Today, we received email from our MPP, reminding us of the importance of social distancing. As many people have been saying for at least a couple of days now, can we please change this phrase to “physical distancing“?
With apologies to Clay Bennett for altering the wording on his cartoon
It’s nice to be able to laugh and I know I’m probably preaching to the choir, but there are still too many people who haven’t grasped the meaning of “social distancing” and seem to think it is simply an instruction to not talk to strangers as they are pressing forward to get that last package of toilet paper when you are selecting dried beans from the shelf located on the other side of the aisle.
Subject: COVID-19 Update: Resources you may find helpful
Date: Sun, March 22, 2020 9:54 pm
I want to stress the importance of social distancing. It is a key step in slowing the spread of COVID-19. I am continuously hearing from constituents about people crowding around in public places. Please stop this. As Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Tam said, we need to "Plank The Curve", which means we need everyone to practice social distancing all the time. Every person's action makes a big difference. Please keep in mind, even if you are healthy, you could be spreading COVID-19. Please take this very seriously as we have community spread happening.
– email message from our MPP
The importance of flattening the curve really cannot be stressed enough. In the coming weeks, none of us will be untouched; all of us will know someone who has succumbed to this terrible virus. The only way that we can try to save our heroic health care workers is for us to diligently practice physical distancing. Not just old people. Everyone.
We’ve been under lockdown for over 3 days now. It’s officially supposed to last for 2 weeks but I’m sure it will be extended. […] [S]taying home because you want to is easier than staying home because you have to. -Katie Z, Thyme for Cooking, 20 March 2020
We aren’t under lock-down here (yet) but we have been strongly advised to “go home and stay home”. Fortunately, we have anticipated this and have made sure that we have staples: beans, rice, flour, dried pasta, dried milk, frozen vegetables, oil, salt, pepper. And yes, we also have the unnecessaries: sugar, chocolate, coffee, butter, cheese, wine, spices galore, etc. etc.
But. What about those who don’t have a home? Or if all they have is a roof over their heads, but nothing on the kitchen shelves?
Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
When she came there,
The Cupboard was bare
In this time of Physical Distancing, we may not be able to donate actual food. But we can donate funds so that the wonderful relief agencies will be able to purchase much needed staples for those who cannot provide those things for themselves.
Because it isn’t easy staying at home, is it?
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40% of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)
Providing food to those in need can be difficult at the best of times. With COVID-19, that task just got harder. Yet food banks continue to be leaders in their communities in providing food to those that live with food insecurity.
• Food banks are already seeing drastic declines in the number of volunteers that are able to support their work in the days/weeks ahead.
• Food banks are concerned about the amount of stock they have access to as a dwindling workforce means fewer pickups.
• Most food banks are worried about how to financially support themselves through this crisis and beyond.
• While the public prepares for possible impacts of COVID-19, food bank users cannot afford the same measure, leaving them more vulnerable.
– Food Banks Canada, COVID-19 | Impact on Food Banks and How You Can Help
While businesses and organizations shut down across the province in response to COVID-19, food banks remain on the front lines to ensure that adults, children, and seniors in need still have access to food in this time of extreme uncertainty. […] However, they are depleting resources much quicker than they are receiving them and need your help to continue playing this essential role in their communities across Ontario. […] You can help [by donating] funds […] Every $1 donated can provide 3 meals to someone facing hunger during this crisis.
– Feed Ontario, Help Ontario’s Food Banks Respond To COVID-19
Food banks across the country can get deals that regular shoppers can only dream of, because they buy in bulk and build partnerships with stores and suppliers to get items at discounted prices. […] As of 2016, about 850,000 Canadians were relying on food banks to survive, a number that Food Banks Canada CEO Chris Hatch said is “stubbornly high.” […] Buying in bulk with donated money can also be a more efficient way to get food on the tables of families who need it.
– Angela Bosse, CBC News | What to consider before you donate to a food bank, 10 December 2018
There are many reputable aid agencies working to help feed the chronically hungry worldwide. Here are just a few of them to help you to help others. Please look in your community for others.
- WFP United Nations World Food Program
:: COVID-19 pandemic “The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is disrupting the world as we knew it, with a heavy toll on human lives and economic activities. Its rapid global spread is threatening to affect millions of people already made vulnerable by food insecurity, malnutrition and the effects of conflict and other disasters. […] WFP is adapting its planning to ensure they will continue receiving the assistance they need.”
- Agencies working within Canada
:: Daily Bread Foodbank
:: Feed Ontario (formerly ‘The Ontario Association of Food Banks’)
:: Second Harvest
:: Canadian Association of Food Banks
(If you have something to add or say about ending world hunger – particularly during this time of COVID-19, please remember to post your thoughts and ideas on your blog, facebook, at work, etc. etc.)