GIVE THE GIFT OF STABILITY
Allan, a dad of three girls and four boys, with ages ranging from six months to 15 years old is currently unemployed due to COVID-19 layoffs. The family is relying on his partner’s single income. Like many lower-and limited-income families, Allan and his partner were finding it challenging to provide nutritious meals for their children while balancing increasing household expenses.
Thanks to a free food market provided by Oaklands Community Centre, a United Way funded partner, Allan and his family now receive an extra batch of groceries that has been critical to their well-being. The food from the free market has eased some of the financial pressure and allowed Allan to better manage their budget by supplying the family with more than two days’ worth of meals a week.
“Food security is family security,” Allan shares. “If there isn’t food security, it increases anxiety, and stress levels for everybody go up.”