March 19, 2020 We’re here to help as long as we can, however we can. Snapshots from this week at The Stop: Volunteers pack hampers, Jermaine demonstrates safe social distancing, and Rosealee sorts fresh produce. These are difficult, unprecedented times. It’s more important than ever for us to look after each other—especially those who are most at-risk in our community. The Stop is committed to supporting our community during this pandemic for as long as we can, however we can. Right now, that means emergency food access services. Today, we gave out 127 healthy food hampers to feed 253 people. 45 were for street-based youth. We saw 24 new people sign up—our highest number of new intakes by far (normally, 9 new people is a busy day). And we cooked 310 healthy takeout meals and gave them to our community. This was just one day. These numbers are steep, and unfortunately we know that they will continue to rise. The coming days will be unpredictable. So many of us are one missed paycheque away from using a food bank – something that will be felt acutely as more and more businesses are forced to shut down. We are so, so grateful for all of the incredible donors and supporters who have come together to help our work continue. If feels like every time we turn around, a neighbour has come by with a care package of hand sanitizer and baby wipes, a restaurant has dropped off food they can no longer sell, or a donor is calling to offer their support. To each and every one of you, thank you. Our work is vital right now, but it’s no replacement for the government ensuring that everyone in our communities has access to food, shelter, and healthcare. Sadly, we know things will get worse before they get better, and we must demand more. This cannot be the status quo. Please watch The Stop’s social media for updates in the coming days. We’re always here at @TheStopCFC From all of us at The Stop, thank you for your support.