World News – CA – Federal government announces more than $ 300,000 to improve food security in Guelph

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Local food banks received part of the $ 100 million emergency food security fund announced by the federal government last spring

Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield on Friday announced $ 321,07933 funds to improve food security for Guelph residents facing the social, economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

The funds were distributed among Guelph Food Bank, Lakeside HOPE House, The SEED, The Salvation Army Community & Family Services, Ontario Student Nutrition Services, Crown Dairy, Wyndham House, The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, Food & Friends Program, Grange Hill East Neighborhood Group and Church of Apostle James and St Matthias)

The funds will be used to purchase equipment, implement security measures, purchase food and distribute in the community

« I am amazed at all of you and all you do to continue to accomplish the wonderful collaborations that we have developed in our community, » Longfield said during the virtual announcement to local organizations fighting against the food insecurity

“As COVID-19 has presented many challenges, personally and as organizations attempt to overcome this pandemic, food banks and organizations are on the front lines to ensure people receive central food assistance in when needed »

Food banks and other local food organizations across Canada are facing increased demand for their services and additional pressure from a shortage of donations and volunteers

According to Statistics Canada, one in seven Canadians report living in a household where there was food insecurity in a period of one month during the COVID-19 pandemic

Of the $ 100 million fund, $ 50 million was distributed to Food Banks Canada, $ 45 million was distributed equally among the Community Food Centers of Canada, Second Harvest, the Salvation Army and the Breakfast Club Up to $ 5 million has been distributed to local organizations that serve food insecure people

« I remember one of the quotes from our study on the agriculture committee where the director of Food Banks Canada said food is affordable in Canada, but not everyone can afford it. food, « said Longfield

« I remember his quote resonated with me saying that everyone in the food supply chain must be able to be financially viable, but the people who consume food must be able to afford that food » , Longfield said, adding that food security is also linked to jobs, equity, income and affordable housing and everything one needs to live a life of dignity. « 

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Anita Stewart, Guelph, Food Security, Canadian Cuisine, Canada

News from the world – CA – Federal government announces more than $ 300,000 to improve food security in Guelph


SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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