Press Release

Chebucto Connections to receive $5000 for emergency food aid in the wake of COVID-19

Good Food Access Fund Grant will allow us to bring fresh produce to dozens of households in need.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 12, 2020 – Chebucto Connections is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $5000 from Community Food Centres Canada’s Good Food Access Fund. The grant will enable Chebucto Connections to provide dozens of households in the Spryfield-Sambro Loop with fresh, nutritious produce. Funding is provided in part by the Government of Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund, as part of the Food Policy for Canada. The Fund aims to strengthen food systems and facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.

“Since mid-March we have seen an increased demand for food in the community we serve, and have been struggling to keep up. The money from the Good Food Access Fund means that we are able to provide enough fresh fruit and vegetables to the most vulnerable households in the Spryfield-Sambro Loop.”  – Kelly Keating, Program Director for Chebucto Connections

“Food insecurity was already an urgent problem before the COVID-19 crisis, with one in 8 Canadians struggling to put food on the table. In a time of national crisis, it is in our nature as Canadians to do what we can for our most vulnerable neighbours. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their quick response, as well as the many corporate partners and generous donors who have stepped forward” says Nick Saul, CEO of Community Food Centres Canada. “The Good Food Access Fund aims to make sure that as many people as possible will be able to get the food that they need. And while we must deal with the current circumstances, CFCC remains committed to advancing policy change that addresses the underlying causes of food insecurity and poverty in Canada. We can’t forget that structural inequity is at the core of so many of the challenges that Canadians face, a fact which painfully confronts us when an emergency like this occurs.”

Media inquiries:

Adrianna MacKenzie, Executive Director

adrianna@chebuctoconnections.ca

902-477-0964 ext. 23

Operating since 1987, Chebucto Connections helps residents participate in community life, from Armdale to the Pennants, by focusing on individual and community strengths. We identify and attract resources to increase opportunities for residents, groups and their communities, so we can work together to improve the quality of life throughout Eastern Chebucto Peninsula. We partner with community groups, agencies, businesses, institutions and governments to better serve their clients and focus their efforts on local interests and priorities.

Community Food Centres Canada 

Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) builds health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities through the power of food. We work with 13 Community Food Centres and 183 Good Food Organizations in 175 communities across Canada. Our Good Food Access Fund was established to provide emergency relief during this time of national crisis to our most vulnerable neighbours. Learn more at cfccanada.ca or follow @aplaceforfood.

Media contact:

Juniper Locilento, Chief Development & Communications Officer

416-576-2561 or juniper@cfccanada.ca