The Government of Alberta is providing funding to support secure access to food for vulnerable Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this time of urgent need for community supports, there is a strong demand placed on food banks and charitable organizations providing access to food. In an effort to protect vulnerable Albertans, the government is providing $5 million to support food banks and community organizations in their food supply efforts.

On April 2, Alberta Education announced nine not-for-profit organizations would receive $3 million to provide additional food assistance to vulnerable K-12 students and their families.

“Access to food during this pandemic is a critical issue. Vulnerable populations should not be wondering where their next meal will come from. We are allocating this funding to support people so they can access food through food banks and community organizations as we continue to address the impacts of COVID-19.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

On April 3, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $100 million to improve access to food for vulnerable Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we navigate through this crisis we must work together to support Albertans in need. We are focused on making food and shelter supports readily available and will continue to ensure our most vulnerable and at-risk people have secure access to food throughout this pandemic.”

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services

The Government says it will be working with Alberta’s food banks to provide food to vulnerable populations during this pandemic.

“I would like to assure Albertans that we have food security here in Alberta. I would also like to thank all of the organizations across the province that continue to support our food banks. Great initiatives, like 4-H’s charity animal sales, are innovative approaches to promote local charities including food bank donations. I know, through 4-H this year, I will be donating to my local food bank.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

The funding will directly support Alberta food bank locations, charities, not-for-profits and civil society organizations with their food supply efforts.

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