Ways to respond to the coronavirus pandemic
Caring for your neighbours near and far
The spread of coronavirus disease has created significant challenges for people around the world. We are heartened to see how communities across Canada have come together to support one another during these difficult times.
For the 821 million people facing hunger, the disruptions to food systems and economic slowdown will create new challenges, and add to their numbers. Now, more than ever, food assistance and protecting people’s livelihoods are essential.
Find resources below to GIVE, PRAY, LEARN and ADVOCATE for families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Watch our 48-minute webinar with Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius and partner staff from Lebanon and southern Africa on how COVID-19 will impact world hunger, and how we are working with members and partners to support vulnerable families.
The coronavirus pandemic is creating difficulties here at home, and we should all help others in our community where we can. In developing countries where many people are already facing hunger, the virus is a significant threat and will increase hunger rates. Just as grocery stores and expanded social safety nets are viewed as essential in Canada, our donor-funded food assistance programs are essential for families facing hunger where we work. If you are able, we encourage you to make a donation to support and sustain these programs. They are only possible with the support of compassionate people like you.
Prayer is an action you can take no matter where you are. In this uncertain time, it might be hard to know what to think, or what to pray. To help guide you, we’ve gathered a collection of prayers for families affected by the coronavirus. In your own prayers, please remember:
- Those who have lost their loved ones, homes and hope.
- Those who are imprisoned, homeless, landless, exiled or settled in refugee camps where conditions are crowded and social distancing is impossible.
- Those who rely on food assistance for their daily food, from school meals, rations or food banks.
- Those churches and organizations working to help.
- The forgotten ones who are alone or can’t access healthcare where it is available.
The Government of Canada regularly updates its website with the most recent facts, figures and resources to support Canadians during this uncertain time. For countries already facing long-running crises, the coronavirus disease is a huge threat. Learn more about the potential effects on vulnerable communities around the world, including those living in refugee camps and for undernourished children.
- What are the implications of COVID-19 on food assistance?
- Risk of hunger pandemic as COVID-19 set to almost double acute hunger by end of 2020
- COVID-19 pandemic – impact on food and agriculture
For those who are at home and looking for meaningful and educational activities, we’ve gathered a selection suitable for children, adults or small groups.
As Christians, we’re called to be a voice for those in need. The impact of the global health crisis will disproportionately harm those who are already vulnerable here in Canada, and in developing countries. The world needs our voice for love, kindness and compassion. Send an e-postcard to your MP to let them know you support Canada’s efforts to help people facing hunger, especially now. Share a message on Twitter, too!
These are unprecedented and ever-evolving times. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, scared or depressed, please reach out and talk to someone. We’re all in this together.