Your donations are helping us feed our community in London, Ontario and deliver meals to seniors, adults with disabilities and shelters.
Collaboration is key
When quarantine started, our first thought was providing nutrition to the vulnerable population.
We are collaborating with three great organizations: Meals on Wheels, Mission Services and the London Food Bank.
The Food Bank helps over 25 other groups and agencies, acting as a regional hub for Feed Ontario. Donations are distributed to food banks in Ailsa Craig, Goderich, Ingersoll, Stratford, Strathroy, St. Marys, and St. Thomas.
100% of donations are split three ways for these agencies and the money is going directly to purchase food for:
- seniors and people with accommodations who cannot prepare their own meals;
- people who are struggling with housing and can't really self-isolate;
- people who are not getting a paycheque and can’t afford a meal for themselves or their families.
Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) prepares and delivers meals for Meals on Wheels London
Deliveries being loaded at Meals on Wheels London
Meal packaging at Meals on Wheels London
Meals delivered at Meals on Wheels London
Preparing a car full of delicious meals at Meals on Wheels London
Mission Services offers food, safe shelter, clothing and rehabilitation
The London Food Bank helps not only London, but other agencies in Ontario
Extra help: donating hygiene products
At the end of May, we received a donation from Canadian Tire of three 20L pails of hand sanitizer and twelve units of paper towels (6-packs).
Knowing that the elderly population is the most affected by COVID-19, we reached out to our community partner, Meals on Wheels to offer the much-needed supplies.
We are truly glad to be helping Meals on Wheels and their clients during this difficult time.
We need more people to care for seniors and people with disabilities who are in need.
Other ways you can help
We understand no everyone may be in a position of donation right now. If you still want to help, please spread the word on social media and help us raise awareness to food relief in Canada.
We would love to see pictures or videos of a different recipe you've come up with during quarantine. Did you use any different ingredients? Had to improvise? Tell us about your meal preparation on social media!
Here's a suggestion of how you can end the post:
"I #Cook4Good with @hellogncanada for Food Relief in Canada and I nominate @___ to do the same!"
You can also help by pledging your birthday this year and have a fun way to celebrate while helping your community!
It's easy: all you have to do is ask for a donation to our COVID-19 Relief campaign instead of a gift.
You can download the images below to share it with your friends and family.
Korean churches fundraise for masks
Good Neighbors Canada donated 400 masks to the London Health Sciences Centre in April to help health care workers help others.
In order to buy 3 ply masks, respirators and COVID-19 test kits for the Ministry of Ontario Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), we collaborated with the following churches in their initiative to raise funds:
Frequently Asked Questions
- What happens with Minds in Bloom and the Save a School campaign?
In light of COVID-19, we had to postpone our Minds in Bloom fundraiser to help renovate two classrooms at a primary school in Guatemala. Along with the Faculty of Education - Western University, which is collaborating with us, we have decided to hold the event in 2021 - or even do it virtually, depending on how things go.
The Save a School campaign is still ongoing. We have had to pull the brakes on making any plans to start construction, as the school is closed, so we will continue to fundraise until 2021.
- How is COVID-19 affecting your operations?
The COVID-19 situation has been a major impact for the work we do, and we are humbled by your continuous support. Our team is still equipped to help our donors with any inquiries, while working remotely. All volunteer trips and international flights for planned fundraising events have been cancelled. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 1 (833) 614-GOOD (4663) or email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
- How are you monitoring the situation in London, ON?
We are following local health officials and connecting with other local organizations and businesses. Please read our blog and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most current information.
- I am having a hard time coping with all of this. What should I do?
It is normal for anxiety and depression symptoms to appear or be heightened: try to focus on self-care, check facts from reliable sources and follow recommendations from health officials.
If you believe you need help or are facing a mental health crisis, call Reach Out at 519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023, web chat or go to the Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre at 648 Huron St., London. These services are 24/7.