Northern community food centre adapts to tackle COVID-19 food insecurity

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“The centre was created because our community needed support,” Sylvestre said. “We needed to have a place where we can go and teach children to do basic things in life, to bake to learn food safety. But most of all, for land based programming.”

Since the pandemic hit northwest Saskatchewan, Sylvestre’s life has been running at a frenetic pace.

As the frontline worker for the food centre, she and a team of volunteers portion and drop off about 200 food packages every two weeks. The team also processes and portions out meat from hunters, trappers and fisherman.

In her position as volunteer treasurer, Hebert has been hard at work securing grants while Sylvestre continues to deliver programming remotely over Facebook. Most recently, a grant from the Meadow Lake Tribal Council procured enough seeds to ensure every community member would be able to have a backyard garden.