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Newfoundland family creates no-contact food bank delivery service

They repurposed their existing Facebook page about local restaurants to help connect volunteers and donors with people in need of food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
April 14, 2020
Submitted by Mehnaz Tabassum
Submitted by Mehnaz Tabassum

Mehnaz Tabassum was eating dinner with her siblings and fiancé one night when the five of them came up with a way to help out people in their hometown of St. John’s, NL who are in need of food during the COVID-19 pandemic. They decided to use their existing NL Eats page on Facebook to solicit donations of food essentials and coordinate contact-free delivery to those who, for various reasons, cannot go out to a food bank.

The group’s combined work experience in marketing, business, administration and hospitality helped them put together a solid plan and execute it quickly. Volunteers are screened for symptoms and follow strict safety measures to drop off food at the door of recipients and then phone them from the car to notify them of their arrival. Recipients so far have included seniors, people with chronic illnesses, single parents, new Canadians, and people living with disabilities.

Tabassum says the response to their project has been “overwhelming” and that their goal is to help everyone who makes a request for food.

Source: CBC News, Facebook

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