In 2022, Anju Malhotra and Christine Hann used their Matchmaker MicroGrant to help create their short film, Food for Thought. The film was inspired by Writer/Co-Director/Producer, Christine Hann’s, involvement with her local foodbank and their inner workings, including the hardworking employees and volunteers as well as struggle of its clients. The film was completed this Spring, and the team is submitting their film for the festival circuit.
The image of those who use a food bank has changed dramatically over the last few years. Food banks see grandparents, working families, business owners, and university graduates. When we move away from the myths around food banks it opens the door for those most in need to access these services with less stigma. Walking through the doors of a food bank is an act of courage every single time.
“We hope our film will help put a spotlight on the issue of food insecurity that affects our community. The Mississauga Food Bank recently moved to a new larger facility as sadly more and more residents are struggling to feed themselves so our film comes at the right time to support this important issue. With help from the Mississauga Arts Council, our project will help audience members experience what it is like for a client who relies on the services of a food bank” said grant recipient and filmmaker Anju Malhotra.