When COVID-19 forced the Niagara economy to a halt, it became immediately apparent that food security would be the number one issue for our partners. We immediately went to work securing significant quantities of healthy food, to ensure those who need immediate access would have it. Funding supported over 25 food programs with thousands of pounds of emergency food in the early days of the pandemic, feeding thousands of individuals and families across the region.
Service providers across the region have received funding and/or food and hygiene items to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the most vulnerable people in Niagara. The fund also allowed United Way to increase capacity to serve seniors, people in isolation and phone counselling services in response to growing needs.