Mississauga residents seem to have a sweet tooth…and that is great news for Community Living Mississauga and The Mississauga Food Bank. The two organizations will split the more than $212,000 which was raised at Tim Hortons locations throughout Mississauga during the recent Smile Cookie Campaign.
Over the past nine years, the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign has donated now more than $836,000 to unfunded programs at Community Living Mississauga. These programs focus on supporting children, youth and teens who have an intellectual disability to participate in community-based recreational activities, summer camps and volunteer opportunities.
“Community Living Mississauga is very fortunate to have such a longstanding relationship with Tim Hortons owners across our city,” said Keith Tansley, Executive Director at Community Living Mississauga. “We want to say thanks to them, as well as everyone who bought Smile Cookies, on behalf of the hundreds of children and youth who have an intellectual disability who have been able to connect with their community through our summer recreational programs thanks to the funds raised by this campaign.”
The recipient charities for local proceeds for the annual campaign were selected by the owners of the Tim Hortons restaurants and, once again this year, The Mississauga Food Bank is also a recipient charity of the funds from the Smile Cookies sold in Mississauga.
“Thank you to Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners of Mississauga and to our community for supporting neighbours in need through this year’s Smile Cookie campaign,” says Meghan Nicholls, CEO at The Mississauga Food Bank. “Since June 2022, we have seen on average 31% more food bank clients every month compared to the same time last year. Those most vulnerable are grappling with the higher costs of groceries, transportation, rent, and much more. This is why we continue to need our community’s support as food insecurity continues to rise and shows no indication of slowing down.”
Across the country, Tim Hortons restaurant owners and millions of generous Tim Hortons guests helped to break a new Smile Cookie record by raising $19.7 million for local charities and community groups.
“We’re so proud and humbled that Tims guests have once again shown incredible support for our Smile Cookie campaign and important charities and community groups where they live, by helping us raise a record-breaking $19.7 million,” says Axel Schwan, President of Tim Hortons.
“To achieve such an amazing result means baking and hand-decorating millions upon millions of Smile Cookies over the course of just a week. My heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who made this happen, including all of our passionate restaurant owners, team members and volunteers who helped us dot eyes and create smiles.”