Cargill Canada is throwing its support behind North Vancouver’s Harvest Project, agreeing to match donations to the non-profit’s COVID-19 emergency food program up to $20,000.
“They wanted to do something to further support us because of the crisis. And the fact that, of course, their business worldwide is about food production and distribution,” said Kevin Lee, development officer at Harvest Project.
Harvest Project, which usually supports upwards of 300 families facing challenges at home caused by either job loss or poverty, provides its clients with one-on-one life coaching, emergency drop-in visits, as well as a by-appointment grocery and clothing program for those who need it.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, many of the non-profit’s programs and services have had to move online. Harvest Project has since been providing clients with grocery store gift cards so those people who need help getting food can acquire it themselves.
A donation towards the organization’s emergency food program will go towards funding that initiative, according to Lee.
Cargill, which operates a grain terminal on the North Vancouver waterfront, has already matched $6,800 in donations to Harvest Project.
“It is gratifying and humbling and it’s also critically important that the community, be it folks in their neighbourhoods or our business neighbours, step up and really do what they can do to support our other neighbours who are extremely vulnerable at this time,” said Lee.
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