Covid-19 Response

Gift Cards for Women affected by intimate partner violence and homeless women

Thanks to a generous donation, the Women’s Centre is able to purchase bulk gift cards to help women purchase food and other essential supplies. The cards will be purchased through Safeway (Sobey’s) and distributed to our clients, and via our community partners working with these populations.

Good Food Box Logo

The Good Food Box Program had to cancel regular operations due to the pandemic. In response, the Women’s Centre has partnered with other local/regional food security programs to provide a REGIONAL FIRST NATIONS EMERGENCY GOOD FOOD BOX and an EMERGENCY GOOD FOOD BOX FOR SENIORS.

In collaboration with Roots to Harvest, the Thunder Bay Good Food Box will create an EMERGENCY GOOD FOOD BOX that includes healthy, non-perishables and fresh produce (e.g. Bread, pasta, pasta sauce, oatmeal, cheese, tuna, soup, as well as fresh vegetables and fruit) to supplement the diets of Seniors on low income. This effort will focus on getting food to Seniors that have no family to drop by with groceries, and those seniors that are living on low incomes from Ontario Old Age Security and Canadian Pension Plan. We will work with Building Managers and Tenant Support Workers at existing Good Food Box Host Sites to distribute the Emergency GFB to those most in need.

This program will deliver 100 boxes weekly for four weeks at staggered locations (north and south wards). We will also try to source some of the food items locally so that we can support our local economy.

Joining Roots to Harvest and the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre/Good Food Box in this initiative are: Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board/Seniors Housing Buildings (identifying seniors in need and helping with distribution); and NorWest Community Health Centre (helping  to identify seniors and with distribution).

In collaboration with the Indigenous Food Circle, the Thunder Bay Good Food Box program will alleviate food shortages in First Nations in the District by providing a REGIONAL FIRST NATIONS EMERGENCY GOOD FOOD BOX, delivering 1152 boxes to three regional locations for the next two months. This Emergency GFB will include non-perishable items as well as fresh fruit and vegetables, ordered in Thunder Bay and shipped to three drop-off locations in the region. Indigenous Food Circle volunteers and Good Food Box staff will train local volunteers and coordinate packing into individual boxes on site.

The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre/Good Food Box has an ongoing collaboration with the Indigenous Food Circle to build capacity toward food security and self-determination. Currently we supply six First Nation communities with our regular monthly Good Food Box program, and we continue to receive requests from First Nations looking to source fresh, affordable and nutritious food, which is generally not available where they live.

Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre and Good Food Box are very grateful to the Thunder Bay COVID-19 Community Response Fund for supporting both these initiatives, and to our partners Roots to Harvest and Indigenous Food Circle.