Backgrounder

COVID-19 is having a major impact on the operation of organizations working to improve food security and, above all, it has intensified the food needs of the most vulnerable people.

In April, the Government launched the first round of funding under the $200 million Emergency Food Security Fund to support national, regional, and local organizations across Canada that are able to reach people and communities experiencing food insecurity and who have been impacted by COVID-19. This Fund supports the purchase and distribution of food and other necessities on an emergency basis across the country.

To date, this emergency funding has supported 1,856 individual projects in communities across Canada.

Details

Under the first $100 million, the Government is working with key national and regional agencies that have an established network and distribution system for food aid and providing food to those in need.

Of the $100 million that will be allocated under the Emergency Fund:

As organizations and communities make investments in food security, their capacity to provide healthy and nutritious food will increase.

Additional Funding

On October 9, 2020, the Government of Canada announced an additional investment of $100M under the Emergency Food Security Fund. Further details on the administration of this additional funding will be made available soon.

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Distribution of Funding (Information based on reporting from national organizations. Please contact these organizations for any questions related to the distribution of funds.)
Lead Recipient Name Town/City / Community Funding Status $ Approved
Food Banks Canada Moisson Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Chicoutimi Approved $91,777.00
La Tablée des Chefs Moisson Saguenay Chicoutimi Approved Food Donations valued at $2,700.00
Second Harvest Food Support Committee Maison Uashteu Mashteuiatsh Approved $18,812.00
Breakfast Club of Canada/Club des petits déjeuners Corporation de développement communautaire Maria-Chapdelaine (pour l’épicerie communautaire Le Garde-Manger Dolbeau-Mistassini Approved $34,600.00
Breakfast Club of Canada/Club des petits déjeuners Moisson d’Alma Alma Approved $4,800.00
Breakfast Club of Canada/Club des petits déjeuners Centre des enfants Chicoutimi Approved $1,200.00
Breakfast Club of Canada/Club des petits déjeuners Centre populaire Roberval Approved $11,400.00
Breakfast Club of Canada/Club des petits déjeuners Les jardins du coin L.J.C.(Laterrière-Jonquière-Chicoutimi) Chicoutimi Approved $3,000.00
Breakfast Club of Canada/Club des petits déjeuners Corporation des loisirs de Saint-François-de-Sales Saint-François-de-Sales Approved $4,500.00
Breakfast Club of Canada/Club des petits déjeuners Service d’intervention de proximité du Domaine-du-Roy Roberval Approved $90,000.00

Total Approved $262,789.00

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Contacts

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Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

jean-sebastien.comeau@canada.ca

343-549-2326

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