MONTREAL – The risk of a second wave of contamination of the COVID-19 and the slowdown of the economic activity of concern to the national organization, which distributes food and gifts to all regions of Quebec, while the health crisis is not over.
Due to the pandemic, food Banks of Quebec was able to distribute the equivalent of $ 40 million since mid-march, including $ 21 million in monetary donations and more than 3.2 million pounds of food, representing a value of $19 million.
The organization is concerned, however, the risk of a second wave while the first is not totally behind us. It is estimated that the possible revision of government programs and the economic situation in general could have tangible impacts over the next 12 to 24 months leading to a further increase of applications.
The availability of labour is also another concern of the organization, which argues that it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit volunteers that are needed to meet growing demand.
“We don’t know what the future holds for us, but we continue to work to be ready to respond to new demands,” pointed out Julie Marchand, executive director of food Banks of Quebec.
The agency reported Friday that the crisis of the COVID-19 effect has been undeniable on food insecurity in Quebec. Just for the month of April, the organization was said to have seen an increase of 50 % of the quantities of food distributed by its members Harvest.