How Can I Help?
We rely on monetary donations to keep a roof over our head and to buy food when we run out of items. Through our contacts with food suppliers, we can usually purchase food at a lower price than an individual who buys food at a retail store.
You can donate on-line through either canadahelps.org, or PayPal, by clicking on one of the following links. All information entered is strictly confidential, and secure.
CanadaHelps.org makes giving simple. Within minutes of making a donation, you will receive an electronic tax receipt mailed to the email address you provided in the donation process. You can save and print this receipt at any time to use for income tax purposes.
PayPal users may prefer to donate by using their PayPal account:
Cash or Cheque
We are a charitable corporation and people donating $10 or more will receive a tax receipt. Please make your donation payable to "Eden Community Food Bank". You can either drop your donation off at our Battleford Client center located in the basement of Eden United Church, or drop your donation off or mail it to:
Eden Community Food Bank
2-3185 Unity Drive
Mississauga, Ontario L5L 4L5
Special Gifts: If you are interested in making a food/cash donation to the Eden Community Food Bank in lieu of a birthday gift or to mark a special occasion or in memoriam, we would be pleased to send a card to the recipient to recognize your gift.
Most of our donations are in the form of food. We rely heavily on food donations to provide nutritionally balanced meals to our clients. When you are shopping for yourself, consider purchasing an extra bag to help someone in need. Current items needed will be listed on the home page of our website. Our Battleford client center is open to accept food donations Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm. You will see the drop-off hampers as soon as you enter the church facility. If you need assistance, please phone or e-mail us in advance.
Volunteer Your Time & Talent
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of our organization from food distribution, organizing food drives, fund raising, answering phones, and thanking our donors. There's lots of fun and camaraderie to be had while donating your time and energy in a charity that is truly helping to make a difference. You can work on an activity yourself, or involve the whole family.
We have opportunities for students who live in the postal code L5K, L5L, L5M or L5N to complete their community service hours. (if you reside in another postal code, please follow this link to find out which food bank is in your area). A good start is to come to our Student Volunteer Night) to volunteer for 2½ hours and to learn about our other volunteer opportunities. All Student Volunteer Nights during this school year are booked. Our program will resume on Sept 17, 2013. Please book your spot by email. We also provide supervision and direction to young offenders in a working partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society and Associated Youth Services of Peel.
Where are Volunteers most needed? There is a volunteer job available for just about anyone who would like to help. All you have to do is pick an area of interest. If you can volunteer some time, please contact any of the staff. The major areas of need for volunteers are the following:
Operations: Persons who can commit to help once every week for 4 hours. There are six shift openings to choose from: Monday morning, Monday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday early evening, Thursday morning and Thursday evening.
We need helpers for:
- Strong people to carry food into and help clients carry groceries out of the Food Bank
- Serving clients
- Sorting and Packing food (repackage into smaller quantities)
- Drivers: to pick up food from local businesses who have donated food
- Phoning help – phoning through a list of supporters to verify information, extend an invitation, confirm attendance to an event, etc.
- Drivers: pick up or drop off fundraising tools, certificates of appreciation, etc.
- Graphics skills? Help with displays, banners, event promotion materials
- Computer desk - entering client data and food collection activity into the computer
- Co-ordinators: to direct volunteers who are sorting and packing food.
- Food shoppers
- Advocates: to help clients with advice & information that might reduce their reliance on the food bank.
- Volunteers to obtain "donations in kind". (Used equipment, donations of food etc.).
- Writing letters: Volunteers need access to a computer with Windows and have the ability to write different types of letters to different types of organizations requesting their participation or a donation.
- Seeking donations: This can be monetary, prizes for special events or services such as photocopying.
- Run a food drive. You can select a theme. Eg. Bring any type of item appropriate for babies. (Formula, baby food, baby cereal, diapers etc.)
- Sponsor the Food Bank at your next fund-raiser. Charge admittance to a sports activity; play you are holding or other special event, have a bake sale or a "garage sale" and donate some of your proceeds.
- For some corporate fund-raising ideas, please follow this link.