Responding to the Coronavirus pandemic—from the desk of the executive director

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe during this uncertain time.

As last week came to a close, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) moved from a far-away news story to a local one that is affecting most of us in very real ways. These are unusual and quickly changing times.

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, scared or depressed, or if your mental health is suffering, please reach out and talk to someone.

The Foodgrains Bank is carefully monitoring the changing situation and adjusting plans to do our part to help stop the spread of the virus and keep people safe, including our staff and everyone around us—especially the most vulnerable in our communities. As responsible citizens in this unprecedented global crisis, we all have a role to play. We need to take care of one another, whether it be reaching out to neighbors and friends, putting together care packages for health care workers, or giving to public health organizations at the frontlines.

We know that you are also concerned about the global community. For countries already facing long-running crises, the coronavirus is a huge threat.

Far too many families around the world continue to face hunger, and the number will increase due to the pandemic and economic slowdown. People who are displaced because of conflict or natural disasters are often undernourished and live in poor sanitary conditions. If the coronavirus eventually finds its way to these places, it will cause tremendous damage. We will be working with our partners around the world to help sustain their programs and support their efforts to respond to the crisis.

As we continue helping families around the world facing hunger, we ask you to join us in praying for all those who may be affected by the pandemic. We can also respond by helping others where we can—by following public health advice, considering those most at risk, and supporting those who will lose income or face other significant disruptions to their lives.

Together, we can face this unique challenge, and together we can do our part to help our neighbours, both at home and afar.

Jim Cornelius
Executive Director
Canadian Foodgrains Bank

P.S. For ideas on how to pray, give, learn, and advocate during this time, click here.