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Takeout containers, bottled water needed for safe food distribution in DTES

Last Updated Apr 22, 2020 at 10:43 pm PDT

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Takeout containers, disposable cutlery, food packaging, and bottled water needed for Vancouver COVID donation program

Items needed to help distribute food on DTES and provide drinking water to those isolating

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Getting food and water to those in need is a high priority for Vancouver’s COVID-19 donation program that desperately needs disposable packaging and bottled water.

Since the Give a Hand Vancouver program started donations have poured in with necessary items like soaps and masks, but now the organization is calling for take-out containers, food packaging, and disposable cutlery to deliver food to people on the Downtown Eastside, as well bottled water for people isolating without access to drinking water.

“The City is focused on protecting our residents and ensuring that our most vulnerable populations have access to the services they need – including fresh food and water,” said City Manager Sadhu Johnston.

“We acknowledge that our request for take-out containers and bottled water may seem counter-intuitive for a city who has championed zero waste policies, however, our priority during these extraordinary times is doing what we can to keep our residents healthy and safe. If you are a business who is able to donate these items, we would encourage you to do so and help to hygienically feed those most affected by this pandemic.”

Even if someone doesn’t have these items, they can still donate what they can through the community response fund. The money goes to community groups in the city and has raised $6.7-million so far.