West Windsor Food Hub Opens with Support from Feds and City

The Unemployed Help Center has launched a new food distribution hub in west Windsor, Ont. to help those struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk and Ward 2 Councilor Fabio Costante were on hand at the new hub outside the Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex to announce $503,781 for the Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association Thursday.

The Funding is part of the $100-million Emergency Fund for food security announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in April.

Help center CEO and food bank association June Muir says the money will help buy food items that aren’t normally donated.

“We want these funds to last; they’re for the whole association. We want to make sure everybody has food because we don’t know if we’re going to hit a second wave [of COVID-19],” she says. “We’re going to need food and we want to be really responsible.”

She says residents should be very proud of what they helped keep moving during tough times.

“We have just had an outpouring of support of help, not only from our governments through the foodbank network, but also from the generous people of Windsor and Essex County,” she says.

Muir says the city continues to go above and beyond in support of area food banks.

“We’re really appreciative that we have this space. I reached out to Mayor Drew Dilkens, who continues to support us along with the City of Windsor workers from CUPE 82 and 543,” she added.

Food hampers will be distributed via contactless pick-up in the parking lot of the complex at 1551 Wyandotte St. W.

Muir says hampers can be picked up via car and on foot.

The hub will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 2 pm

— with files from AM800’s Kristy Lee Varley

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