Food banks and other local food organizations across Canada are facing an increased demand for their services and added pressure from shortages in donations and volunteers.
Now more than ever, they need continued support to offer the crucial services Canadians rely upon to feel safe and healthy.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Mary Ng, Member of Parliament for Markham–Thornhill has announced $31,600 to improve food security for Markham–Thornhill residents facing social, economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Food banks and local food organizations play such an important role across the country, especially here in Markham-Thornhill,” Ng said. “Today’s announcement will go a long way to helping the most vulnerable people in our community, and ensuring Canadians have what they need to stay safe and healthy throughout this pandemic.”
The funds are distributed between the Parya Trillium Foundation and 105 Gibson Centre to provide both access to meals and food packages to the most vulnerable people in the community. The funding is expected to help feed more than 1000 people in need with total of 1135 meals.
This funding is part of the $100 million Emergency Fund for food security announced by the federal government in April to position food banks and local food organizations early in the pandemic to respond to increased community needs.
And just last month, the government doubled this funding by investing another $100 million to ensure food banks and local food organizations can continue to serve our communities.
More than 1,800 food banks and local food organizations across Canada have been helped by the funds.