During the month of January, Daily Bread Food Bank, in partnership with the Red Cross Mobile Food Bank, will launch a pilot project to deliver healthy, home-made meals to individuals who cannot access food banks and/or have barriers to preparing food at home.
Currently, Red Cross delivers food bank style groceries to people who have been medically assessed and have been determined to not be able to access traditional food programs. However, food bank style food such as uncooked food, canned, and even fresh produce, often does not meet the particular needs of individuals with intersecting issues such living in a rooming house without adequate cooking facilities, difficulties associated with health conditions that make mobility an issue, or mental health issues that can make preparing a meal a challenge.
Using our food production resources, our kitchen team and volunteers will prepare and package single-serve, frozen meals, which will then be delivered by Red Cross to their client base at no cost.
This six-month pilot project will see 2,000 meals delivered per month and may form the blueprint for expanded service in the city. This is another step forward in our rights-based approach to food as we work to provide low-barrier, respectful and dignified service and to empower and prioritize the needs of those we serve.
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