Seva Food Bank Launches New Programs

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For Immediate Release

Seva Food Bank Launches New Programs to Address Community Needs

MentalWellnessPosterMississauga, ON (April 29, 2014) – The Seva Food Bank is launching several new community programs in May. Programs will range from free legal clinics, massage therapy sessions, art workshops, an afterschool homework club, an all-women’s support group (Shaheli Group), dance classes and a jogging club.  All programs are free of charge and are open to both clients and the community at large.

One of the new Seva initiatives is a monthly Medical Corner. Dr. Kulvinder Gill, a local physician, Seva Board Member and Chair of the Client Programming committee, hopes the program will empower individuals through health education and awareness. “Seva is partnering with several medical professionals and non-profit organizations within the community to address prevention, screening and management of chronic health conditions.” said Dr. Gill.  Seva plans to have open discussions on cancer screening, mental health, diabetes, prenatal care, food allergies, heart disease, dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices to start.

The first forum will focus on mental health and wellness.  Komal Bassi, a volunteer at Seva and a RN with the Canadian Mental Health Association Peel, said “1 in 5 people, or approximately 260,000 of Peel residents, have or will experience a mental health issue sometime in their life. Sadly, almost a third of these individuals will not seek help or treatment for their concerns. This may be due to negative perceptions surrounding discourse about mental health in our society. With this open forum, we hope to reduce some of that stigma, discuss ways to improve our everyday wellbeing and examine mental health supports available within our community.”

Seva Food Bank opened its doors to the Malton community in February. It also operates another facility on Wolfedale Road. The Seva Food Bank serves approximately 12,000 individuals a month out of its Malton and Wolfedale locations. It helps to distribute nearly 40% of all food among The Mississauga Food Bank Network.

“Seva’s mission has always been to fight to end hunger in our community.” said Dr. Gill “However, hunger never exists in isolation. Along with working to fight hunger and poverty, we hope to empower our clients and work towards improving their lives and overall wellbeing.”

The Mental Health and Wellness forum will be held on Sunday, May 11, 2014, from 2-4 pm at the Malton Food Bank (2832 Slough Street) and is open to all free of charge. It will include group workshops on art therapy, yoga and mindfulness. You can pre-register by calling 905-671-9384 or by emailing programs@sevafoodbank.com. To learn more about Seva Food Bank’s new programs, you can visit www.sevafoodbank.com.

The Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to low-income families living in Mississauga’s L5B, L5C, L4V, L5S, L4T, L5T, and L5P postal codes through their Wolfedale Road and Slough Street, Malton locations. It is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered charitable not-for-profit organization.

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Media Contact:
Dr. Kulvinder K. Gill
Sikhs Serving Canada
kulvinder@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

 

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Seva Food Bank Launches Farming Initiative

Seva Food Bank Launches Farming Initiative

Seva Farm

Mississauga, ON (April 22, 2014) – The Seva Food Bank is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative with KarmaGrow. Starting with a one-acre pilot project, the Seva Farm will cultivate and harvest a farm in Caledon East to help to provide food bank clients with a sustainable source of fresh produce.

KarmaGrow’s co-founder, Jaskaran Singh Sandhu, started with a simple idea. ”Food banks are often short of fresh vegetables, land is often underutilized, people are always looking for ways to give back – KarmaGrow is here to bring all these elements together in order to ‘Harvest Good’. I have been amazed at the community’s willingness to help. The team at Seva Food Bank been fantastic in providing additional logistics, capacity, volunteers and community support to get this project off the ground. We have every reason to believe our pilot year will be a great success.”

The long-term vision is to create a sustainable community farm to make fresh produce readily available to those in need through various community organizations. The collaborative project is in partnership with the World Sikh Organization, Khoobsurat Klothing, GG Fabrication, Good Food Brampton, Region of Peel, Ecosource and Knights Table.

