Supporting people experiencing food insecurity in Canada because of COVID-19
Under the Food Policy for Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada is making up to $100 million available in emergency funding to Canadian food banks and other national food rescue organizations to help improve access to food for people experiencing food insecurity in Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds will be used to:
- purchase food and other basic necessities
- buy or rent equipment and materials
- transport and distribute food
- access new distribution centres
- hire temporary help to fill volunteer shortages
- implement biosecurity measures
How the funds will be distributed
The Government is working with key national and regional agencies that have an established network and distribution system for food aid and providing food to those in need.
- Food Banks Canada will receive a total of $50 million
- $20 million has also been evenly distributed to:
These organizations will work with local partners to meet the urgent food needs of Canadians, including Indigenous peoples and Northern populations. Their services will extend beyond their normal networks to reach the needs of all Canadians as widely as possible.
Local organizations seeking funding should contact one of these organizations directly:
- Food Banks Canada: email@example.com or 1-800-986-5280
- Second Harvest: Food Rescue or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community Food Centres Canada: email@example.com
- Breakfast Club of Canada: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Salvation Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Addressing further gaps
The Government will be further allocating up to $30 million to address increasing demand and support people experiencing food insecurity. The funding will continue to be distributed through national associations working directly with local communities.
At this time, organizations seeking assistance should reach out to the existing five organizations (Food Banks Canada, Second Harvest, Community Food Centres Canada, the Breakfast Club of Canada and the Salvation Army) to obtain emergency aid.
Other national organizations may be invited to submit an application for funding if they are able to demonstrate that they can serve specific communities where a gap remains and to deliver food to other target populations, such as northern and remote communities.
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