Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Ottawa will be doubling its contribution to the food banks of the nation amid the pandemic.
Another $100M will be added to the Emergency Food Security, this will help food banks to provide food for Canadians who are food insecure during the pandemic. In April, the program received a sum of $100M which funded the first phase of the program.
The first phase of the program provided about six million meals to two million Canadians. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the economy negatively and caused a financial setback to many individuals, leaving one in seven Canadian homes without food on their table in May.
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On Thursday night while participating in a virtual town hall with food-bank operators, Justin Trudeau said that as Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner, food banks will be under pressure to feed people who can’t afford groceries or those who can’t get them due to one reason or the other. Therefore an additional $100M will be provided to food banks to provide more for the needy.
This is a good decision as it will help reduce the issue of food insecurity in the country. So many people have lost their jobs due to the current pandemic and this has had a negative impact on their families in terms of feeding. This decision will restore hope to the poor and needy.