Community Foodbank Fund
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Community Foodbank Fund
Donating funds through this site will provide the opportunity to purchase high need items for our community during this crisis. During uncertain times that we are facing right now, we know there are people in our communities with limited access to food and funding. We appreciate your help for those in need.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our region hard. The CFNWAB is responding to the current challenges of our local organizations,will support recovery of these essential organizations, and will lead in supporting the rebuilding of our region for the well-being of all citizens. We continue to monitor this quickly moving situation and are working to provide supports that will assist and help those most vulnerable in our community and bridge the gaps. In response, we have established the Community Kitchen and Foodbank Fund to ensure our vulnerable population have access to healthy and adequate food. This fund is designated to support the Salvation Army food hamper needs and the Community Kitchen hot meal program.
We cannot estimate the timelines but know the needs are immense and changing quickly. To date:
All organizations have closed their offices
Most organizations cannot serve their clients
Some staff are meeting with a small number of clients via phone and online
Many staff have lost their jobs
Necessary fundraising events have been cancelled and will cause operational deficits
Shelter, food, mental health and youth related demands are increasing rapidly
Essential childcare organizations are closed
From recent conversations, we know:
Our vulnerable population has challenges in meeting social isolation requirements and has limited access to food for clients which includes men, families and disabled community members.There is an increase in demand for hot meals and family support programming. Our foodbank is running out of supplies and facing higher demand. Agencies expect to have a significant operational deficit in the future due to loss of revenue from fundraising and donations
Some organizations have an operational deficit and are concerned with how to pay ongoing operational expenses like maintenance, utilities, staffing, etc. These are only a few examples of today’s challenges. It is expected the needs of local organizations and uncertainties will escalate over the next few months. We are working closely with all partners to provide flexible funding and support them without creating barriers. Our intent is to be sure community organizations have the necessary support now and into the future.