Posted on Nov 20, 2020
For more than 30 years low income families throughout Delta have been receiving hampers of food at Christmas time to give a hand up in making their festive season a little happier. There have been 650 families receiving these food hampers in recent time, thanks to food drives in Delta schools and to Deltassist, which runs the program with donations and volunteers from many Delta charities and non-profits.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic there are no school food drives. Nor is there the small army of volunteers packing and delivering door-to-door 1,200 to 1,500 boxes (two to three boxes of food per hamper depending upon the size of the family) with canned goods, dry goods like pasta, bread, cookies, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, candy canes and a 5 to 7 kg. turkey.
Instead, the Tsawwassen Order of Old Bastards (TOOB) has received $17,000 in emergency funding from the Delta Foundation towards purchase of food gift cards for the 650 families.
Tsawwassen Order of Old Bastards
The funding for the grant comes from the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), to support charities for vulnerable populations, hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. The emergency community funding is administered across the country by Community Foundations of Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada, along with two other networks, United Way and Red Cross. This Round 2 of funding follows Round 1 of the ECSF campaign completed in July.
TOOB serves the community of South Delta by providing financial and physical assistance to seniors, youth and others in need, by way of monetary donations, food hampers and cooking food or giving assistance at other organizations' events helping people in need in our community. In addition we give bursaries to local high school grads in need of assistance to allow them to pursue further education. Its work on Christmas Hampers serves families in need throughout Delta.