Highlights of the Canadian Foodbank Initiative
COVID-19 has taken its toll financially, emotionally, and physically worldwide, and one of its major impacts has been an increase in food insecurity. Putting food on the table wasn’t easy for many individuals before the pandemic, but high unemployment rates, lack of full-time work, and being hit with much higher bills once COVID-19 payment deferrals come due has left many people literally unsure of where their next meal is coming from. Canada’s citizens are not immune.
The UCT in Canada committee, which is chaired by UCT Director Bernie Regenbogen of Jack Kidd Council 755 in Saint John, New Brunswick, saw the uphill battle Canadian food banks were facing and decided, with the help of the committee, to do something about it by challenging UCT’s Canadian local councils to assist food banks in their area between Easter and June 20. And, of course, whether it was collecting and contributing food or making cash donations, Canada’s councils responded by collecting more than 70,000 pounds of food and donating over $75,000 to local food banks and other organizations that support them.
Kudos to the councils that participated in the food bank initiative. The committee is so pleased with the results that they’re considering another drive in late autumn to help hungry individuals in their communities throughout the holidays, so watch for more information to come.