Even for those with steady paycheques and secure housing, gathering food and supplies has been a scramble during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But for low-income and homeless people, finding a meal these days has been particularly problematic.
Many of the community dinners once available every night in the Tri-Cities have shuttered to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has volunteers and advocates struggling to get food to those in need.
“People that have money and have a home are having a hard time making sure they have the essentials right now,” said Craig Savage, the Tri-Cities community director with the CityReach Care Society. “It is even more difficult for people that have neither.”
Savage, who is based out of the Broadway Church Port Coquitlam campus, has teamed up with Debbie Fell from Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship in Coquitlam to try to fill the food gap.
Along with a group of volunteers, the pair have been bringing bagged meals to Lions Park for pickup six days a week between 4 and 5 p.m. On Tuesdays, a hot meal is prepared at Savage's church (1932 Cameron Ave.) for pickup at 6 p.m.
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