Community-based COVID-19 relief could be more effective. Here’s how.

How do we feed each other?

Why It Matters

Front-line service organizations like food banks are overwhelmed, trying to respond to the needs emerging in the wake of COVID-19, so communities are stepping up to care for their neighbours. But, as Rahul Chandran, managing director of CARE writes, they need the social impact sector’s help to do so safely and effectively.

Canada is about to face a massive food crisis. The second wave of COVID-19 will, unfortunately, be the challenge of getting food to the people in physical isolation because they are high-risk and the people who are hungry because they don’t have money.  

I had a phone call with a food bank last week, and they estimated that need has already risen 20 percent. It’s week two, and the economic consequences of job losses have barely started. 

In the face of this, communities are stepping up to protect their own. Everywhere, across Canada, communities are organizing spreadsheets and maps and projects and outreach, all living up to the beautiful hashtag, #caremongering. 

That’s also our job. We must help each other in a time of crisis. 

There are going to be serious challenges, from delivering cooked food to people with limited mobility to provi

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