2020 was a year like no other. The economic impacts of COVID-19 increased food insecurity by 39 per cent. Now 1 in 7 Canadians are affected. Low-income and racialized communities have been hit the hardest, which highlights the systemic inequities in our society.
Yet Community Food Centres found innovative, safe ways to provide healthy food and connect with community members. Despite COVID restrictions, thousands of people across the country accessed our food programs multiple times per month.
And it’s made a real difference in their ability to eat well and keep stress at bay during a difficult time.
“[Without the CFC] I would have a really difficult time getting food. This takes the stress off. This is a way I can make sure I don't go without eating.” - Community member, Harmony CFC, Toronto, ON
“Very thankful. Loved all the help from the CFC. Being a single mother of two it really helped me especially with everything going on right now. I'm so grateful.” - Community member, Turnor Lake & Birch Narrows CFC, Turnor Lake, SK
“I started going to The Depot CFC out of necessity for the food. It established a pleasant routine in my life. I connected with people and everything else followed. Honestly, first for the food, then everything else is a bonus.” - Community member, The Depot CFC, Montreal, QC
Our community members miss being able to attend programs in person, but have found the virtual and at-home versions make it easier to cope.
“I’ve missed being at The Local so much, but being able to look forward to Kate’s Kitchen videos and receiving a meal kit to try the recipe at home has made it much more bearable. Thank you for being so creative in continuing to serve our community. I can’t wait to see you all in person.” - Community member, The Local CFC, Stratford, ON
"[The CFC’s] kids’ food kits... have been amazing [for] teaching my daughters how to cook and try new foods." - Community member, Mount Paul CFC, Kamloops, BC
“[I felt] relieved [and] secure knowing [food] was delivered during COVID.” – Community member, Natoaganeg CFC, Eel Ground First Nation, NB
Even in these challenging circumstances, our partners remain committed to supporting their local communities. This means helping people stay connected and access healthy, culturally-appropriate food. And it means advocating for progressive policy change that alleviates food insecurity and poverty over the long term.