Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) has launched a $3-million Good Food Access Fund to provide emergency relief during this time of national crisis to our most vulnerable neighbours, including children, single parents, Indigenous people, seniors, and those on disability
The Fund will ensure that the 183 Good Food Organizations and 13 Community Food Centres working on the front lines in 175 communities across Canada can quickly purchase food and supplies for those who need it most.
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Before COVID-19 hit, 4.4 million Canadians faced food insecurity–inadequate or irregular access to food due to financial constraints. It’s now threatening to become a deeper national crisis. Precarious employment and the closure of many businesses means that the number of Canadians who will require emergency food aid will increase exponentially over the coming weeks.
CFCC assists the most vulnerable among us: 29 per cent of participants are seniors, 24 per cent are people on disability supports, and 41 per cent are on social assistance. People of colour, new immigrants and people in Northern communities disproportionately experience food insecurity, which takes a toll on physical and mental health.
“What Canada needs now is to make sure that no one is falling between the cracks by working with the front-line agencies that are equipped to get food out the door immediately to those who are being hit the hardest by the current crisis.”
— Nick Saul, CEO, Community Food Centres Canada
Community Food Centres have suspended community meals and cooking programs and are now focussing on ensuring community members can safely access food through take-away meal programs and enhanced access to food hampers. Good Food Banks in our network are providing pre-packed boxes for pick-up. Direct aid in the form of gift cards for groceries will be made available as resources allow.
Community members are experiencing a fear of scarcity, and our partners have expressed concern that they soon won’t have the resources necessary to keep up with the growing demand as more and more people find themselves unable to go to work or access food. The federal government’s announcement of direct financial support to Canadians is encouraging, but we know it will take a while to become available and may be difficult for everyone who needs it to access in a timely manner. Support is needed now for the organizations that are working on the front lines to provide necessary food and supplies for those who need it most.