Help and Hope – The PEC Helping PEC COVID-19 Fund

$200,395 and counting…how 178 donors are helping people during COVID-19

Helping people. It’s the foundation of what we do. In the midst of the province-wide government mandated lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, our board met virtually on March 23. Together, we established a fund to support the broader Prince Edward County community during this period of uncertainty. The board committed the first $15,000 towards a $100,000 goal during this meeting.

On April 17, the County Food Depot was launched by The Food Collective. Funding for Prince Edward County’s first Food Depot started with a COVID-19 grant from Community Food Centres of Canada and contributions from The County of Prince Edward and The County Foundation.

The Food Collective is sponsoring the County Food Depot. This local partnership includes Food To Share, Picton United Church Food Bank, StoreHouse Wellington and District Foodbank, the Municipality, the County Food Hub, Prince Edward Learning Centre, The County Foundation, Hasting Prince Edward Public Health and Community Development Council Quinte.  

Since then, the County Food Depot has been complimenting the work of local food banks and providing supplemental food to people who are facing food insecurity during the pandemic.

COUNTY FOOD DEPOT - The County Foundation
Read more: The Picton GazettePrince Edward County’s first ‘Food Depot’
The depot opened on Friday, April 17 at Picton Town Hall and continues to deliver boxes filled with fresh fruit, veggies, pantry staples and grocery cards every other Friday.

To keep current on County Food Depot news you can follow our posts on Facebook.

Demand is growing during the darkest months of 2020

In recent weeks, demand for food boxes has increased. With government support programs shifting and, in some instances, ending, we are seeing more people relying on the County Food Depot.

If you are interested in making a donation to the PEC Helping PEC COVID-19 Fund you can do so now here at Canada Helps or you can send an Interac e-Transfer to info@thecountyfoundation.ca.

Donations by cheques, securities, foreign exchange and donations to existing donor directed funds can also be made. Learn more here.

The County Foundation - PEC Helping PEC COVID-19 Fund and Food 2020
March 15, 2020, Picton Metro – photo courtesy of Dawn Ayer

To date, 178 individuals and businesses have contributed more than $200,000 to this fund. On behalf of the foundation, we sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to this important fund during this unprecedented year. Thanks to your generosity, the fund is helping the people of PEC during the pandemic.

So far, the following local organizations have received much-needed grants from the PEC Helping PEC COVID-19 Fund.

  • Foodbank Wellington & District Storehouse – General Donation, Portion of shared Food to Share grocery bill & COVID-19 Meal Program for Migrant Farm Workers
  • Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation – Food for Learning
  • Kidney Foundation of Canada – Kingston and Area | Transportation Relief to Dialysis
  • The County Food Depot – Links here:  1234
  • Picton Food Bank (Picton United Church) – General Donation & Portion of shared Food to Share Grocery Bill
  • Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation COVID-19 Fund (from The Huff Family Fund)
  • PEC Family Health Team – Maternal Infant Centre
County Food Depot volunteers - The County Foundation

Want to learn more about the PEC Helping PEC COVID-19 Fund?

Visit our COVID-19 Fund page to donate, apply for a grant and learn about the people and businesses who have given a financial gift to support the people of Prince Edward County during the pandemic.

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