Manitoba’s Nurses Support Local Food Banks

Publish date: Wednesday, May 06, 2020

The Manitoba Nurses Union and Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions are proud to announce a total donation of $5000 to food banks across the province, MNU President Darlene Jackson announced today.

“Nurses are on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, and understand the impact the pandemic is having directly and indirectly on communities across the province,” said Jackson. “I’d like to thank CFNU for joining us in providing support to food banks that are essential for assisting Manitobans through this difficult time.”

The list of organizations that received support are:

  • Salvation Army, Community Food Bank (Portage la Prairie)                              
  • South East Helping Hands (Steinbach)                                                   
  • Samaritan House Resource Centre & Food Bank (Brandon)                                             
  • Thompson Homeless Shelter (Nanatowicho Wikamik)                                      
  • Interlake Food Bank (Stonewall)
  • Winnipeg Harvest                                                                  

As nurses continue to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and assist with preventing spread of the virus, they are also witnessing the impact it is having on the social determinants of health. Socioeconomic well-being and health outcomes are closely intertwined, and this is increasingly evident as the economy contracts. Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer expects the Canadian economy to fall by 12 per cent this year – the sharpest decrease on record. Manitoba’s economy is expected to take a big hit, resulting in widespread job losses.

“The nursing profession is all about caring for others, and I know many of our members are donating what they can to charities and other worthy causes,” added Jackson. “We are encouraging all MNU members and Manitobans, if they have the ability to do so, to support local charities of their choice.”

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