As a result of social, financial and physical impacts of the COVID-19 state of emergency, with the aged population classified as high risk, Port Cares will be providing foodbank support to the most vulnerable -along Niagara’s south coast – seniors and persons with disabilities. Port Colborne and Wainfleet seniors or persons with disabilities who are low income and find themselves in need of food but are unable to access regular foodbank service, will not have to put themselves at further risk by leaving their house to receive essential support. Thanks to a pledge of support from CAA Niagara and its President and CEO Peter Hezewyk, unserved and underserved vulnerable individuals will not go hungry while in isolation. Pre-packed grocery hampers containing 7 day’s worth of non-perishable food supplies will be provided through this collaborative effort between Port Cares and CAA Niagara.
“A key area of focus for our club is supporting the community and that becomes particularly important during challenging times like these,” said Peter Van Hezewyk, President and CEO of CAA Niagara. “We’re proud to be able to partner with an amazing organization like Port Cares and support their efforts to deliver food to vulnerable groups in the community.”
This service would not be possible without the logistical support from CAA Niagara.
“We’ve simplified our registration process. We will perform phone based registration with the individual screened for eligibility to ensure those accessing this program are qualified to receive the support.” Says Amanda Upper, Site Supervisor of the Port Cares Reach Out Centre and Food Bank., “We are fortunate as a member of Feed Ontario to receive these hampers as a part of the provincial network’s efforts to go above and beyond to assist foodbanks during this time, and are always looking to deploy resources where the greatest impact will be.”
“Port Cares, like hunger-relief agencies across Canada and the US expects an increased need in foodbank support well beyond this state of emergency. The ripple effect will continue for many months to come,” says Port Cares Executive Director Christine Clark-Lafleur, “We recognize additional barriers faced particularly by seniors, and are grateful to have this opportunity to partner with CAA Niagara to help seniors in need.”
CAA Niagara is dedicating a pool of volunteers to make deliveries, with Port Cares administering and handling the client information. Over the phone screening for foodbank eligibility is based on the Ontario low-income cut-off and location. Persons with disabilities and seniors in need should phone the Reach Out Centre at (905) 835-1914 and follow the auto-attendant’ instructions to register to receive a hamper.
TO MAKE A DONATION
E – transfer: E-transfers donations can be made by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org
By Mail: Cheques can be made payable to Port Cares and mailed to Port Cares at 92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, L3K 3E1
QUICK FACTS ABOUT PORT CARES REACH OUT CENTRE:
· Port Cares Reach Out Centre Food bank (ROFC) assists more than 1,400 individuals. A third of the people reliant on the ROFC Food Bank are children.
· On average 20,000 pounds of food is distributed through the Port Cares Food Bank each month.
· Most needed food item donations for the food bank include canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, cereal, jam, baby food, formula and diapers, personal hygiene items.
· Last school year the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre located at 61 Nickel Street, Port Colborne provided 2,020 lunch kits /more than 12,000 lunches to local school age elementary and secondary school children who live in low income households.
· Hot, nutritious community meals are served three times a week to families and individuals in need with more than 50 adults and children typically attend each meal. In winter months there will be nearly 100 clients attending at meal time.
ABOUT PORT CARES
· (Port Colborne Community Association for Resource Extension) was established as a not-for-profit registered charity in 1986. Port Cares is a not-for-profit community organization that provides development, employment, and support services to enhance the quality of life for individuals in Port Colborne, Wainfleet and the surrounding area. To learn more about our organization please visit www.portcares.ca