The devastating impact on people’s lives and health due to COVID-19 has made 2020 a challenging year and continues into 2021. The pandemic has also negatively impacted the economy and brought financial hardships for many. For some, the loss of income has led to “food insecurity” – a term used to describe the challenge individuals and families face in having access to nutritious food.
In order to provide much-needed assistance, the volunteers of BAPS Charities organized local food drives in 14 cities across Canada to serve the community at large.
One such food drive was organized in Scarborough, ON during the holiday season during which over 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated to the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities on January 12, 2021.
Mr. Vijay Thanigasalam, Member of Provincial Parliament of Scarborough – Rouge Park tweeted, “Pleased to join BAPS Charities to deliver food items raised from the local community in partnership with Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities.”
“On behalf of the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (SCHC) Food Bank, we would like to thank the members of BAPS Charities for your generous donation of 1500 pounds of non-perishable food items. It was wonderful to see how many volunteers took the time out of their busy days to come to deliver these items to us.” Roshelle McNeil, Social Support Coordinator. “As the need continues to increase, it is heartwarming to know that members of our community are eager to rally around and provide a sense of stability in these uncertain times. ”
Donations were collected while observing appropriate masking and social distancing guidelines to protect the health of everyone involved. BAPS Charities thanks all of the volunteers and donors who came together to help the community during these difficult times.