Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, local food support organizations have provided vulnerable citizens in Brantford and the County of Brant with 1,722,324 meals for those in need.
As the social assistance and homelessness service provider for both the City of Brantford and the County of Brant, the City is pleased to announce an additional $130,000 in funding to be allocated to supporting emergency food services. This allows for the continuation of ongoing partnerships with the Brantford Food Bank and the Salvation Army to support emergency food services as part of the City’s ongoing COVID-19 Response Plan.
The continuation of this vital program allows local emergency food providers to continue their important efforts to help those in most need. The Food Bank will continue to lead the planning and coordination in the City of Brantford and the Salvation Army will lead efforts in the County of Brant.
“Brantford’s most vulnerable citizens need our support during what continues to be a very challenging time, and I am very proud of the City’s response efforts. I am incredibly thankful to the local food support organizations that provide these services and we are fully committed to continuing to help individuals and families who need food assistance,” said Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford.
“Support for local food organizations and helping those most in need remains paramount as COVID-19 continues to affect many individuals and families. We are grateful for the City’s administration of social services to County residents and would encourage anyone in need to seek the help they require,” added David Bailey, Mayor for the County of Brant.
The $130,000 of funding is part of the $2.510 million that was allocated to our region from April 2021 to March 2022 to help protect those most vulnerable during the ongoing pandemic. The Federal government committed $747,000 through Reaching Home – Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, while the Provincial government committed an additional $2.510 million through the fourth phase of the Social Services Relief Fund aimed to assist with COVID-19 related supports and programs.
Since March 2020, the City’s Community Services and Social Development staff have been working with partners in the health sector and emergency shelter operators to implement a coordinated COVID-19 Response Plan. Funding was used to support community food last year. In total, the funding support enabled the purchase of approximately 1,930,483 pounds of food and provided 1,722,324 meals for those in need. Additionally, over 20 community food providers were supported with food and supplies needed to sustain their essential programs.
Individuals in the city of Brantford who are looking for more information about food security services are encouraged to call the Brantford Food Bank at 519-751-HELP (4357), while individuals in the County are encouraged to call the Salvation Army at 519-752-7814 or 519-442-3432.