Community Care of West Niagara has been awarded $20,000 in government funding to help support its efforts to improve food security in Niagara.
CCWN received funding through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), a fund that helps support vulnerable members of the community during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government of Canada and United Way Centraide have allocated $350 million to assist in these efforts.
So far, community services in the Niagara Region have received more than $1,200,000 in funding from the ECSF.
CCWN will use this funding to support its work to improve food security in Niagara. The organization works to address barriers and improve access to healthy food for vulnerable populations.
This work is aided in part by the CCWN’s connection with FoodRescue.ca. FoodRescue.ca is a platform that connects organizations needing food with donors that have a surplus of food. This helps improve agency and organization access to food for its clients and participants.
“Food Rescue has the potential of being an integral component to the success of attaining food security for all,” said a CCWN news release.
CCWN is a registered non-profit organization in Lincoln that supports local families experiencing financial difficulties. It has been serving the town since 1967. It is the only food bank in Lincoln that is a direct member of Feed Ontario and an associate member of Food Banks Canada.
FoodRescue.ca was created by Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization. The food rescue platform helps donors give their food surplus to social service programs in the community. This helps reduce food waste and provides organizations with needed food for their clients and participants.