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Scotts Canada Donates $10,000 to The Mississauga Food Bank to Help Fight Hunger

Posted on 25 February 2016 by admin

Sponsorship will support community and school-based food programs in Mississauga

Scotts Canada is strengthening its relationship with The Mississauga Food Bank with a $10,000 year-long sponsorship. The donation will go towards supporting breakfast clubs at local schools and eliminating hunger in the City of Mississauga. As part of the sponsorship, Scotts Canada employees also contributed a half day of volunteering at the food bank to support the distribution of food across the city.

“Over the past five years we have worked with The Mississauga Food Bank to create a fuller, better city and educate our neighbours on growing healthy food,” said Karen Stephenson, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Stakeholder Relations for Scotts Canada, part of The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company. “As a Mississauga-based company, we strive to support our community members and fight causes – like easing hunger – to improve lives in our community.”

The Mississauga Food Bank provides food for over 183,000 meals each month through its network of member agencies, which include neighbourhood food banks, hot meal programs, breakfast clubs, youth-at-risk drop-in programs, youth and family shelters and emergency food pantries. With 15 per cent of Mississauga residents living in poverty, the agencies offer their services throughout the city.

“Every day, thousands of individuals and families across Mississauga rely on our services,” said Meghan Nicholls, Director of Marketing and Development for The Mississauga Food Bank. “In these harsh economic times, people are struggling to put food on the table, making Scotts Canada’s sponsorship a vital contribution to ensuring that no one goes hungry in our city.”

As a leader in the lawn and garden industry, Scotts Canada strives to take the same leadership role in building strong community partnerships. From 2011-2013, Scotts Canada partnered with The Mississauga Food Bank on its Gro for Good Food Bank Program, in which Scotts Canada donated plant growing kits (tomatoes, lettuce and spinach) to the food bank and their clients. The GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award program also provides communities and non-profit civic organizations with grants of up to $15,000 to develop community gardens, green spaces and pollinator habitats. To date, Scotts Canada has funded 43 community gardens across Canada.

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