The Sprott Foundation in Oakville, Ontario, has announced commitments totaling C$20 million ($14.4 million) to address food insecurity in Canada.
The commitment includes gifts of C$10 million ($7.2 million) to Second Harvest and Community Food Centres Canada, with C$12 million ($8.6 million) of that dedicated to the purchase of grocery gift cards that will be made available via application to community groups nationwide. The remaining funds will support an expansion of Second Harvest's efforts to ensure that food gets to underserved communities, as well as the efforts of CFCC's partner network to safely provide food hampers, emergency meals, and produce boxes to those in need.
"Our family has been devastated to see the rise in hunger and food insecurity across the country, with urgent need not only in major urban centers but also rural, Northern, and Indigenous communities," said Sprott Foundation chief giving officer Juliana Sprott. "Everyone should have access to healthy food and be free from hunger. This gift is intended to meet a broad range of needs regardless of geography while offering flexibility to each community in how those needs are addressed."
"Food insecurity was an urgent problem in Canada even before COVID-19, with one in eight Canadians struggling to put food on the table. It's now become a deeper national crisis,” said Community Food Centres Canada CEO Nick Saul. "The Sprott family has been an essential partner to our good food movement since the very beginning. We are grateful that they have stepped forward with this incredible act of leadership and generosity. Their donation will ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors across the country will be able to safely access good food during these unprecedented times."
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