going into my last year of high school. I have been volunteering at Eden for four years now. At first, I...
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Future Chefs in the Making

[caption id=”attachment_2274″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″] Andrea and Dana, 2015 Kitchen Interns at Eden Food for Change[/caption] During the summer, the Learning Kitchen at Eden Food for Change supplies healthy lunches for the Living Arts Centre’s Artward Bound program.  To help supply the lunches, Eden hires student interns as part of a...
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Guardians of the Galaxy

The Eden Food for Change Youth Council is excited to be hosting its 3rd Annual Movie Night. This year, the team decided that Guardians of the Galaxy would be the feature presentation. The event will take place on Friday, June 26th at 7pm and will once again be held at...
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Indian Cooking with Shailja

How can you help Eden Food for Change? By getting creative – just like Shailja. Shailja has been cooking for decades and sees how there is a growing interest in Indian food in our community. She is also passionate about our organization and how it serves this community. So, she...
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Valuable Advice

This week we received an email. An email that put a smile on our faces and just had to be shared. Many of our food bank members are reluctant to publicly share their stories, so we asked permission and let them know that we could remove their name if they...
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Summoning the Courage

“Change it!” came a firm, confident voice from behind. “Get rid of the name food bank.” A few months ago, during one of our food bank shifts, volunteers were discussing the news that Eden Community Food Bank was changing its name. Some were questioning the need for this, when Sheila’s...
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An Enthusiastic Graduate

“If you learn from someone who has the knowledge, then life becomes easy,” says Briggite, a recent graduate of Eden Community Food Bank’s Basic Cooking Skills, Level 1. The mother of two teenagers talks about how she just became a cooking pro and found cooking consistency after learning from Eden’s...
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A new video

After receiving a tour of Eden’s main facility with his church, Tristan Barrocks of WMF Media Group decided that he wanted to help. He was moved when thinking of how much milk his own toddler consumed and how hard it must be for parents using the food bank to receive...
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What can you do in half an hour?

We live in a busy world. There are lots of tasks that we have to fit into our schedule. However, do you think you could follow this doctor’s prescription for improving your overall health? [su_youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo”]

Vote Now for our New Name

After years of supporting people struggling with hunger through our food bank, we knew we needed to have programs that would support their future as well. So, we added to our food bank program to ensure that long-term skills, tools and education are provided to people in need to help them today...
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Feeling Whole Again

Here is an email sent to one of our volunteers from someone who uses our food bank.   Hi Cathy! It was great, so great, to see you the other day! I came in broken, and left feeling whole again. I’ve told you about my struggles, and you have always...
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A Support Structure

A little about me: Well for those who don’t know me yet, I’m Nana. You’re probably wondering where that name is from. It’s from my Ghanaian home of Africa. We moved here when I was about 7 years of age. However, we are quite happy to call ourselves Mississaugans and...
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It’s Turkey Day!!!

Saturday, December 20th was a cool crisp day, but it was made warm by the bright sunshine and the generous hearts and joyful smiles of volunteers distributing free turkeys to hungry families in Mississauga at a local community centre parking lot. Colin DeCunha, along with his family, friends and neighbours...
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Tears and Cheers for Apples

“Can I order for next week now?” Belinda asked our Fresh Produce Box team one Friday. Her order that week had been phoned in by a friend. She informed us that she doesn’t have access to the internet or a phone, because those are currently luxuries that don’t fit into...
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Making Soup from Scratch

A few years ago Alice* was looking for work and wanted to help out in the community. Someone told her about Eden Community Food Bank and said it would a great place to find advice. First, Alice started to volunteer at the food bank. As people got to know her...
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Money, Money, Money

According to the 2013 CICA Financial Priorities Survey, 50 per cent of respondents admit to worrying about money. As the holiday season is just around the corner, people of all income levels will start to think about money; with many people commenting about how expensive this time of year can...
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Meet Bonnie

When people walk through the door of Eden Community Food Bank they expect to find volunteers and staff who will help them access food. However, there are people here they can meet who can also help them take steps to moving out of poverty. People like Bonnie Kucherawy who is...
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GAMING FOR FOOD

On Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 6pm to midnight, Eden Community Food Bank will hold its 5th annual “A Taste of Eden” at the Portuguese Cultural Centre in Streetsville with all proceeds going to help feed hungry families in western Mississauga. This annual event includes live music provided by the...
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Best Silent Auction Ever!

First and foremost I have to say thank you to everyone who has ever donated items or volunteered their time towards any silent auction. Silent auctions are used by charities and fund raisers to raise money towards a cause.  A Taste of Eden fundraiser by the Eden Food Bank has...
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The Youth Today!

There are lots of things for high school and university students to get involved with, but a few of our local young people have decided to commit some time to helping hungry families in our neighbourhoods by taking part in Eden Community Food Bank’s Youth Council. “It’s good to give back...
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‘A Taste of Eden’ Fundraiser Band

You will have a treat when you hear this fantastic band ‘The Community Soul Project’ at our October 17th fundraiser ‘A Taste of Eden’! The Community Soul Project is Toronto’s Premier Fundraising Band that is comprised of 12 professional and former pro-musicians who want to make a contribution to worthy...
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Community Involvement

It’s all about being part of a community and choosing to participate within that community. Spending time out in the community and interacting with others who are involved with that same community always gives me a fresh perspective with a variety of mindsets, lots of different and unique personalities and...
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A Message From Our President

. For the past four years I have had the pleasure of volunteering at “A Taste of Eden” To say this fundraising event has grown; is an understatement! There is a fabulous mix of gourmet food; lively entertainment; amazing silent auction items and people dedicated to making a difference in...
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Taking the First Step

It was only a few years ago that Ron found himself on the doorstep of Eden Community Food Bank. At the time, a fixed pension did not allow him to purchase quality food and he was suffering from malnutrition. Ron knew he needed help and so did his landlord, who...
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A Smiling Face and a Positive Attitude

“What do you think of Canada?” “It’s quiet.” “It’s quiet?” “No bombs.” This conversation with a family coming to use the food bank for the first time, having just arrived in Canada, is a memorable one for Cathy, a long-time Eden volunteer. Cathy started volunteering with Eden Community Food Bank...
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The Real Community

April 6-12 was National Volunteer Appreciation week. One week to say thanks to people who donate time throughout the year to help local organizations. In 2013, our invaluable volunteers donated more than 22,000 hours of time, essentially the work of 12 full-time staff. They ensure that donated food gets picked...
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Got Milk?

Here’s some random info — the Government of Canada states that the per capita consumption of milk in Canada in 2013 was approximately 75.5 litres/per person/ per year. That works out to almost 1.5 litres a week, which is a little more than one sleeve of milk found in a...
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What Did You Learn at Work Today?

Ever wonder why companies participate in employee volunteer programs? We asked Dale from Mississauga’s Sharp Electronics that very question. Here’s what he had to say about his company’s visit to the Eden Community Learning Kitchen on February 20, 2014. Testimonial from Dale of Mississauga’s Sharp Electronics [gdlr_video url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYiit-Xh5AE#t=23″ ] How...
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