South Georgian Bay Community Health Center receives $20,000 to help address food insecurity
SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
The South Georgian Bay Community Health Center (SGBCHC) is pleased to announce that it has once again received a $20,000 grant from Community Food Centers Canada’s Access to Good Food Fund.
The grant will provide community partners in southern Georgian Bay with grocery gift cards to help individuals and families struggling to access food. Funding is provided in part by the Government of Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund, under the Food Policy for Canada. The fund aims to strengthen food systems and facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for populations at risk.
“COVID-19 has amplified household food insecurity in southern Georgian Bay and we are seeing more and more people struggling to provide enough food for themselves and their families,” said Sydney Lougheed, registered dietitian at the SGBCHC. “We are so grateful to Community Food Centers Canada’s Food Access Fund for providing this critical funding to help us and our partners provide emergency food relief in our community.
Grocery gift cards will be distributed through various community partners in southern Georgian Bay, including Breaking Down Barriers Independent Resource Living Centre, Clearview Community Gardens, Collingwood Garden Programs, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and the public libraries of Clearview, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview youth centres, E3 Community Services Inc., Georgian Bay Family Health Team, My Friends House Shelter for Abused Women and Children, the Food and Meal Program for Out of the Cold Collingwood/Community Connection 211 and the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre.
“Food insecurity was already a pressing issue before COVID-19, with one in eight Canadians struggling to put food on the table. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for its quick response, as well as the many corporate partners and generous donors who volunteered,” said Nick Saul, CEO of Community Food Centers Canada (CFCC). “The Good Food Access Fund aims to ensure that as many people as possible can get the food they need. At the same time, CCFC remains committed to advancing policy changes that address the underlying causes of food insecurity and poverty in Canada. We cannot forget that structural inequity is at the heart of so many of the challenges Canadians face, a fact that has been amplified during COVID.