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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Goderich Salvation Army Food Banks Picks Up $10K In Federal Funding

Goderich | by Fadi Didi  

Lieutenant Derek Kerr says $10,000 in federal funding will purchase food, prepared meals as demand rises during COVID-19 crisis.

Officials with the Goderich Salvation Army say the demand at their food bank is expected to remain high during the COVID-19 crisis, even as workers return to the jobsite.

Lieutenant Derek Kerr tells Country 104.9 News the rise in need was expected, with many new patrons now using the facility's services.

Kerr tells us demand is likely to continue, even as workers return to their jobs, because any savings will dwindle while residents continue their mandate to stay at home.

In response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the United Way of Perth-Huron initiated an "Urgent Needs Fund" for not-for-profit groups, such as food banks, experiencing a sudden surge in need.

The federal government also provided $100 million to Canadian food banks, as job losses skyrocketed in the wake of COVID-19.

Kerr says the Goderich Salvation Army received $10 thousand of those federally allocated funds, which will be used to purchase food and prepared meals.

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