(L to R) Gurpreet S. Somal, Jaskaran S. Sandhu, Gursharn K. Gill, Kulvinder K. Gill

(L to R) Gurpreet S. Somal, Jaskaran S. Sandhu, Gursharn K. Gill, Kulvinder K. Gill

“This farming initiative is entirely volunteer and community driven.” said Seva Board Member, Dr. Kulvinder Kaur Gill. “This summer, we hope to cultivate as many as 16 crops.  Donations will go a long way in helping us achieve our vision. A $50 donation will allow us to plant a row of corn to feed thousands of clients for a week.”

The community farm will also be an intergenerational volunteer initiative. Youth will be partnered with seniors and learn from the experiences and expertise of their elders. All volunteers will attend a half-day training workshop provided by Ecosource. “No prior farming or gardening experience is required. You just need to have the passion to help. We will work to provide you with the tools and training needed to help turn your passion into positive action.” said Dr. Gill.

Launched in 2010, the Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to low-income families living in Mississauga through their Wolfedale Road and Slough Street (Malton) locations. It is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered charitable not-for-profit organization.

To support this initiative by volunteering or by making a donation please visit: www.sevafoodbank.com. To learn more about KarmaGrow, visit www.karmagrow.org.

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Media Contact:
Dr. Kulvinder K. Gill
Sikhs Serving Canada
kulvinder@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

 

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Seva Launches New Client Programs!

We’re launching a ton of new programs over the next few weeks. Email programs@sevafoodbank.com for more information.

Medical Corner:  a monthly open medical forum with the aim of empowering clients and the community at large through health education and awareness.  The aim is to address prevention, screening and management of chronic health conditions through partnerships with medical professionals and other non-profit organizations within the community.

Mental Health & Wellness: May 11, 2014
Diabetes:  June 14, 2014
Heart Disease: TBA
Food Allergies: TBA
Dental Hygiene: TBA
Cancer Screening: TBA
Healthy Lifestyle Choices: TBA
Prenatal Care: TBA

Home Work Club (Malton):  an after school drop-in program every Mondays 4:00-8:00pm and Tuesdays 3:30-6:00pm.  A safe space to come do your homework after school and get help in subjects such as French, English, Math and Science for Grades 1-12.  A healthy snack is provided.

Legal Clinic (Malton):  first Thursday of every month from 2:00-3:35pm.  Lawyers and community legal workers provide free legal advice on the following matters: Ontario Works, ODSP, CPP, Workplace Safety, Landlord & Tenant/Subsidized housing and Immigration.

Saheli Group (Malton):  awomen’s support group beginning May 3rd from 1:00-3:00pm.  The group will meet once monthly.  It is open to women of all ages and backgrounds.  Saheli Group aims to foster a supportive network of women for women.  It will be a safe place for women to connect with other women within their community and share their personal stories while learning from the experience of others.  Women will also have the opportunity to learn new crafts and skills (knitting, quilting, etc.) over refreshments.

Dance Classes (Malton):  free dance classes open to everyone are offered once monthly on Saturdays from 11:30am-1:00pm.  Empower yourself through the art of dance: learn Bhangra, Giddha and Contemporary Dance from the Toronto Allstar Girls Team (TAG Bhangra).

Creative Self Expression Workshops (Malton): twice monthly on Thursday sand Saturdays from 3:30-5:00pm. A great space to work with your hands, get creative and create your own personal masterpiece.

Massage Therapy (Malton & Wolfedale):  once monthly on Thursdays from 2:00-6:00pm at Malton and once monthly on Sundays from 9:00-11:30am at Wolfedale.  Thirty minute appointments are available for free relaxation and therapeutic massages offered by Registered Massage Therapists.

Jogs with Nima (Wolfedale):  a jogging club beginning Sunday, May 18th from 10:00-11:00am.  It will be offered every other Sunday (twice a month), weather permitting, and is open to all ages.  It’s a great way to meet new people and get active!

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Seva is Hiring! Volunteer and Staff Engagement Coordinator

Job Description For Volunteer and Staff Engagement Coordinator

Introduction:
The Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to low- income families in Mississauga through our Wolfedale Rd and Malton locations. An initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization, our mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the well being of all) and seva (selfless service). We serve clients and welcome volunteers from all faiths, backgrounds, and cultures.

Job Overview:
This Volunteer and Staff Engagement Coordinator’s key objective will be to create meaningful and engaging experiences for the individuals who choose to dedicate their time and services to the Seva Food Bank.

