United Way raising money for local COVID-19 relief

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United Way Perth-Huron teamed up with the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre to raise funds through for their COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund to purchase added food to help local food banks.

The campaign ran from April 3-13 and raised just over $18,800.

The Distribution Centre works to provide food security for all people and is a major hub and supplier of nutritious food for food banks across Perth and Huron. HCFBDC’s collective work allows them to buy larger quantities than individual food banks are able to; allowing the organization to stretch donations further and help more people.

The COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund assists organizations in helping individuals and families in need. Organizations apply to UWPH and a volunteer committee ensures applications are reviewed quickly so funds can be distributed as soon as possible.

Applications are available here.

“We are incredibly grateful to our communities,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Thanks to over 120 donors from across our region, we raised $18,802.68. That means more individuals and families affected by this pandemic will have access to nutritious food in their communities.”

“When people are under added stress in times like these, community resources like food banks are also stressed,” added Erb. “It’s important to help ensure food banks have the resources they need to lend a hand. We appreciate those who are still able to give in our communities who stepped up to contribute to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund. We’ll continue working to help local organizations and the people they serve make it through this crisis.”

To donate to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, go to their website or call the United Way offices at (519) 271-7730 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.