We are all aware the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work especially Canada. The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic is devastating-tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty. Now is the time for community solidarity and support, especially with the most vulnerable in our society, particularly in Manitoba. COVID-19 has rapidly affected our day to day life, businesses, disrupted our movements. The Covid-19 pandemic has had significant psychological and social effects in our community. The impact on psychological well-being of the most exposed groups, including children, college students, and health workers, who are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of distress.  We must recognize this opportunity to build back better. 

In Lieu of this, over the last few months SALNAM executive have had the privilege of dropping off grocery care packages to our seniors, the most vulnerable and single mothers. Earlier on in the pandemic, we reached out to some of our community members via phone to do a wellness check and we identified these three groups as being the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This awesome initiative was all made possible by funding we received from the federal government and provincial government through ACOMI. Our first successful grocery supply and PPE to our community seniors and single mother was done between August and November 2020. The second funding we got was in February 2021, and it is ongoing. Many seniors and single parents and the most vulnerable have received their packages.

The executive would like to thank everyone who opened their door and allowed us to drop off supplies to them. The feedback we received is appreciated and encouraging. It is our hope and earnest prayer that God will continue to protect us and shield our community from this virus. We are quite aware of the constraints you are going through. It is not easy for our community, but as an executive we will continue to fight to produce the good for you. We also got assistance from Ethno cultural. They sent $50 of food vouchers through SALNAM to our most vulnerable seniors.

We will continue to apply for more funding as we continue to experience this unprecedented moment in our life. Let’s continue to embrace one another and give support where it is need.


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