New funding from Surrey Cares helps DIVERSEcity expand its Food Access initiatives

New funding helps DIVERSEcity’s Food Security programs support families with access to healthy food during COVID-19

DIVERSEcity has received new funding from Surrey Cares Community Foundation to expand our Food Access initiatives, launched to support families experiencing food insecurity during COVID-19. Thanks to our other Food Access initiatives funders, Community Food Centres Canada, Breakfast Club of Canada and Coast Capital Savings, these initiatives have supported 93 families so far, including seniors and refugee parents with young children — more than 330 individuals! — to have improved access to healthy food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With this new funding, “we will be able to support more than 200 more families with access to healthy, affordable food,” says Fiona Stevenson, manager, Volunteer & Community Programs at DIVERSEcity.

Food Accessibility Fund For Migrants and their Families affected by COVID-19

The Surrey Cares funding of $45,000 will specifically support the Food Accessibility Fund For Migrants and their Families affected by COVID-19, which will support clients living in Surrey, Delta or Langley, referred by partner organizations, such as Options, MOSAIC, ISSofBC and SUCCESS. Priority will be given to clients who are unable to access other supports or have additional levels of vulnerability.

Support will be provided through either a one-time $150 Loblaws gift card for groceries or delivery of a hamper of groceries of $150 value directly to the client.

Additional support beyond these two options may also be provided on a case-by-case basis for individuals and families experiencing extreme food insecurity.

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