Aurora Food Pantry can “meet the growing needs of customers” with a new walk-in freezer

The Aurora Food Pantry has installed a new walk-in freezer that is helping to meet the growing needs of customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. April 20, 2021.

  • The new walk-in freezer in the Aurora Food Pantry.  April 20, 2021.

The Aurora Food Pantry has installed a new walk-in freezer that provides better service to food insecure residents.

According to a media release from the Aurora Food Pantry, the new 1,200 cubic foot freezer compartment will allow the pantry to accommodate and distribute significantly more items that are packaged or can be frozen.

“With the new walk-in freezer, we can accept more of these kinds of donations to meet the growing needs of our pantry and offer our customers a wider variety of nutritious and culturally diverse foods,” said Sandra Seepaul, General Manager of Aurora Food Pantry.

With the help of the Federal Government’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) and a generous donation from the local community, the Aurora Food Pantry was able to install the new walk-in freezer.

The LFIF is a five-year, $ 50 million food policy program for Canada that aims to strengthen food systems and improve access to safe and nutritious food for vulnerable populations.

“Our government is committed to improving food security, especially for our most vulnerable populations. With the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, we are enabling community food organizations across Canada, including the Aurora Food Pantry, to make significant improvements to better serve the people in their communities when they need it most, especially during the pandemic, “said Marie- Claude Bibeau, Minister for Agriculture and Food.

Today, Aurora Food Pantry’s new walk-in freezer will help feed more than 200 households a month, with nearly half of their customers being children.

When it first opened in 1990, it looked after 24 families a month. The Aurora Food Pantry began in the basement of a church and has been providing food aid to individuals and families in Aurora and North Oak Ridges ever since.

“While the number of customers who visited the pantry rose moderately in the past year, our numbers were steadily increasing even before the COVID-19 pandemic. So we’re not just looking at how we can serve our customers today, but also how we can ensure we can continue to serve them in the future, ”said Allison Stuart, Aurora Food Pantry CEO.

“The generosity of the community was fantastic. And now, with federal government funding for the new freezer, we can meet our customers’ needs and continue to serve our community, ”said Stuart.

This nonprofit is run by volunteers and relies on food and cash donations from local organizations, churches, schools, businesses, and individuals.

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