Port Cares forms food support partnership with CAA Niagara

Port Cares press release – As a result of social, financial and physical impacts of the COVID-19 state of emergency, with the aged population classified as high risk, Port Cares will be providing foodbank support to the most vulnerable -along Niagara’s south coast – seniors and persons with disabilities.

Port Colborne and Wainfleet seniors or persons with disabilities who are low income and find themselves in need of food but are unable to access regular foodbank service, will not have to put themselves at further risk by leaving their house to receive essential support.

Thanks to a pledge of support from CAA Niagara and its President and CEO Peter Hezewyk, unserved and underserved vulnerable individuals will not go hungry while in isolation.

Pre-packed grocery hampers containing 7 days worth of non-perishable food supplies will be provided through this collaborative effort between Port Cares and CAA Niagara.

“A key area of focus for our club is supporting the community and that becomes particularly important during challenging times like these,” said Peter Van Hezewyk, President and CEO of CAA Niagara. “We’re proud to be able to partner with an amazing organization like Port Cares and support their efforts to deliver food to vulnerable groups in the community.” This service would not be possible without the logistical support from CAA Niagara.

“We’ve simplified our registration process. We will perform phone-based registration with the individual screened for eligibility to ensure those accessing this program are qualified to receive the support,” says Amanda Upper, Site Supervisor of the Port Cares Reach Out Centre and Food Bank. “We are fortunate as a member of Feed Ontario to receive these hampers as a part of the provincial network’s efforts to go above and beyond to assist food banks during this time, and are always looking to deploy resources where the greatest impact will be.”

“Port Cares, like hunger-relief agencies across Canada and the US expects an increased need in foodbank support well beyond this state of emergency. The ripple effect will continue for many months to come,” says Port Cares Executive Director Christine Clark-Lafleur. “We recognize additional barriers faced particularly by seniors, and are grateful to have this opportunity to partner with CAA Niagara to help seniors in need.”

CAA Niagara is dedicating a pool of volunteers to make deliveries, with Port Cares administering and handling the client information. Over the phone screening for foodbank eligibility is based on the Ontario low-income cut-off and location.

Persons with disabilities and seniors in need should phone the Reach Out Centre at (905) 835-1914 and follow the auto-attendant’ instructions to register to receive a hamper.

TO MAKE A DONATION

  • E – transfer: E-transfers donations can be made by sending to donations@portcares.ca
  • By Mail: Cheques can be made payable to Port Cares and mailed to Port Cares at 92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, L3K 3E1