15 Apr

NOTICE: Community rallies to support food needs during COVID-19

The municipality and dedicated volunteers are working to expand access to food during the COVID-19 pandemic. A temporary food distribution depot is being established in the Picton Town Hall.

“Because of the widespread economic impact of the virus, there are many people out there in dire financial straits, wondering how they will pay for groceries to feed themselves and their families,” says Councillor John Hirsch, who is serving on the food and food insecurity task team along with Councillors Kate MacNaughton and Bill Roberts. “We are heartened to see community members rally to support their neighbours during these tough times.”

If you or someone you know requires support now or in the future, please call the County’s COVID-19 help line at 1.833.676.2148. Municipal staff will provide information about the various food programs that are available to you and how you can access the support.

The StoreHouse Foodbank in Wellington, the Picton United Church County Food Bank, and the Salvation Army in Picton are helping residents meet their food needs in a safe manner that respects physical distancing requirements.

To supplement these services, the County and The Food Collective are launching a food depot site this Friday at the Picton Town Hall. Residents are encouraged to call ahead (1.833.676.2148) to arrange for contactless pick up between noon and 5 pm.

If you want to offer support, The County Foundation has established a fund to support the broader Prince Edward County community during this period of uncertainty. The goal is to raise $100,000 to support foodbanks, other food initiatives, and groups providing support in the areas connected to food and health. The municipality encourages anyone who can give, to do so.  Visit The County Foundation website for more details and to donate.

Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19