City working with community partners to address community needs
It is essential that during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, that the needs of our most vulnerable population are met. The City of Regina has taken the lead with 30 non-profit social service providers and the Province of Saskatchewan to assess risks and gaps and to coordinate a crisis response.
The City and Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger (REACH) are leading an initiative to support the delivery of lunches to children and youth who previously relied on food programs through their local school. Working along side other community-based organizations, such as Chili for Children, Regina Food Bank and Regina Food for Learning, the program will assemble an anticipated 750 to 1,000 lunch bags per day, 7 days a week.
The City is working with Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL) to use their facilities to prepare the lunches, which will be distributed at City facilities located throughout Regina. Our target is to have the program operational by Wednesday, March 25, 2020; however, as situations are changing, we will keep the community informed should this date change.
Support is also being provided to assist the Regina Food Bank in its plan to expand hamper distribution to all areas of the city.
The City is working together with non-profit social services organizations and the Province on solutions to help address shortages in shelter housing and provide safe housing for our homeless population.
The City is also working through its supply channels to assist agencies facing shortage is supplies, such as masks, gloves and disinfectants, to secure access to additional materials.
With the closure of schools and programming the issue of child and youth engagement needs to be explored. These discussions have started, and we will be looking to our other partner municipalities to see how they are dealing with this issue.
More details on services and programs will be announced and updates will be provided on Regina.ca/coronavirus as further information becomes available.