New food security program for seniors and more funding for food banks

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CANADA, January 20 – The province is providing funding to food banks that are not members of the Island Association of Food Banks and is implementing a food security program for seniors.

Seniors aged 65 and over who face financial challenges obtaining healthy, nutritious food can apply for the Seniors Food Security Program. Challenges include significant financial barriers, requiring self-isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test or being a confirmed close contact.

“This is a welcome announcement,” says Audrey Morris, President of the Secretariat for Seniors. “The seniors of P.E.I. helped shape the Island we all love to call home. Seniors have faced challenges related to obtaining food, isolation and accessing personal supports and I am thrilled to see this support offered.

Food banks that are not part of the Island Food Bank Association will receive between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on their size and current needs. The funding will help them maintain their inventory and store meat and dairy products as well as non-perishable food for those who need it most.

“We know that with the current restrictions, barriers have been created for some members of our communities. We strive to lighten these burdens as much as possible. Everyone can benefit when we create easy access to healthy, nutritious food for people. This is an important time to focus on our health and well-being and each other’s health and well-being.

– Social Development and Housing Minister Brad Trivers

To access the Seniors Food Security Program, visit: Seniors Food Security Program to register. Anyone needing help with the online form can contact 1-866-770-0588 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or dial 2-1-1.

The list of food banks receiving financial support is as follows:

  • Crapaud South Shore Food Share – 20424 Transcanadienne, Crapaud, PE
  • Campus Food Bank – UPEI Campus, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI
  • Kensington Food Bank – 30 Garden Drive, Kensington, PE
  • Rustico Food Bank – 58 Church Hill Avenue, North Rustico, PEI
  • Campus Food Bank – Holland College – 140 Weymouth St., Charlottetown, PEI

Islanders should call 2-1-1 or visit pe.211.ca to find the nearest food bank.

The government also announced financial support for the Association of Island Food Banks and its members and the Salvation Army on January 14, 2022.

Media Contact:

Rebecca Gass Senior Communications Officer Social Development and Housing [email protected]

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