Wakefield Community Emergency Fund gets $5K grant
Press release from the Wakefield Community Emergency Fund:
The Wakefield Community Emergency Fund (WCEF) is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $5000 from Community Food Centres Canada’s Good Food Access Fund. The grant will enable the WCEF to fund a project, led by Elizabeth Peters of Wakefield, which will ensure children have a nutritious breakfast and healthy snacks
while out of school or at home as a result of COVID-19. Funding is provided in part by the Government of Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund, as part of the Food Policy for Canada. The Fund aims to strengthen food systems and facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.
As many families struggle as a result of lost income, children cannot be forgotten. “We want to make sure little bellies don’t go hungry during this difficult time of COVID-19” said Elizabeth Peters. Weekly nutritious food hampers will be delivered to families in the region. Elizabeth has also partnered with the Wakefield Pantry, the Wakefield General Store and local schools to deliver the hampers.
“Food insecurity was already an urgent problem before the COVID-19 crisis, with one in eight Canadians struggling to put food on the table. In a time of national crisis, it is in our nature as Canadians to do what we can for our most vulnerable neighbours. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their quick response, as well as the many corporate partners and generous donors who have stepped forward” says Nick Saul, CEO of Community Food Centres Canada. “The Good Food Access Fund aims to make sure that as many people as possible will be able to get the food that they need. And while we must deal with the current circumstances, CFCC remains committed to advancing policy change that addresses the underlying causes of food insecurity and poverty in Canada. We can’t forget that structural inequity is at the core of so many of the challenges that Canadians face, a fact which painfully confronts us when an emergency like this occurs.”