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“No man, woman or child should have to go hungry while stores, restaurants and other food suppliers are tossing good food into our landfills.” George Bagaco,

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1 “No man, woman or child should have to go hungry while stores, restaurants and other food suppliers are tossing good food into our landfills.” George Bagaco, Founder

2 Our Mission Every day we bring fresh nutritious food that might otherwise not be used from food producing organizations to hungry people in Halton to help them eat and live better.

3 The Situation in Halton Region 7.1% of residents are living below the poverty line –Mothers on assistance, low-income seniors, recent immigrants 8.5% of residents reported some level of food insecurity –A very basic healthy diet for a family of 4 costs $133 per week (Halton Region Health Department) Poverty trends are deepening because of the gap between cost of living and government support

4 Food Banks in Halton There are 9 food banks in Halton, serving 10,000 families in a population of 350,000 25% of food banks report a declining ability to provide sufficient food for their clients (Ontario Association of Food Banks)

5 Food For Life: Our story Founded in 1995 Executive Director, full-time driver, delivery vehicle 350,000 pounds of food delivered annually with a retail value of $850,000 Regular deliveries to over 40 social service agencies in Halton and Hamilton Initiated unique outreach program to 25 high need areas around Halton

6 Food for Life: Our Vision OPERATING: –increase number of food suppliers –grow volume and mix of food distributed –enhance contact with community agencies –add new outreach programs –continue leadership role in collaborative food recovery projects CAPITAL: –new vehicle for expanded services –add refrigerated storage to provide a better nutritional mix of foods to clients.

7 New Developments Food for Life led a feasibility study to analyze the benefits of a collaborative approach to food collection & re- distribution (October 2007) Feasibility Study indicated benefit to community would be significant, but leadership required Food for Life developed the plan for ReFresh Foods, a Halton-wide collaboration of front line social service agencies (April 2008) Start up grants from Trillium Foundation, Sprott Foundation and Halton Region have resulted in two full- time staff and a new, refrigerated, hybrid delivery vehicle (November 2008)

8 Food for Life: Investment ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS: Food for Life : $118,000 ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS: ReFresh Foods : $231,000 CAPITAL PROJECTS ( ): $150,000 Additional vehicle Refrigeration for warehousing

9 Our Commitment, Your Support Food for Life is committed to help those persons in need in Halton Region by delivering fresh, nutritious foods for their health and well-being Your support will mean a healthier, happier and supportive community


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