Food banks in Newmarket, Aurora, among 36 GTA recipients with a donation of $ 270,000
The Mount Pleasant Group, which owns and operates cemeteries, funeral homes, and crematoriums across the GTA, gives $ 7,500 to each food bank
Newmarket Food Pantry is one of 36 food banks in the York area and across the GTA that each received $ 7,500 from the Mount Pleasant Group to meet growing demand for their services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company, which owns and operates cemeteries, funeral homes, and crematoriums across the GTA, has donated a total of $ 270,000 to food banks, including in Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Concord, where the demand for their services doubles, triples has increased or even quadrupled in the last year, according to a press release.
In addition to serving more residents, the challenge for food banks is to either lose volunteers or reduce volunteers to meet physical distancing requirements, adjust their processes, and invest in new infrastructure, PPE, tables and tents to hold food to distribute safely.
“We are a community-based organization,” said Glenn McClary, President and CEO of the Mount Pleasant Group. “Our employees live in the neighborhoods where we operate and they see the impact COVID-19 has on families on a daily basis. With these donations we want to support those at the front and give something back to our neighbors. ”
Wherever possible, donations from employees of the local Mount Pleasant Group cemetery or funeral home have been safely turned over to food banks, he added.