‘Fill the gaps’: York Food Bank offers grocery gift cards

“The cost of food has risen dramatically, we are in a housing crisis and inflation is at an all time high. Many of our beneficiaries are struggling to make ends meet,” the Food Bank CEO said. York Region.

Food banks in York Region and recipients of the emergency home delivery program will receive grocery gift cards over the next few weeks, thanks to an emergency food security fund, according to the Food Bank of York. York Region.

Grocery gift cards will be given out in addition to regular food deliveries and support received from the York Region Food Bank, according to a news release.

The $75,000 grant comes from the 2022 Emergency Food Security Fund created by the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food and distributed by Food Banks Canada.

“Relief and gratitude will likely be what our customers will experience once the grocery cards are delivered. The cost of food has risen dramatically, we are experiencing a housing crisis and inflation is at an all time high. Many of our beneficiaries are struggling to make ends meet,” said Alex Bilotta, CEO and Founder of Food Bank of York Region.

“Our hope is that adding these grocery gift cards can help fill the gaps in the food they receive, allowing our customers to ensure they have everything they need for themselves. themselves and their families to survive, until their next visit or delivery. ”

In 2021, the Food Bank of York Region delivered more than $7.24 million in food, or 2.79 million meals, through its network of community partners, which includes the Newmarket Food Pantry. Of 22,793 unique people served, 30% were children and 10% were seniors, according to the FBYR.

York Region Food Bank is the regional food bank and mobile food pantry with a network of over 75 social service agencies and emergency home delivery programs. The network supports food programs in all nine municipalities of York Region, serving more than 23,000 people in 7,000 households.

Michael N. Clark