When neighbours are hungry, neighbourhoods come together.

MPG Post Articles :: When neighbours are hungry, neighbourhoods come together.
February 23, 2022
Community Outreach

As a funeral and cemetery provider, we understand how devastating the pandemic has been on GTA communities. We see firsthand when our neighbours are struggling, and the last two years have made that clearer than ever. “Food insecurity,” a term used to describe a family or individual’s inability to rely on where their next meals will come from, has become a critical challenge across our communities. In 2021 we committed to giving back to fight this hidden crisis, and we’re proud to continue that contribution in 2022.

Many food banks have seen the need for their services double, triple or even quadruple during the pandemic. Meanwhile, they are also dealing with additional challenges like fewer volunteers, complexities associated with social distancing and increased costs for PPE and other protective equipment. These issues remain just as pressing as they were in 2021, so for a second year in a row we’re donating $270,000 to local food banks. Thirty-six food banks will receive $7,500 each to help them meet the need for their services in their local communities – the full list of organizations is available at the bottom of this page.

One such example is Weston Area Emergency Support, which saw an average of 660 visits each month prior to the pandemic. By March of 2021, they were averaging more than 2,200 and that upward trend has continued into 2022. Not only has there been an increase in visits, but the demographics accessing food have also evolved. Prior to COVID about 49% of the households supported were single individuals. That demographic now represents about 35% while families, many multigenerational, are now the biggest household type, and the percentage of seniors seeking support has doubled from 8% to 16%.

Wherever possible, donations will be hand delivered safely to food banks by staff from the local Mount Pleasant Group cemetery or funeral home. At the end of the day, we believe that neighbours don’t let neighbours go hungry. We are proud to contribute to such remarkable organizations in our community, and humbled by the dedication of their staff.

“COVID brought massive challenges to our community and our food bank. And while we’re all tired of the pandemic, the increased need we are seeing at the Weston Area Emergency Support food bank is not going away. We are grateful for the support of Mount Pleasant Group and of our community, which continues to provide invaluable support to our food bank.”

– Diana Stapleton, Chair Weston Area Emergency Support

Find a food bank near you: feedontario.ca/about-us/find-a-food-bank/#map

Salvation Army Food Bank Oshawa 45 King St. E, Oshawa, ON L1H 1B2
Feed the Need 371A Marwood Drive, Oshawa, ON L1H 7P8
Salvation Army Food Bank Ajax 122 Hunt St., Ajax, ON  L1S 1P5
St. Paul’s On-The-Hill Food Bank 1537 Pickering Pkwy, Pickering, ON L1V 6W8
Aurora Food Pantry 350 Industrial Pkwy, S., Aurora, ON L4G 3V7
Newmarket Food Pantry 1251 Gorham Rd. Unit 8, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8Y6
Richmond Hill Food Pantry 55 Newkirk Rd., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3G4
(All Nations International Development Agency)
4401 Steeles Avenue West, Toronto, ON M3N 2S4
The Vaughan Food Bank 5732 Hwy#7 Unit 3 & 4, Woodbridge, ON L4L 3A2
Humanity First Canada 600 Bowes Rd., Concord, ON L4K 4A3
SEVA Food Bank Malton 2832 Slough St., Mississauga, ON L4T 1G3
Knights Table of Peel 287 Glidden Rd Unit 4, Brampton, ON L6W 1H9
St. Mary’s Food Bank 6341 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, ON L5N 1A5
St. James Food Basket 400 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Toronto, ON   M9B 2A8
SEVA Food Bank Wolfdale 2832 Slough St., Mississauga, ON L4T 1G3
The Mississauga Food Bank 3121 Universal Drive, Mississauga ON, L4X 2E2
Churches on the Hill Food Bank 230 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M4V 1R5
Salvation Army Bloor Central Food Bank 789 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto, ON M6H 2X4
Thorncliffe Food Bank 1 Leaside Pk Drive Unit 5B, Toronto, ON, M4H 1R1
Fort York Food Bank 380 College Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S6
Allan Gardens Food Bank 353 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2S3
St. Ann Food Bank 120 First Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 1X1
Malvern Food Bank 4548 Sheppard Ave E., Scarborough, ON M1S 1V2
Kennedy Eglinton Food Bank 157 Byng Avenue, Scarborough, ON M1L 3P3
Warden Avenue Food Bank 20 Gilder Drive, Scarborough, ON M1K 5E1
Weston Area Emergency Support 1 King St, Weston, ON M9N 1K8
The Stop P.O. Box 69, Stn. E., Toronto, ON, M6H 4E1
Parkdale Community Food Bank 1499 Queen Street West, Toronto ON, M6R 1A3
Salvation Army – Yorkminster Citadel 1 Lord Seaton Rd., Toronto ON M2P 2C1
Salvation Army North Toronto Community Church 42 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON M4P 1A6
Salvation Army – North York Temple 25 Centre Ave N., North York ON, M2M 2L4
Community Share 33 Overland Dr., North York, ON M3C 2C3
Flemingdon Food Bank 10 Gateway Blvd, North York, ON M3C 3A1
Lawrence Heights,
North York Harvest Community Food Space
116 Industry St., North York ON M6M 4L8
Bathurst-Finch Community Food Bank 116 Industry St., North York ON M6M 4L8
Society For The Living Food Bank 274 Eddystone Ave, North York  M3N 1H7