Hamilton, ON – On Wednesday, local MPP Sarah Jama met with Food for Life to recognize the $662,600 Grow grant they received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The funds allowed Food for Life to successfully bring over 2 million lbs. of nutritious fresh rescued food into the community, distributing it through 10 agency partners and 17 food programs, providing sustenance to more than 2,800 individuals in need.
“I am pleased to recognize the profound impact of the Grow grant awarded to Food for Life through the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Sarah Jama, MPP for Hamilton Centre. “This funding has empowered Food for Life to meet the growing demand for food assistance while expanding on their decades of success in our community. Food for Life’s remarkable partnership with Hamilton’s grocers and food industry not only combats food insecurity but also strengthens community bonds. This partnership exemplifies the positive change that can be achieved when organizations and government work together for the well-being of our community.”
This crucial funding has empowered Food for Life to meet the escalating demand for food assistance in Hamilton while building upon the resounding success of their 25+ year model in the Halton Region. With a focus on healthy rescued food, Food for Life actively collaborates with Hamilton’s grocers and food industry partners, optimizing food pickups and ensuring seamless delivery to agencies serving vulnerable populations.
Hamilton community members have expressed their appreciation for Food for Life’s efforts. One resident shared, “I feel like eating it. It’s colourful, and it tastes good too. The food here is wonderful! I’ve never been to a food bank like this.”
Meaghan Richardson, the Interim Executive Director of Food for Life, conveyed her gratitude for the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s unwavering support, stating, “The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s backing of our food rescue and distribution endeavours in Hamilton has enabled us to meet the increased food needs during the Covid-19 pandemic and continues to fortify our community through enhanced capacity, new food rescue relationships, and deep, impactful partnerships, positioning Hamilton to address the city’s ongoing food security crisis.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Visit otf.ca to learn more.