Off-duty firefighters in Vancouver will be volunteering their time to deliver care packages to those in need as part of a new initiative to help combat COVID-19.
Vancouver Firefighter Charities (VFC) will be taking part in a new community outreach program that will provide every-day essentials to the most vulnerable residents in the city.
"The COVID-19 crisis is having a devastating impact on our city and many seniors and other vulnerable people aren't able to shop for groceries, cleaning products, and other potentially life-saving items,” James Docherty, executive director of VFC, said in a press statement.
These care packages will be delivered to seniors, immune-compromised individuals, and/or people living with chronic illnesses, who are currently self-isolating and unable to leave their homes.
Essential items like cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, and food hampers containing perishable goods donated by Sequoia Company of Restaurants (the Teahouse, the Sandbar, Seasons in the Park, and Cardero’s), Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktails Bar, the Belgian Chocolate Café, and the Holy Crab, will be provided.
"With the generous support of our hospitality industry partners, VFC will continue to serve Vancouver's most vulnerable population with much-needed food and supplies,” added Docherty.
"While our restaurants have closed for now, we are continuing to do everything we can to provide nourishment and food security to members of the community who are in need,” Eva Gates, vice president of operations and human resources at Sequoia Company of Restaurants, said in a press statement.
Other dining establishments around town have also donated perishable food items to non-profits in Vancouver during the pandemic, in efforts to limit food waste due to the mandatory closure of all restaurants.