It takes a community to feed a community. COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges to many households in Guelph. In response to the crisis, The SEED—one of Our Food Future’s program delivery partners—is getting nutritious food to people who need it through their Emergency Food Home Delivery program. The program supports those most impacted by COVID-19, including vulnerable seniors, people living on low incomes and people with health challenges.
To support that program, Harve$t Impact launched its first community funding process: an online platform that enables donors to offer cash, product and services, as well as physical support such as warehouse space, access to refrigeration and refrigerated delivery vehicles. The goal is to raise $100,000+ in cash and in-kind services as part of a $1M+ campaign to allow The SEED to rapidly scale up free emergency food access to 2,000 households most deeply affected by COVID-19.
This work has a cascading effect, as it helps The SEED’s redistribution of bulk foods to their partner food service agencies such as the Salvation Army, Hope House, the Drop-In Centre, Chalmers Community Services Centre, the North End Harvest Market and others.
Looking ahead, we’ll provide bespoke profile-raising services for other projects that have adopted circular food principles and can contribute to meeting the goals of Our Food Future.