Teaching About Local Hunger

Are you looking for ways to engage your students around local community issues? If so, consider teaching about hunger in our neighbourhoods. Did you know that 17% of Peel Region residents live in poverty?

Classroom lessons, field trips and educational resources are all ways to help students have a better understanding of the issues facing local families. Consider engaging your students in a variety of ways: Food Drives, Tours, Toonie Tuesdays, Presentations. If you would like to set something up, please email our Community Engagement Coordinator, at

Food Drive Tour & Sort – Food DonationToonie TuesdayResources
Do a food drive with your class or even with your whole school. Ask students to bring in non-perishable items to donate to hungry families. Talk about what items they could bring and why it is important to help out people in their community. Use this opportunity to explain some of the reasons why people need to use a food bank. If you would like a representative to come and make a presentation to your school or class, please contact to make arrangements.

Bring your class for three hours to tour our warehouse on Unity Drive and food bank and learn about hunger in western Mississauga. Then you will get to sort food for distribution. Essentially you will be checking expiry dates and sorting food into similar groups for easy access for our clients.  This opportunity is available morning or afternoons on Mondays and Wednesdays or in the afternoons on Thursdays.

Toonie Tuesday is our annual school fundraiser, traditionally held on the third Tuesday of November. Although you can hold a Toonie Tuesday event any time of the year – it doesn’t even have to be on a Tuesday.

For 10 years students in western Mississauga have been supporting their neighbours by bringing in a toonie which supplies the food for 4 meals. Give a Toonie, Feed a Family! If you would like to register your school for this event, please email

Why a fundraiser and not a food drive? Food Banks can leverage their place in the community and their connections to make a dollar go a lot further than the average community member. For example, we buy fruits and vegetables at the Ontario Food Terminal, which provides us with a significant savings. In our efforts to provide fresh food, we also spend approximately $1000 a month buying milk to distribute to hungry families.

Download letters for teachers and parents here:  Toonie Tuesday Letters

Checkout this PowerPoint Presentation to use in your classroom:

For other resources and lesson plan suggestions, please check out the Resources tab.

*Please note that if you would like to hold a Toonie Tuesday on another date, this request can be accommodated.

Teachers have asked us for resources to use when teaching about hunger in Mississauga. Below are some of the resources created to support teaching about local poverty.


Here are some resources about Hunger in Canada and the GTA:  Resources about Hunger

Eden Food for Change’s Fact Sheet:  EFFC Info

Lesson Plans for Primary Students: Primary Resources

Lesson Plans for Grades 4-6:  Junior Resources

Lesson Plans for Grades 7-8: Intermediate Resources

Lesson Plans for High Schools: High School Resources