The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Food for A Day program is trying to make food security a little easier for Saskatoon’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsored by the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, the “Food For a Day Bags” program is in its second year, with 1,150 bags and 846 dozen (10, 152) eggs that have been distributed so far.
The program has become especially important over the past couple of months, since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent changes to the way we all live our lives.
“The majority of our clients are low income and already struggle with having enough money to make ends meet,” explains Jacki Veregin, Manager for Primary Health Care in Saskatoon. “Now, with so many services closed and incomes lost or decreased due to COVID-19, food security has become a huge issue for folks in our community.”
The program serves approximately 500 families each year and helps provide nutritional requirements by providing a weekly food bag and vouchers to clients and their families during this state of emergency.
Contents of a Food for a Day bag.