UNITED SIKHS, a global humanitarian non-profit organisation, has launched Emergency Food Banks in Canada to assist with the overwhelming demand for food, supplies and hygiene products to help those in need due to Coronavirus outbreak.
It has come as a great help as cities across the globe citizens are being asked to work from home or social distance themselves while health organizations prepare testing sites, hospital units and clinics.
Recently, UNITED SIKHS has appealed to the public to avoid, “panic buying” of supplies. In response, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Service stated that the food supply in Canada will remain unaffected by the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition, a warning was sent out to business owners who are allegedly taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis by overpricing goods. However, the demand for supplies is still a daily concern for homebound elderly population and families with children who are no longer able to receive daily school lunches
“When the general public is asked to stock their shelves for an undetermined amount of time, they overlook a great number of families who cannot afford to do so,” reports UNITED SIKHS Operations Manager, Canadian Chapter, Harpreet Singh. “For those families, UNITED SIKHS is dedicated to making sure they receive the supplies they need.”
UNITED SIKHS urges those who need Emergency Food Bank supplies to fill out a form here, or by contacting UNITED SIKHS directly (905) 672-2245 for assistance. Populations urged to call for this support are at- home elderly persons with pre-existing conditions, and low-income households with children.
The free supplies include: Canned goods, Hot meals, Dry goods, Medicines, (Over-the -counter meds).
UNITED SIKHS Chief Executive Officer Jagdeep Singh, urged “Our seniors, children and vulnerable groups with pre-existing medical conditions are suffering the most due to this pandemic. Those who are financially able should consider donating to UNITED SIKHS today so this free Emergency Food Bank of life essentials can be expanded to everyone who needs it.”
In step with the UNITED SIKHS mission, humanitarian action is needed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity during and after disasters caused by natural hazards. The UNITED SIKHS goal is to always prevent and strengthen preparedness for emergency situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic.