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COVID SNAPSHOT


When dealing with the unknown, you learn how to adapt real fast.

From disruptions in the supply chain and a drop in volunteers to entirely new safety protocols, food banks have had to adapt to a host of unprecedented challenges. On the flip side, the pandemic has also shown us the positive impact social policy can have when it comes to reducing food bank use, nationwide.

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67%
of food banks initiated a home delivery service to get food to people during lockdowns
initiated…
27%
of food banks started providing takeout meals
provided…
53%
of food banks reported a decrease in need once governments benefits (CERB) kicked in
saw a drop in…
22%
of food banks started offering drive-thru services
started…
42%
of food banks saw a reduction in volunteers as a major challenge
were challenged by…
19%
of food banks set up pop-up locations
set up…
40%
of food banks began offering appointments as a way of getting a better handle on social distancing measures
began offering…
64%
of food banks felt CERB had a major impact on need
were impacted by…

75% of food banks in Canada have changed the way they operate

Adapting to a new environment hasn’t been easy. However, federal funding initiatives, along with tremendous support from businesses, individuals, and local communities have all enabled local food banks to survive.

A Snapshot of food banks in Canada and the COVID-19 Crisis:

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