Meghan’s Story

When Meghan applied for a job at The Mississauga Food Bank in 2009, she had been living in Mississauga for 6 years. At the time, she was just looking for a new job.

She didn’t even know there was a food bank in her city, let alone a network of food programs in every neighbourhood and hundreds of food organizations in every community across Canada.

““Working here has changed a lot in me – my politics, my view of people, my misconceptions about people living in poverty.””

Eight years later, Meghan is proud to have helped raise millions of dollars and
millions of pounds of food to help feed her hungry neighbours.

“Working here has changed a lot in me – my politics, my view of people, my misconceptions about people living in poverty. What started out as a job where I could use my skills has developed into a passion for seeing my neighbours be able to meet their basic needs.

I take every opportunity to talk about the food bank because I’m proud of our impact in the community and because it gives me a chance to educate someone who might not know there is a food bank in their city.”

Meghan had worked for a few other causes before she came to the food bank. But the thing that keeps her working as a food banker is that everyone can understand what it means to be hungry. Whether she’s speaking to a group of elementary students or a boardroom of executives, the idea of not having enough to eat is relatable and everyone wants to know what they can do to help.

“I believe that everyone, young and old, from every race and religion, no matter their personal situation, wants to do good and make a difference in their world. They’re just looking for the right way to do it.

And I’m proud to donate to this cause myself and serve as an ambassador to help my neighbours feed their neighbours who are hungry.”

Submitted by The Mississauga Food Bank as a part of the 25 Years of Changing Lives Gallery.

Thank you to Hunger Action Month sponsor, Cargill Canada!

Claire Ward-Beveridge