The federal government is providing nearly $100,000 for food security initiatives in Greater Sudbury and Nickel Belt for residents “facing social, economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“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,” said a press release from Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré.
“Now more than ever, they need continued support to offer the crucial services Canadians rely upon to feel safe and healthy.
The funds were distributed between four organizations to support breakfast programs and to save unsold produce and fresh food, among other food security initiatives. Recipients include:
- Onaping Falls Lions Club - $9,600
- Destiny International Church in Val Caron - $10,000
- Helping Hands Family Missions in Hanmer - $20,000
- Atikameksheng Anishnawbek - $57,500
This funding is part of the $100 million emergency fund for food security announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in April to position food banks and local food organizations early in the pandemic to respond to increased community needs.
Key national food security organizations have been instrumental in distributing this funding, including local partners, Food Banks Canada, Community Food Centres Canada, Second Harvest, Salvation Army, Breakfast Club of Canada.
More than 1,800 food banks and local food organizations across Canada have been helped by the funds, which is estimated to help serve over two million Canadians with six million meals.