Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena kitchens are busy making meals for the less fortunate instead of hockey fans this fall thanks to the extension of the Canucks COVID-19 Community Meal Program that will see upwards of 300,000 meals donated to those who need them most.
The Aquilini Family, with support from Canucks Sports & Entertainment, the Canucks For Kids Fund (CFKF) and the Toptable Group are pleased to extend the community meal program until 2021.
Since inception, this program has supported The Salvation Army and families with the Strathcona Community Centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Thanks to the support of generous Canucks fans and funding from the CFKF, the Canucks will now be able to deliver meals through the end of the year, and hopefully beyond.
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Canucks Sports & Entertainment has also teamed up with La Tablée des Chefs, who received a significant grant from the Department of Agriculture and are committed to making thousands more over the next eight weeks. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is picking up these meals three times a week and sharing with families and individuals around the Lower Mainland.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the ability of these organizations to support the growing needs of the community," said Francesco Aquilini, Chairman of Canucks Sports & Entertainment. "The Canucks COVID-19 Community Meal Program provides 3,000 meals a day, helping to provide more food security to those who need it most in some of the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Community is a pillar of our organization, and we're pleased to be able to support those who need assistance, especially through the holiday season when the need is greatest."
"The holidays, including Thanksgiving are a time when people need to feel loved and supported and valued and for someone who is living on the street this can start with a hot meal, and some conversation. Our partners at the Canuck organization allow us to offer this with their gift … and we want to thank them." - The Salvation Army
"The frozen meals provided by the Canucks are such a homemade style treat for our clients! They are convenient, healthy and nutritious for individuals and families, and our staff and volunteers love handing them out each week. We have been taking a meal-based approach when planning our weekly menu, and these meals make it so much easier for people who might be juggling between work, family, and/or school. Thank you for your support!" - Greater Vancouver Food Bank
For more information on their roles in the community, please visit the Salvation Army at salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank at foodbank.bc.ca, and Strathcona Community Centre at strathconacc.ca.