Keeping communities healthy during the pandemic
Published: Dec 10, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, supporting hunger relief has never been more important. That’s why we’re proud to share that Nutrien has provided US$2 million in support for food solutions across the globe this year.
“Food banks are on the front lines responding to rapidly increasing need in our communities,” says Candace Laing, VP, Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations. “Hundreds of thousands of people are relying on these organizations for emergency food relief, and Nutrien is dedicated to helping food banks meet the growing demand. We’ve seen first-hand the important work they do, and we’re proud to partner with them in building strong and healthy communities.”
Since the onset of the pandemic, food banks have been overwhelmed. According to the World Economic Forum, one in five Americans have turned to food agencies for support since the pandemic began – a 50 percent increase. Almost half of these people are first-time users.
Nutrien’s support has reached over 250 food agencies in five countries where we operate. The funds came from Nutrien’s COVID-19 community support budget, community investments from sites and branches and employee donations through our year-round employee matching gift program.
Nutrien also made several more significant contributions to address the acute need for food over the holidays and into the new year. We are the lead donor of two Saskatchewan food campaigns – The Friendship Inn’s Fill the Plate campaign and Food Banks of Saskatchewan’s Home for the Holidays campaign. We also recently donated to Feeding Texas and multiple food agencies in our Calgary and Loveland communities. Recipient organizations include The Calgary Food Bank, Veterans Association Food Bank, Weld Food Bank, Larimer County Food Bank and Loveland’s Community Kitchen. These donations totaled approximately $500,000 in support.
Together, we can make a difference for hundreds of families in our community.