Key Responsibilities:

a) Volunteer Engagement (80%)

  • Design and coordination of the entire volunteer cycle (including needs assessment, recruitment, screening, orientation, placement, training, recognition and evaluation).
  • Develop an annual recruitment plan to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Identify and pursue potential volunteer recruitment opportunities within the local community, including in diverse communities.
  • Supervise volunteers during client shifts as per staff schedule.
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment for fundraising events.
  • Lead the development and delivery of volunteer training materials.
  • Develop system to retain volunteer records (profiles, scheduling and recording hours)
  • Help ensure volunteer records are up-to-date and accurate through data entry or by training others in data entry (while adhering to confidentiality and privacy policies)
  • Lead the planning of a volunteer appreciation program to meet the various recognition preferences identified by volunteers.
  • Develop relationships with local organizations (schools, youth groups, corporate groups, seniors groups) to expand support base for the Seva Food Bank (including volunteer partnerships)
  • Work in compliance with the provisions of The Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations as well as all other applicable legislation (including Human Rights Code).
    • Liaise with other Coordinators and all Managers on the scheduling of volunteers.
    • Plans, arranges and presides over monthly Volunteer meetings.
    • Produces and edits Volunteer newsletter.
    • Other related duties as assigned by Supervisor.

b) Staff Engagement (20%)

  • Support Executive Director to coordinate the full Human Resources cycle – recruitment, selection, compensation and benefits, orientation, management of personnel files, training and development, policies and procedures, legislative compliance and employee relations.

Hours and Location:

  • 40 hours a week including weeknights and weekends
  • Based out of Malton location but frequent travel between Wolfedale and Malton locations and across Peel Region

Compensation:

  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Competitive benefits program
  • 2 weeks vacation (and Christmas to New Years break)
  • Staff development opportunities

Qualifications:

  • Strong sense of commitment to SFB’s mission and values.
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in volunteer management and human resources
  • Post secondary education in a related field (preferably Volunteer Program Management or Human Resources)
  • Ability to develop and maintain new and existing relationships with volunteers, staff and corporate partners through oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with groups and delivering presentations
  • General office and management skills including computer skills, people skills, planning and organizing aptitude, and leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience exercising good judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment on various tasks simultaneously
  • A Criminal Records Check is required
  • Must hold a valid Ontario driver’s license with a clean driving record and have access to a vehicle.
  • Additional spoken languages an asset, especially Punjabi, Arabic, and Spanish.

Reports to:

  • Executive Director

How to Apply:

  • Please submit the following by Friday April 18th to hr@sevafoodbank.com:
    1. Cover letter answering these questions:
      1. What excites you most about volunteer management?
      2. Why do you want to work at a Food Bank?
    2. Resume
    3. 3 references

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those to be invited for an interview will be contacted.  Sikhs Serving Canada Association of Canada is an equal opportunity employer.  We believe in building an inclusive, accessible and barrier-free workplace – that supports all employees to reach their full potential.  We encourage all those who qualify for this position to apply.

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Open House in Malton on February 1st!

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Seva Food Bank Holds Open House In Malton On February 1st

Mississauga, ON (January 28, 2014) – The Seva Food Bank is holding an Open House at its new Malton location. It is a chance for members of the community to tour the facility and learn about what services will be offered. It is also an opportunity for clients to pre-register and for potential volunteers to learn about how to get involved. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Community Open House
Saturday February 1st (10 am to 3 pm)
Seva Food Bank – Malton
2832 Slough St., Mississauga, ON

“We initially launched a food hamper program on December 16th to meet the urgent food security needs of the Malton community” said Executive Director, Daven Seebarran. “Simultaneously, we’ve been working to get the facility ready to operate as a fully functioning food bank. We’re delighted to announce that as of Monday February 3rd, the Malton location will be able to provide 7 to 10 days of food each month to local families in need.”

The Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally-appropriate food to low-income families living in 7 postal codes across Mississauga operating from its two facilities on Wolfedale Rd and Slough St. An initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered charitable not-for-profit organization, our mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the wellbeing of all) and seva (selfless service).

