CJMR 1320 AM Punjabi Radio Hosts Raise $110K and 30K Lbs of Food For Seva Food Bank

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CJMR 1320 AM Punjabi Radio Hosts Raise Food and Funds For Seva Food Bank

Mississauga, ON (November 11, 2014) – Over $100,000 in pledges and 30,000 pounds of food was collected for Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank this past weekend. The effort was lead by the producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station to mark the 545th 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 its commitment to sarbat da bhalla, the well-being of all humanity.”

On Friday November 7th, the hosts held their fourth annual commercial-free radiothon. Just two days later, two hundred and fifty volunteers were mobilized to collect food donations at 20 different locations across the western GTA.

“This incredible week will make a direct positive impact on the lives of our client families” commented Seva Food Bank organizer, Angie Rehal. “The food and funds collected allow us to not only feed more people but also tackle the issues of food security, hunger and poverty in our local community.”

The Seva Food Bank first opened its doors in September 2010 and has grown to distribute over 40,000 pounds of food to over 500 families in need each month. As part of the Mississauga Food Bank’s city-wide network, it provides safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food from its Malton and Wolfedale Rd locations.

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Media Contact:
Daven Seebarran
905-361-7382 (SEVA)
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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Locations For 2014 Guru Nanak Food Drive

2014 food drive sites

Gurdwaras
1 Malton Gurdwara, 7280 Airport Rd, Mississauga
2 Dixie Gurdwara, 7080 Dixie Road, Mississauga
3 Rexdale Gurdwara, 9 Carrier Dr, Etobicoke
4 Oakville Gurdwara, 2403 Khalsa Gate, Oakville
5 Peter Robertson Gurdwara, 585 Peter Robertson Blvd,
6 Jot Parkash Gurdwara, 135 Sun Pac Blvd, Brampton, ON L6S 5Z6
7 Glidden Gurdwara, 99 Glidden Rd., Brampton
8 Regan Road Gurdwara, 32 Regan Rd, Brampton

Grocery Stores
9 Subzi Mundi, 1098 Peter Robertson Blvd, Brampton
10 Subzi Mundi, 8897 Gore Road, Brampton
11 Subzi Mundi, 515 Ray Lawson Blvd, Brampton
12 Asian Food Centre (Golden Gata Plaza), 80 Pertosa Dr. Brampton
13 Asian Food Centre, 1075 Ceremonial Dr., Mississauga
14 Asian Food Centre, 10 Westmore Drive, Etobicoke
15 Asian Food Centre, 621 Wanless Drive, Brampton
16 Asian Food Centre, Torbram & North Park, Brampton
17 Golden Groceries (Gore Rd & Ebenezer), 4525 Ebenezer Rd.
18 Singh Farm (formerly Golden Groceries) (Airport & Cottrelle), 60 Cottrelle Blvd.
19 Golden Groceries 2975 Drew Rd (Malton)

Seva Food Bank
20 Seva Food Bank, Unit #10, 3413 Wolfedale Rd., Mississauga
21 Seva Food Bank, 2832 Slough Street, Mississauga

Drop-Off ONLY Locations (No volunteers will be on site)
Mayfield Gurdwara, Airport and Mayfield, Brampton
Sikh Lehar Centre, 79 Bramsteele Rd., Brampton
Gore Mandir, 9225 The Gore Road, Castlemore
Nanaksar Thath, 9418 Gore Rd., Brampton
Baba Budha Ji Gursikh Temple, 86 Covington St, Hamilton
Gursikh Sangat Hamilton, 200 Old Guelph Rd, Dundas, ON
Stoney Creek Grocers, 178 Barton, Stoney Creek
Fresh Pick (formerly Golden Groceries) 305 Charolais Blvd, Brampton

2014 food drive sites

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CJMR 1320AM Radio Producers Plan 4th Annual Radiothon and Food Drive To Fight Hunger

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For Immediate Release

CJMR 1320AM Radio Producers Plan 4th Annual Radiothon and Food Drive To Fight Hunger

Mississauga, ON (November 3, 2014) – The Punjabi radio producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station have once again come together to fight hunger in our community by hosting another radiothon and food drive in support of Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank.

The radiothon will take place all day on Friday November 7th. Supporters will be able to call into any of the Punjabi shows and make their pledge on the air. These shows include Asian Vision, Rangla Punjab, Parvasi, Punjab Di Goonj, Geetan Naal Preetan, Yahoo Radio, Fulkari, Sargam, Ajj Di Awaaz and Mehfil. Over the weekend, listeners will also be able to make donations on the Dil Apna Punjabi, Nav-Rang, Apna Punjab Radio, Road News Rangoli, and Sadda Virsa programs.

On Sunday November 9th, a food drive will be held at over 20 local gurdwaras and South Asian grocery stores across the GTA. The previous three radiothons and food drives have collectively raised over $300,000 and 125,000 pounds of food for Seva Food Bank.

“As we celebrate the 545th birthday of Guru Nanak, 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.”

“This incredible weekend will make a direct positive impact on the lives of our client families” commented Seva Food Bank organizer, Angie Rehal. “The food and funds collected allow us to not only feed more people but also tackle the issues of food security, hunger and poverty in our community.”

The Seva Food Bank first opened its doors in September 2010 and has grown to distribute 40,000 pounds of food to over 500 client families each month. As part of the Mississauga Food Bank’s city-wide network, it provides safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to clients from its Wolfedale Road and Malton locations.

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Media Contact:
Daven Seebarran
905-361-7382 (SEVA)
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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Join Seva Food Bank In Celebrating Our 4th Birthday!

SFB Happy Birthday Poster

Its our 4th anniversary and we’re celebrating! Join us over the next few weeks for a whole bunch of different events:

Join Us For Cake!
Seva Malton – Monday Sept 22 from 4 to 8 PM
Seva Wolfedale – Wednesday Sept 24 from 4 to 8 PM

Annual Kirtan
Friday September 26 from 6 to 11 PM
Shromani Sikh Sangat – 2377 Dunwin Dr, Mississauga, ON (Map)

Wonderland: Seva Family Picnic
Saturday September 27 from 11 AM to 4 PM
Mississauga Valley Park, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd (Map)

TGIF - September

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Seva Food Bank Launches New Programs

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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.

(See attached poster)

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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

Click here to download PDF: Client Services Coordinator Posting

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