Monday, December 18th 2023 Lincoln, Ontario – As a follow up to the Government of Canada’s Public Announcement on August 17th 2023, Community Care of West Niagara is a very grateful recipient of a $74,800 investment that was recently awarded by the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. This generous support will advance the very ambitious strategic direction of FEED Niagara. All the members of FEED Niagara (of which there are 10) work together in an effort to reduce hunger across Niagara. Although there is a long history of collaboration among Niagara’s member agencies, this funding will strengthen local and collective capacity to meet increasing needs for help; optimize opportunities for food security programs; advocate and raise awareness about food insecurity; and foster partnerships that will connect Niagara residents facing food insecurity to much needed food and supports. “As a member of the FEED Niagara consortium, CCWN has benefited greatly over the years from our association that has a direct, and positive impact on the residents we serve. I look forward to the development of FEED Niagara’s infrastructure, for how it will organize and direct its activities moving forwards,” says Carole Fuhrer, Executive Director of CCWN. One of the first steps is to identify a Leader to take on the role of FEED Niagara Manager. Paula Barrett, Manager of FEED Niagara, offers almost 20yrs of progressive leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations in community. “I look forward to facilitating the establishment of FEED Niagara and supporting the consortium’s 10-member food banks, while together we innovate and create sustainability, in service to our community,” says Paula Barrett, FEED Niagara Manager. “United Way Niagara is proud to have worked with United Way Centraide Canada as part of the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. Locally we were able to invest in 24 programs and services aimed at helping Community Service Organizations access what they need right now and support organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic,” shared Frances Hallworth, CEO of United Way Niagara.
“The projects supported by the Government of Canada through the Community Services Recovery Fund demonstrate that we are a caring and compassionate society that values the well-being of all its members. It is heartening to see the compassion and empathy of our citizens as they give back to those in need. Projects like FEED Niagara are a testament to the power of our collective action and our ability to come together to make a positive difference in the world. I am confident that together we can make a meaningful impact on the lives of those across Niagara,” says Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.” About the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund: The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt and modernize their organizations. The Community Services Recovery Fund is being delivered through three National Funders – Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada. About United Way Niagara: United Way works to tackle some of the biggest social issues in Niagara; investing in solutions to poverty, food security, mental illness, homelessness, domestic violence and social isolation. For more information contact: Chandra Hardeen Director of Community Investment (905) 688-5050 | [email protected] www.unitedwayniagara.org About FEED Niagara: FEED Niagara is a consortium of ten Niagara food banks that are members of Feed Ontario and Food Banks Canada. Members include: Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold, Community Care of West Niagara, GBF Community Services, Newark Neighbours, Pelham Cares, Port Cares, Project SHARE, The Hope Centre, The Salvation Army Fort Erie, and West Lincoln Community Care. For more information contact: Paula Barrett, FEED Niagara Manager (289) 815-1923 | [email protected] | www.feedniagara.ca About Feed Ontario: From securing fresh and healthy food sources to driving change through policy research and innovative programming, Feed Ontario unites food banks, industry partners, and local communities in its work to end poverty and hunger. For more information contact: Andrea Waters Manager of Marketing and Communications 416-656-4100 x2941 | [email protected] | www.feedontario.ca About Community Care of West Niagara: Community Care of West Niagara (CCWN) exists to provide essential services and support to families and individuals in Lincoln who are facing economic hardship. It is an agency that delivers impact through compassionate service, embraces and drives change with integrity, is relevant and respectful, and fosters community resilience and nurtures hope. For more information contact: Carole Fuhrer, Executive Director of CCWN (905) 563-5822 | [email protected] | www.communitycarewn.ca
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