Your Food And Fund Drive – Your choice
Consider hosting a food and fund drive for us. If you are hosting a gathering of any kind, you can ask people to bring a non-perishable item to add to your donation or they can bring money. Remember, every twoonie helps us buy the food for 4 meals. It’s easy and incredibly impactful for hungry families in our community. Wondering what you can do? Check out these ideas.
Join in now. For more information, please email our Community Engagement Coordinator Christina Philips.
Hunger Awareness Breakfast
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
In May and June we run our Hunger Awareness Campaign where we ask local businesses and organizations to plan fundraisers and fresh food drives in support of Eden Food for Change. Our goal is to see 50 community activities to raise awareness about hunger in our community. Our hope is to see 10,000lbs of fresh food and $20,000 raised.
The kick-off to this campaign is with our Hunger Awareness breakfast. Join us along with local community leaders on Tuesday, May 2nd. For more information, please email Christina@edenffc.org Christina Philips.
RAH – Riders Against Hunger
Saturday, August 19, 2017
This motorcycle charity ride takes place every August. Participating riders sign up and recruit pledges that are then used to support Eden. This poker-style ride is approximately 3-4 hours and gives riders a scenic view of western Mississauga.
Volunteers are needed the day of to help register participants, facilitate at check-in stops and to help with the celebration lunch after. If you would like to be a committee member, please note that there will be meetings throughout the year.
To participate, please check out the Riders Against Hunger website.
A Taste of Eden
Friday, October 27, 2017
Every October people gather at the A Taste of Eden event for an evening of dinner, dancing to a live band, casino games and to participate in a silent auction. A great night for a great cause.
Event day volunteers are required to help set up the silent auction, set up the event and clean up afterwards. Committee members must be able to commit to meetings that will be held throughout the year.
Plan Your Own Event
Consider planning your own fundraiser or event to support Eden Food for Change. There are a variety of opportunities for you to engage your friends, family and the rest of your community with information about hunger in western Mississauga.
People have raised food and funds for Eden with their birthday parties, neighbourhood events and at their office. The best way to do this is to set a clear goal and let people know. Ask them to participate by bring food or giving a donation.
Most food drives consist of non-perishable food items. When collecting, please check best before dates and only donate food that you would eat yourself. Have a collection box that is clearly marked so people know where to drop off their donations. Eden does collect donations of fresh produce, but please remember that this can only be done if collection and drop-off are done in a timely manner to maintain freshness. If you plan to collect more than 300 lbs you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-arrange for a pick-up. If you are collecting less than 300 lbs you can drop off your donations at our warehouse at:
2-3185 Unity Drive
Mississauga, ON L5L 4L5
Eden Food for Change accepts cash, cheque, and credit card (VISA & MasterCard) donations. Charitable donation receipts can be issued for donations of $10 or more provided that a donation form is included; donation forms (please request one) must be completed in full for cash and credit card donations. NOTE: Cheques do not require a donation card if complete and current address information is printed on the cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Eden Food for Change.
Funds: If not included with your food donations, financial contributions should be mailed or dropped off to:
2-3185 Unity Drive
Mississauga, ON L5L 4L5
Your group or organization can issue a cheque to cover donations (include donor names and donation amounts to ensure tax receipt accuracy). Keep a record of your financial donations and be sure to include them.
$5 Birthday Party
The birthday party with a twist.
Here’s how it works – Each child attending the party comes with three things: $5, some more money and non-perishable food items to be donated to our food bank. The $5 is given to the birthday boy/girl, who then gets to combine all the money and buy whatever they like. The other money and the food items are then donated to the food bank to help feed hungry families.
If you would like to host a $5 party, feel free to download and use one of these invitations:
Ten Reasons To Make Your Next Birthday Party A $5 Food Bank Party
- Hungry people in our area will be fed!
- No pressure for parents to buy “expensive birthday gifts”.
- No shopping time required for your next birthday party.
- The toys purchased add to the excess, already out of control amount of toys our kids already have.
- The majority of birthday gifts end up on the playroom floor and are often forgotten about a week later. With this idea, the birthday child gets one gift that s/he really wants.
- It’s an opportunity to teach our kids to think beyond themselves and about others.
- It empowers our kids to know they can use their influence for good.
- Donations of money benefit the food bank the most, as the food bank’s buying power is much greater than our own.
- Delivering the money and food to the food bank makes a good field trip and learning experience for the birthday child.
- It gives the party a lasting purpose and significance.
A story from a family: Our 9 year old recently celebrated her birthday and hosted a $5 party. She was thrilled to be able to purchase a group gift from her $5 donations; she bought a new scooter! But even more than her new scooter, she was thrilled that she could actually make a difference for another local family in need. Visiting the food bank first hand has sparked something incredible in her heart. Our daughter has clearly realized that her influence has helped others in need. Last week we learned that another $5 food bank party is being planned by a girl who attended our daughter’s $5 party. The idea seems to have traction and is spreading.