Emergency food programs are incredibly important as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds as the outbreak has aggravated food insecurity on a global scale. Proof of this comes from The SEED, which is an organization at Guelph Community Health Center. While prior to the pandemic, the not-for-profit provided meals for more than 300 vulnerable families, it has been reported that "that number has spiked dramatically."
With an estimate that over 4,000 local homes are experiencing food insecurity during the health crisis, SEED has launched a specialized emergency food program that relies on volunteers, food and service donations. The Hospitality Services at the University of Guelph, for example, "has started preparing meals for the project."
The goal is to meet a demand for meals, estimated to be 50,000 per week.
Image Credit: The SEED