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Media Contact:
Kulvir Singh Gill
Sikhs Serving Canada
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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We’re Hiring! (Warehouse Coordinator and Client Services Coordinator)

Warehouse Coordinator Posting Closes Friday January 10

Click here to download PDF: Warehouse Coordinator Posting

Client Services Coordinator Posting Closes Friday January 17

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Seva Food Bank Hiring Warehouse Coordinator

Introduction:
The Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally-appropriate food to low- income families living in Mississauga’s L5B and L5C postal codes. An initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit charitable organization, our mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the well being of all) and seva (selfless service). Since opening our doors in September 2010, we have had the privilege of serving more than 500,000lbs of food to over 900 families in need. Seva Food Bank is looking to hire a new part-time Warehouse Coordinator.

Job Overview:
This individual will have responsibility for warehouse coordination at Seva Food Bank- Wolfedale and Malton. This includes food procurement, delivery, sorting, storage, and distribution.

Key Responsibilities:
● Oversight of warehouse operations
● Coordinate food delivery with external stakeholders.
● Supervise and train volunteers for logistics and food distribution.
● Receive food deliveries and donations to the food bank.
● Coordinate all aspects of our food procurement strategy including new initiatives to generate food donations.
● Serve as primary contact for The Mississauga Food Bank network and other organizations for food intake. Prepare weekly food order from TMFB.
● Closely monitor expenditures and maintain budgetary guidelines for expenses e.g.utilities, supplies, purchases, etc.
● Work with external pest control company to ensure compliance with health policies.
● May be designated other compatible duties as assigned.
● Transfer products between Malton and Wolfedale sites

Hours:
● 20 hours a week including evenings and weekends

Required Qualifications:
● Strong sense of commitment to SFB’s mission and values.
● Experience in logistics and warehouse management.
● Prior supervisory experience.
● General office and management skills including computer skills, people skills, planning and organizing aptitude, and leadership.
● Must be able to lift 50lbs.
● Must hold a valid Ontario driver’s license with a clean driving record and have access to a vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Prior experience with non-profit social services agencies.
● Prior experience working with vulnerable communities.
● Experience in volunteer management and engagement.
● Additional spoken languages an asset, especially Punjabi, Arabic, and Spanish.
● Food Handlers Certificate and CPR training an asset.

Reports to:
● Executive Director

Please forward a cover letter and resume with references by Friday January 10th, 2014 to daven@sevafoodbank.com. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those to be invited for an interview will be contacted.

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Seva Food Bank Opens Its Doors To Malton Community In Time For Holidays

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Seva Food Bank Opens Its Doors To Malton Community In Time For Holidays 

Mississauga, ON (December 17, 2013) – The Seva Food Bank began serving the Malton community yesterday from their 8,000 square foot new facility.  For those living in the L4V, L5S, L4T, L5T, L5P postal codes of Malton, Seva Food Bank – Malton will become their local neighbourhood food bank.

“We’re still a very young and growing organization,” commented Seva’s Executive Director Daven Seebarren. “Expanding to a second location is a major step for us. However, the tremendous support we’ve received to date from our volunteers and donors gave us the confidence we needed to take on this challenge.”

Clients can visit Seva Food Bank – Malton, located at 2832 Slough St, on Mondays from 4–9 pm, Tuesdays from 10 am – 2 pm and Thursdays from 2-6 pm. Initially, emergency food hampers are being distributed to families in need but the organization will be ramping up their operations in the new year. By February, clients can expect to receive 7-10 days’ worth of food each month. Other support services will also be introduced over the coming months.

“We are honoured and blessed to expand into Malton,” said Board Vice-Chair, Amarpreet Kaur Ahluwalia. “While continuing to focus on food security, our new facility will also serve as a hub connecting us with community partners to address the issues of poverty reduction and economic renewal.”

Seva Food Bank will also continue to operate its existing Wolfedale Road location. Both facilities are part of the Mississauga Food Bank’s extensive network of over 60 agencies addressing food security in the city.  “The Seva team has stepped in to meet a great need in the Malton community,” said Chris Hatch, Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “The staff, board and volunteers at Seva are great colleagues working with us to best serve our community.”

