Since the beginning of the COVID-19 state of emergency in Saskatchewan, our provincial food banks have seen an immense increase in demand. Much of this increase is coming from first-time visitors and children, now needing support after their lives changed overnight when the pandemic arrived in our province. The 32 food banks across our province require urgent additional resources to continue serving the community while protecting staff, volunteers and their clients. The Food Banks of Saskatchewan has identified a $6 million goal to address our communities’ needs.
As medical trainees, we spend four years studying in medical school and then 2-7 years of training as resident doctors before becoming independently practicing doctors. Throughout this pandemic, our medical students have volunteered to help our healthcare system through COVID-19 contact tracing and PPE collection, while also supporting our local communities by pairing with older adults to mitigate social isolation, offering respite to the families of healthcare staff, and raising funds for Northern communities such as La Loche. At the same time, our resident doctors have been working on frontline healthcare teams providing care to people affected by COVID-19 and others who need to access the healthcare system. Beyond providing care to people in hospitals and clinics, we recognize that secure access to food is vital to the health of our community. This is why Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan and Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan have partnered to launch the “Feeding Saskatchewan” campaign to raise funds for Food Banks of Saskatchewan. This has been supported by the Saskatchewan Medical Association. Please join us in donating to the campaign which runs until June 22, 2020. We have an initial goal of raising $35,000 which feeds all users of the food banks in the province for a week.
If you wish to donate to one of the 32 food banks directly, please specify in the message field of the online donation page or specify directly on the cheque. Your local food bank may need volunteers or non-perishable goods. Contact details: https://skfoodbanks.ca/find-a-food-bank/.
How to Donate:
- Direct link to our donation page: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/49357
- Select “Feeding Saskatchewan” in the “FUND” drop down menu. This will enable us to gather total donations and assist with donation matching.
- Indicate “Feeding Saskatchewan: Medical Trainees” on your cheque .
- Mail to: Food Banks of Saskatchewan. 202 Avenue C South, Saskatoon SK S7M 1N2
- To arrange pickup by a campaign volunteer, email: [email protected]