For many Canadians and their families, the past few months have been difficult and uncertain. At the same time, food banks and local food organizations are facing challenges in delivering services to Canadians in need, including in securing volunteers and increasing public health and safety measures. As we continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19, more Canadians are facing food insecurity, therefore making food banks and organizations key to helping feed families and keeping Canadians healthy and safe.
The federal government is therefore investing an additional $100 million through the Emergency Food Security Fund. This investment will help improve access to food and increase food supply for vulnerable Canadians across the country, who are facing the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government of Canada will provide this funding to national and regional organizations, who will then support food banks and local food organizations across Canada in order to help reach people experiencing food insecurity.
As we enter a critical point in the pandemic, food banks, local food organizations, and Indigenous groups will be able to use this funding to ensure vulnerable communities continue to have access to safe and healthy food. The funding will be used to purchase and distribute food and other necessities in order to meet the urgent needs of Canadians. The funds will also be used to hire workers where volunteers are unavailable and buy personal protective equipment to help keep workers, volunteers, and visitors at food banks and local food organizations safe.
The Government of Canada will continue to support all Canadians, and especially our most vulnerable, as we work to build a more resilient Canada. Together, we can create a Canada that is healthier and safer, cleaner and more competitive, and fairer and more inclusive for everyone.
“With Thanksgiving around the corner, no one should have to worry about putting food on the table. Food banks and local food organizations have been there for Canadians who need them most, and we will continue supporting them. Today, while we continue to deal with the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, we are giving these food banks and local food organizations more support so they can keep helping Canadians feed themselves and their families.”
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“Local food organizations are working tirelessly to help Canadians put food on their tables, and now more than ever they need our support. The funding announced today builds on what we have already achieved through our first round of federal emergency funding, which is helping two million food insecure Canadians through 1,800 local-level projects. To all Canadians who are fortunate enough to have quality food on your kitchen tables this Thanksgiving weekend, I ask that you consider how you can support your local food organizations to help those who might not be in the same position right now.”
—The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
o $25 million under Nutrition North Canada to increase subsidies so families can better afford much-needed nutritious food and essential items like hygiene products.
o $40 million over five years beginning in 2019-2020, and $8 million per year in ongoing funding Nutrition North Canada’s new Harvesters Support Grant. This grant was co-developed with Indigenous partners to increase access to traditional foods by reducing the costs associated with traditional hunting and harvesting.
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