The Seva Food Bank is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization whose mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (wellbeing for all) and seva (selfless service). Our existing location on Wolfedale Road services up to 400 families each month, distributing over 25,000 pounds of food.

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Media Contact:
Kulvir Singh Gill
Sikhs Serving Canada
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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CJMR 1320AM Radio Hosts Raise $100,000 and 50,000 Pounds of Food For Seva Food Bank

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CJMR 1320AM Radio Hosts Raise $100,000 and 50,000 Pounds of Food For Seva Food Bank

Wynne Food Drive

Mississauga, ON (November 25, 2013) – Over $100,000 in pledges and 50,000 pounds of food was collected for Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank this past weekend. The effort was led by the producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station to mark the 544th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth.

“We really wanted to find a way to put Guru Nanak’s message of equality, social justice and service into practice” remarked radio host Kuldip Deepak. “The Seva Food Bank is doing just that with its commitment to seva, selfless service, and sarbat da bhalla, the well-being of all humanity.”

On Friday November 15th, the hosts held their third annual sixteen hour commercial-free radiothon. Just two days later, two-hundred volunteers were mobilized to collect food donations at 27 different locations across the GTA.

“This incredible week will make a direct positive impact on the lives of our client families” commented Seva Food Bank organizer, Manpreet Kaur Sidhu. “The food and funds collected allow us to not only feed more people but also tackle the issues of food security, hunger and poverty at both our Wolfedale Road and soon to open Malton locations.”

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also brought a donation for the food drive and took out time to tour the new Malton location with fellow MPPs Linda Jeffrey and Vic Dhillon.

The Seva Food Bank first opened its doors in September 2010 and has grown to distribute 25,000 pounds of food to over 300 client families each month. As part of the Mississauga Food Bank’s city-wide network, it provides safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food across the L5B and L5C postal codes. In early 2014, Seva Food Bank will be opening a second food bank in Malton.

Click here to view event photographs. Hi-res photographs available upon request.

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Media Contact:
Kulvir Singh Gill
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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Seva Spark Fundraising Gala Raises $35,000 For Seva Food Bank

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Seva Spark Fundraising Gala Raises $35,000 For Seva Food Bank 

Mississauga, ON (November 10, 2013) – An empty warehouse in Malton was transformed into a stunning banquet hall Saturday night to host a fundraising gala for the Seva Food Bank. More than 300 people attended Seva Spark: A Night at the Site. The event raised approximately $35,000 for Seva’s expansion into the Malton community.seva_0364

“Hosting our gala at the new location was a unique way to present our vision of the Seva Centre to the community” commented gala chair and board member Angie Rehal. “All the money raised goes toward the $250,000 campaign to build, staff and develop programing for the Seva Centre in Malton”.

Mandeep (Sandy) Kaur Grewal and Harbaljit Singh Kahlon were the masters of ceremonies for the event. The evening keynote address was jointly given by the husband-wife duo of Dr. Prabhjot Singh and Manmeet Kaur from New York. The evening featured performances by Dhol Circle, DOAHL Academy and Nach Balliye. Dignitaries, included MPs Tim Uppal, Parm Gill and Brad Butt, MPPs Amrit Mangat and Jagmeet Singh as well as Mississauga City Councillors Bonnie Crombie and Ron Starr.

“We are honoured and blessed to expand into Malton in the new year,” says board member, Ms. Grewal. “While continuing to focus on food security, our new facility will also serve as a hub connecting community partners to address the issues of poverty reduction and economic renewal.”

In addition, a strategic partnership between Seva Food Bank and the architectural design Perkins + Will was announced at the gala. Perkins + Will are providing their expertise to imagine and design the physical space of the new facility to be located at 2832 Slough Street in Malton.

The Seva Food Bank is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization whose mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla and seva (selfless service). Our existing location on Wolfedale Road services up to 400 families each month, distributing over 25,000 pounds of food.

Click here to view event photographs. Hi-res photographs available upon request.

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Media Contact:
Kulvir Singh Gill
Sikhs Serving Canada
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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