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Building Capacity to Feed Ontario

Last January, the Gay Lea Foundation announced a $20,000 grant to Feed Ontario (then called the Ontario Association of Food Banks), which would be used to fund the charity’s 2019 Capacity Building Program, a granting program that provides food banks in the province with funding to grow their capacity to accept, store, and distribute fresh food to adults and children living with hunger.

By the end of the year, six food banks had received grants for a total of $18,000, enabling them to increase refrigeration capacity, replace faltering refrigerators or improve their facilities and equipment – important improvements, given that nearly 70% of the food distributed  by Feed Ontario is fresh or frozen. The remaining $2,000 was used by Feed Ontario to increase their distribution of fresh and frozen food to the communities who need it most, including the food banks whose improved capacity through the program meant they could now accept more fresh and frozen food.

Read on to learn more about how the grant from the Gay Lea Foundation enabled these six food banks to collectively better serve more than 14,410 clients facing hunger in Ontario and how our continuing partnership with Feed Ontario is helping change lives and build healthier communities across the province!

 

Salvation Army Huntsville Food Bank

FOOD BANK: SALVATION ARMY HUNTSVILLE FOOD BANK

AMOUNT: $1,500

PEOPLE SERVED PER MONTH: 380

CAPACITY IMPROVEMENTS: Purchase of freezer and two utility carts

IMPACT: Increased freezer capacity for fresh and frozen food donations by 560 lbs and improved ease, time and efficiency for volunteers moving food.

 

FOOD BANK: THE AGAPE CENTRE, CORNWALL

AMOUNT: $5,000

PEOPLE SERVED PER MONTH: $1,200

CAPACITY IMPROVEMENTS: Air conditioner repair and purchase of trolley carts

IMPACT: Better temperature control has increased shelf-life on non-refrigerated perishables, such as bread, while trolleys have increased food transportation efficiency and saved volunteer hours.

 

Central Food Bank, Wilberforce

FOOD BANK: CENTRAL FOOD NETWORK, WILBEFORCE

AMOUNT: $1,500

PEOPLE SERVED PER MONTH: 120

CAPACITY IMPROVEMENTS: Purchase of fridge/freezer units

IMPACT: Increased refrigeration capacity for fresh produce (from 0 to 30 lbs) has enabled more fresh food to be donated and shared.

 

FOOD BANK: HAMILTON FOOD SHARE, HAMILTON

AMOUNT: $5,000

PEOPLE SERVED PER MONTH: 12,600

CAPACITY IMPROVEMENTS: Loading dock repair, freezer/cooler monitoring system

IMPACT: Enables the food bank to maintain appropriate, safe cold chain storage for fresh food.

 

Waterford & District Food Cupboard

FOOD BANK: HASTINGS ROSENEATH MINISTERIAL FOOD BANK, HASTINGS

AMOUNT: $1,500

PEOPLE SERVED PER MONTH: 60

CAPACITY IMPROVEMENTS: Purchase of fridge/freezer unit

IMPACT: Enables the food bank to stock and distribute fresh produce, which they were previously unable to do.

 

FOOD BANK: WATERFORD & DISTRICT FOOD CUPBOARD

AMOUNT: $2,500

PEOPLE SERVED PER MONTH: 50

CAPACITY IMPROVEMENTS: Purchase of commercial fridge

IMPACT: Increased capacity to serve fresh fruit and vegetables and provides new opportunity to supply dairy products on a weekly basis.

 

About Feed Ontario

From securing fresh and healthy food sources, to driving change through policy research and innovative programming, Feed Ontario unites food banks, industry partners and local communities in their work to end hunger and poverty.


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