Last holiday season, through the CC&L Foundation, we supported 56 charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada. All of these organizations work hard to make the holidays a little easier for people in need. Support provided by the annual holiday campaign is focused on food banks helping to fight hunger, homeless shelters providing warmth and a roof to those who need it most, empty stocking funds and meal hamper programs.
The organizations that received donations from the foundation were nominated by the firm's employees, including Vice President Richard Pope. As Richard explains, the Mississauga Food Bank, which fights hunger in his home community, is close to his heart: "Nearly 100,000 Mississauga residents live in poverty and the aim of the Mississauga Food Bank is to make sure none of our neighbours go without nutritious food to feed their families." Richard volunteers at the food bank's aquaponic AquaGrow Farm—the first of its kind in Canada. Nestled in the food bank's warehouse, the 800 square foot urban farm grows and distributes thousands of servings of fresh produce and protein each year. Richard asked that the CC&L Foundation support the organization with its annual holiday food drive campaign. He says, "Every single dollar donated equates to two meals, and the support of the CC&L Foundation will provide several thousand meals for families with young children during a special time of year."