COVID-19 EMERGENCY FOOD ACCESS TASK FORCE
ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TOGETHER
The Cowichan Green Community (CGC) has been leading an Emergency Food Access Task Force in response to the impact that COVID-19 is having on our emergency food system.
Many of the emergency service providers, are listed below (in alphabetical order) and on this
COVID-19 Food Resource List are represented on this ‘virtual’ task force.
These organizations are working tirelessly, with less staff and volunteers, to continue to feed those in need in the Cowichan Region. They are working together to ensure each organization has the support and specifically the food that they need each week.
You'll find the latest copy of the COVID-19 Food Resource List here.
Feel free to print and distribute where needed and share online.
REQUEST FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT
A call went out to agencies to share this request broadly, so we are doing our part and sharing this as information only. With the Cowichan Region already having one of the highest poverty rates in BC and the drastic increase in unemployment due to COVID-19, our non-profit food security organizations need your support now more than ever.
If you’re able to donate, please do.
Financial contributions are preferred over physical food donations to support the directive of staying at home and allows each organization to purchase what is needed in real time.
Rest assured, if one organization can fill a need for another (and visa versa) that is happening through consistent communications. After all, we are in this together.
Thank you for your support!
Cowichan Valley Basket Society (Duncan Food Bank) https://www.cvbs.ca/
Cowichan Green Community (grocery store food recovery through reFresh including low cost groceries and pre-made meals in Duncan, with delivery services as required) https://cowichangreencommunity.org/
Cowichan Neighbourhood House (serving food in Chemainus) https://www.cnha.ca/
Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation (operates Meals on Wheels) https://www.cowichanseniors.ca/
CMS Food Bank (serving Cobble Hill, Mill Bay and Shawnigan Lake; hampers by appoint only) http://cmsfoodbank.ca/
Harvest House (hosting weekly Food Banks in Chemainus & Crofton) https://chemainusharvesthouse.com/
Ladysmith Resource Centre Association (Ladysmith Food Bank) https://www.lrca.ca/
Lake Cowichan Food Bank Society https://lake-cowichan-foodbank-society.business.site/
To donate: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/lake-cowichan-food-bank-society/
Meals on the Ground (serving meals at the old Mound parking lot Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 5pm)
Donations can be made to Cowichan Green Community with a note for funds to go to Meals on the Ground.
Nourish Cowichan (school breakfast program, now delivering food to students and their families)
StarFish Cowichan Valley (providing bags of food to school children) https://starfishpack.com/cowichan-valley/
Sunday Sandwiches (serving lunch on Sundays outside BikeWorks from 1pm - 2pm)https://www.facebook.com/groups/707345586131830/
The Salvation Army (food hampers to households four times a year) https://salvationarmy.ca/donations/
For local donations, please specify Cowichan Valley.
Warmland House – CMHA Cowichan Valley (servicing unhoused residents and at-risk youth outreach) https://cowichanvalley.cmha.bc.ca/
Volunteer Cowichan is working to connect those who require support in accessing food and essentials with those willing to volunteer.
To donate please visit https://volunteercowichan.bc.ca/contact/
If you are in need or would like to volunteer please call 250-748-2133 ext. 0 and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a service organization actively feeding those in need during this COVID-19 emergency and would like to be included on this list, please contact email@example.com