Are you worried about food?
Do you sometimes wonder how you’ll put food on the table for you and your family? Are you concerned about the upcoming fall and winter?
SIRCH Community Services is looking to the community to help them assess the need for food in general and SIRCH’s frozen meals specifically. While requests for the meals have increased dramatically, SIRCH isn’t sure it’s all COVID related.
We are connecting with local food banks, community organizations, and residents to collect information and experiences on the impact of the pandemic as it relates to their ability to purchase nutritious food. We’re also asking some additional questions to try to gather information that might be helpful in creating solutions to food insecurity in our county. Already we have made valuable and meaningful connections in the community, and the research being done will have a greater impact on Haliburton County.
An online survey will help capture issues in regards to food security and whether they are COVID related or not.. The survey is completely confidentiality. No names or identifying information will be given out.
SIRCH appreciates and values everybody who takes the time to complete the survey and share their story. This information is highly valuable and will help shape their outreach programs going forward.
Click HERE to complete the Food Security Survey
A COVID Update from SIRCH Community Services — May
Covid-19 has affected us all. But the effects of the pandemic on some residents of Haliburton County have been harder than on others. Seniors make up 32% of our population. 30% of families are led by single parents. Haliburton County has a 23% child poverty rate. These residents are extra vulnerable and need help.
So what is SIRCH doing?
Haliburton’s own Rowan Tofflemire gives us a firsthand look at how SIRCH Community Services has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our chef and his team are cooking and freezing 600-800 healthy meals and soups every week to give out free! We send them to low-income seniors and family housing units in Minden, Haliburton and Wilberforce, to HHHS, Dorset Health Hub and other organizations, and to food banks.
Prepared meals are essential for those who are elderly, ill, lacking resources, experiencing depression/anxiety, self-isolating or homeless. The meals are free and available to anyone.
With the help of Lakeside Baptist Church, we are also giving additional fruit (sauces, crisps) with every meal.
Everyone working with food wear face shields, gloves, masks and sanitize everything!
“They’re telling the public to have a 2 week supply of food. OMG how? I skip breakfast and lunch so my kids will be fed. My landlord told me about the SIRCH meals – they have made all the difference to us.”
“I was self-isolating and feeling very lonely. My neighbour brought me some meals from SIRCH. It was the bright spot in my day!”
We are open on weekends for take-out … Saturdays and Sundays from 11 – 2 our staff or volunteers, using social distancing, hand out dozens of meals at 2 Victoria Street in Haliburton.
Over the past few months people donated over 1,200 cloth masks they had lovingly made. SIRCH Partnered with Haliburton Highlands Health Services who sanitized them, kept some for their front line staff, and the rest we distributed to various agencies and residents throughout our community. A huge thank you to all who took the time to make these masks and for HHHS for working with us on this project.
We are supporting pregnant women and women with young children in both Haliburton County and in City of Kawartha Lakes through our CAPC and CPNP Programs, who are living in “conditions of risk” such as low income, single parenting, facing health or mental health issues, etc. Although not gathering in groups we are able to call, text, meet via Zoom, offer gift cards and other resources.
We have paused Repair Café, School’s Cool, Cook It Up, Ready for Retail, and our Catering for a Cause until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
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Ways you can help:
- Pick up some free healthy meals on the weekend and take them to a neighbour, friend or family member who could use them.
- Purchase something from the SIRCH Thrift Warehouse online store.
- Donate good used furniture or household items to Thrift Warehouse by appointment.
- Sew fabric masks for frontline workers, and bring them to SIRCH for distribution.
- Donate to SIRCH via:
- VISA or Master Card – give monthly or one-time. Call in with your card: 705-457-1742
- Online (go to our website www.sirch.on.ca)
- Via e-transfer (email@example.com – send password in a separate email)
- By cheque. Drop off or mail to SIRCH Community Services, Box 687, 49 Maple Ave, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0