In October and November, the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 5 is supplying MNA citizens in need with food boxes as COVID-19 relief.
Region 5 applied for a grant for ‘food rescue’ from Second Harvest, says Region 5 vice-president Hilda Lambert. The $20,000 goes toward buying local produce, canning and food vouchers from local grocery stores.
A food rescue distributes food which may otherwise go to waste.
The program supports MNA citizens in High Prairie (50), Wabasca (50), and Slave Lake and area (60). The boxes include produce and canning from 57 Legends, a farm by McLennan and canned food from Anna Enns, who farms by Smith. Vouchers are for Freson Brothers in High Prairie, Sobeys in Slave Lake, and the Northern Store in Wabasca.
Since the start of COVID-19, MNA has provided other relief, says Lambert. In April to June, this included $300 a month per Métis citizen household, with financial need. In July, Region 5 had enough left over to send out $200. A further grant “for the hardest months of the year,” November to January, is in the works.