Hunger Can’t Wait: Community Support during COVID-19

By Humber River Hospital

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, food insecurity was a challenge for many households in our society.  Therefore, as we prepare for the unique demand on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are mindful of the impact on social determinants of health – magnified in our marginalized patient population.

Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN) North York West (NYW) sub-region data reports that North York West communities have higher than the provincial average number of low-income senior population living alone, a high share of single parent households living under the poverty line,  and a significant number of residents living with chronic conditions. COVID-19 has forced us to face the potential hunger and malnutrition on structurally disadvantaged populations who have less power and resources, plus the added difficulty of accessing nutritious foods.

To prevent a rise in all forms of malnutrition, we need to help each other. Experts in nutrition science and policy advise, “Stronger immune systems can help individuals fight the virus, and may help keep some patients out of the hospital, leaving room for those in most dire need”.  For healthcare providers, this is an opportunity to highlight the significance of strengthening our food system as one strategy to flatten the curve.

We are asking our staff, physicians and volunteers to help families struggling in our communities by donating to Black Creek Community Farm, a local organization who is stepping up to support families during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We recognize at this time, that many may feel emotions and resources pulled in all different areas during these challenging times and the natural inclination would be to tighten our belts and avoid unnecessary spending.  Yet, we call upon you to think about the poverty free fall for vulnerable members of our community who have been disproportionately affected by this community pandemic.

Winston Churchill reminds us “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.

Please join us in supporting Black Creek Community Farm’s Emergency Food Box initiative where families will receive a large box of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Visit Black Creek Community Farm

 

Click on the donation page and select the amount you would like to contribute

 

Black Creek Community Farm will deliver the food box right to the family’s doorstep