The Galiano Club has adapted our programs to meet the needs of the community during this crisis, but we're struggling to cover increased costs. We need your support to keep our programs going.
What Does Galiano Need?Galiano is a vulnerable location—approximately 60% of the residents are over 55; health care is limited and the island is dependent on ferries for food. Our health care providers indicate that a significant number of seniors have come to rely on the Food Program frozen meals to help them stay in the community. There are a number of people on the island who rely on the Food Bank and the demand has increased during the pandemic as many community members are facing financial insecurity.
- The Galiano Club Food Program is partnering with St. Margaret’s of Scotland church to run the Galiano Food Bank, which we re-opened in February.
- We have begun a new service, delivering over a dozen weekly hampers of food to people who are self-isolating or in quarantine and are struggling to afford groceries.
- A small group of volunteers is preparing frozen meals in the commercial kitchen at the Hall (after consultation with the Clinic.)
- Our Soup & Bread events have been cancelled as per the directives from our provincial health authorities. These were a substantive source of our income and covered the cost of groceries for our frozen meals.
- The cost of groceries has risen as a result of the pandemic, and our usual supply chains are disrupted so our staff are working hard to find alternative grocery sources.
- Distribution of frozen meals was largely handled at Galiano Club events, through the Health Care Centre and through a walking group. None of these options are now available and so distribution is placing an added burden on our resources.