The Unemployed Help Centre is giving out emergency food hampers after receiving $170,000 in federal funding.
“We never want to see our neighbours going without,” said CEO June Muir. “With all the corporate closures, layoffs and increased employment insurance applications it’s been a struggle keeping up with demand. This generous funding has allowed us to purchase much needed items like pasta sauce, pasta, rice, beans, lentils, canned vegetables and snacks for children.”
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The Unemployed Help Centre said its Unifor Local 200 People’s Choice Pantry, along with other food banks, have faced an increasing demand as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.
UHC has so far received $170,258.62, which was funnelled from Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund through Food Banks Canada.
The centre, in partnership with the City of Windsor, is assembling the hampers at the WFCU Centre. Each hamper has enough food for seven days.
As part of the Food Banks Canada network, UHC is one of about 3,000 food banks and community agencies across the country that has benefitted from the Special Emergency Appeal put out by the national organization.
“Food Banks Canada is driven to provide food, funds and advocacy to support the local work of front-line food bank staff and volunteers,” said Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada. “This vital work that June and her UHC team are doing each day caring for those living with food insecurity cannot be overstated.”