The McCain Foundation donated $50,000 each to five food banks and community-giving organizations across Manitoba and Alberta, for a total donation of $250,000.
The impact of COVID-19 has been detrimental to food banks and community kitchens across Canada as they aim to stay afloat during a time of unprecedented demand and rapidly depleting resources.
In Manitoba, donations went to support the Portage La Prairie Salvation Army and the Samaritan House Ministries in Brandon. In Alberta, donations went to the Lethbridge Food Bank Society, the Taber Food Bank Society, and the Coaldale Community Food Bank Society. Each of these deserving organizations serve the local communities surrounding McCain Foods’ operations in Portage la Prairie, Man., Carberry, Man., and Coaldale, Alta.
“This pandemic has caused some very dark times for many families,” said Kevin Leahy, president of the Taber Food Bank Society. “With this contribution, the Taber Food Bank can brighten their days by ensuring access to wholesome food.”
Brenda Hammond, Church Pastor with the Salvation Army in Portage La Prairie echoed similar thoughts, adding that many individuals and families “were financially unable to prepare for a long-term crisis, and we are able to assist them because of this donation.”
This series of donations are in addition to a $1-million donation earlier this month by the McCain Foundation to similar organizations across New Brunswick, as well as the McCain Foods donation of 20-million pounds (lb) of potatoes, equal to 60-million servings, to support Canadian food banks.
“Food banks and similar organizations dedicated to serving the community are being hit hard by this crisis. These donations will help to address the increasing demand,” said Linda McCain, Chair of the McCain Foundation. “We must look out for those most vulnerable and support the critical services that many Canadians are relying on.”