Canmore Rotary club continues to provide covid relief

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As COVID-19 continues to alter lives the community, Canmore Rotary Club have been raising money through “Rotary COVID-19 Relief Fund” since March 21, 2020. To date over $130,000.00 has been raised working with the stakeholder organization and agencies serving Canmore, MD of Bighorn, Kananaskis and Morley to assess ongoing community needs,”

The club recently announced additional grants from its COVID 19 Relief Fund. The Bow Valley Primary Care Network received $15,000 for the Good Food Box to subsidize monthly food boxes for those needing some help to acquire healthy food.

“The cost of living here is so high that basic needs such as fresh fruit and veg are unable to consistently be met by many community members. Being able to provide a subsidized monthly box of these staples, for almost half of the cost of what it would be in the supermarkets here, has an incredible impact,” said Laura Horsman from Bow Valley Primary Care Network.


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“Putting financial stresses aside, we at the PCN know the importance of eating vegetables and fruit for mental and physical health. I’ve witnessed the Good Food Box program light up faces and make people so appreciative of how our community can come together and look out for each other in these challenging times. And from those who access our Pay-What-You-Can program, many heartfelt thank-yous are given as they acknowledge what a difference a simple food box makes to their current situation–and generous donors such as yourselves truly deserve the praise!”

Throughout the Pandemic, the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation partnered with Banff Canmore Community Foundation and Pauw Foundation to work together to support pandemic-related needs in our community.

In this ongoing effort, two additional grants were made by Rotary: The Iyahrhe Nakoda Food Bank received $4,400 towards providing access to healthy and local food items to the most vulnerable community members in Morley, Eden Valley and Bighorn.

Canmore FCSS received $5,000 to complete their funding for their partnership with Mountain Fire Foods to deliver 1,000 meals to members of our community who need it most.

“We are so grateful to our members and donors who, together, have donated over $126,291 to the COVID 19 Relief fund at the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation” said Bob Ellard, President of the Rotary Club.
With today’s announcement, $96,781 has been distributed throughout the community.

“Through the Foundation directly, and as part of our partnership with BCCF and Pauw Foundation, we have worked hard to coordinate and distribute the funds entrusted to us in order to place donor dollars where they are most needed. Thank you to those charities who are working so hard to support our community, and to the donors who have made our support possible,” said Karen Keech, President of the Foundation.

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