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Community Care Durham launching new food service

Community Care Durham Launching New Food Service

DAN CEARNS The Standard

NORTH DURHAM: To help vulnerable Durham resident,s during this COVID-19 pandemic, Community Care Durham (CCD) has come up with a new service. “With the challenges of COVID-19 and the public health directives for social distancing, the demand for deliverable yet affordable food services is growing. To meet the needs of Durham’s vulnerable citizens and local businesses impacted by the public health crisis, Community Care Durham has developed a new service, the Community Food Box,” read a Community Care press release. Every year, the local charity has been involved with delivering hot and frozen meals to seniors and community members with physical and/or mental health needs across Durham. That program will continue to run. The press release explained how this new initiative will work, “In implementing this new initiative, with the support of local businesses and farms, CCD will assemble a comprehensive food box containing the essentials for healthy eating. Food Boxes will be delivered to clients by CCD volunteers and staff on a weekly basis,” the release read. “In initiating this service, Community Care Durham will begin with the Pickering and Ajax Community Hub and will eventually, next week include the other CCD Hubs in Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington and North Durham. This week’s food box contains items purchased or donated by Link Greenhouses (Bowmanville), C&N (Bowmanville), Bun King, Annina’s Bake Shop (Greenwood) and Algoma Orchards (Newcastle). The intent will be to increase the list of partners, to continue supporting local businesses and Durham Region residents, in bringing a truly ‘community’ experience.” James Meloche, CEO of Community Care Durham, explained why they are starting up this new program, “We know that the best solutions come through community connections. Building on our successful Meals on Wheels program, we are launching this program in response to the many requests for assistance in groceries and food security. We see this as [an] opportunity to help our local businesses – farmers, bakers, restaurants – to not only respond to the current health crisis but to help keep their staff employed and business sustainable. Let’s bring our community to the table of those most in need,” he said. The boxes are $30 and can be ordered by calling 1-888-255-6680. “Order on Monday with free delivery of your Food Box to your door on Friday,” read the release. Businesses looking to partner with Community Care Durham are asked to contact Mr. Meloche by email at People wishing to volunteer with either the Meals on Wheels or Community Food Box programs can call 1-888-255-6680.

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