MEDIA RELEASE - Ontario Paramedics partner with Feed Ontario
TORONTO, ONTARIO - Today, the Ontario Paramedic Association (OPA) is proud of our partnership to support Feed Ontario's COVID-19 Emergency Food Box Program. This program will support food banks across the province. The Emergency Food Boxes provide enough nutrition to help families stay home and stay safe during the pandemic for one week. Every $30 box is leveraged into $100 worth of food. With increased demand and fewer volunteers available to help onsite due to physical distancing, food banks are beginning to run out of food and resources. Paramedics are heeding the call.
Earlier this week, the Ontario Government recognized paramedics' efforts on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight by offering a pandemic premium and monthly bonus. Paramedics across the province advocated for recognition of their role in Ontario's healthcare system and pandemic response. Paramedics were clear that their efforts were not about the money. The OPA has heard from an overwhelming number of paramedics that they are eager to reinvest this generous premium back into communities and to strengthen another frontline that is facing significant challenges.
Today, with the authorization of Feed Ontario, the OPA has launched the #BankThePandemicPay initiative to assist food "banks" across Ontario with the resources required to continue being a vital lifeline for those in need. Eligible paramedics, who are working more than 100 hours per month are invited to kindly consider donating their $250 per month lump sum pandemic premium to Feed Ontario. This donation will play an integral role in getting food into the hands of Ontarians who need it most.
This partnership underscores the fact that the fight against COVID-19 is a multi-faceted one. Food and sustenance for families is equally as important as personal protective equipment (PPE), which is why paramedics are keen to partner with Feed Ontario to redirect and maximize the impact of this funding to the benefit of the Ontario public they serve.
(Registered charity tax receipts provided with each donation)
Feed Ontario inquiries:
Director of Communications and Research
416-656-4100 ext. 2932
Ontario Paramedic Association inquiries:
Director of Policy & Government Relations
Ontario Paramedic Association
439 University Ave (5th Floor)
Toronto, ON M5G 1Y8