The COVID-19 pandemic may be scary, but businesses are coming together to make the best of a tough situation. Recently BC Ferries announced that they would no longer serve food on the ferries, in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Because of this, over 2,400 pounds of perishable food was donated to a local food bank to supply families and individuals with fresh meals. 

BC Ferries has explained online that, due to the growing pandemic, customers are choosing not to purchase food onboard. This has caused  “tremendous food waste” on the ships. 

To combat waste and the spread of the virus, BC Ferries has decided to donate its stock of perishable goods.

A total of 2,400 pounds of perishable food was donated to a local food bank in Esquimalt.

According to KelownaNow, the company will be donating their food to Rainbow Kitchen. This space is known to serve the community and surrounding areas by supplying the most vulnerable with breakfasts and hot lunches. 

It is estimated that around 1,200 guests visit the facility daily for food security. 

Although there are some paid staff members working for the kitchen, it is mostly made up of over 200 volunteers. 

A donation like this will mean that during the COVID-19 outbreak, many people will not have to go without food. In a time where more and more people are losing their jobs, this food security could mean a lot to families and individuals alike. 

On Friday, March 20, the kitchen picked up the massive donation of food from Swartz Bay. 

The shipment included tons of goodies such as coleslaw, fresh produce, and mashed potatoes. 

If you happen to find yourself on a ferry in the near future, you may want to bring your own food. 

While there will still be vending machines operating and fully stocked, there won’t be any fresh products available for purchase. 

In an unprecedented time such as this, it’s positive to see the community come together and adapt to the changing environment. 

Other provincial companies are also helping the community the best way they can. For instance, BC Hydro is allowing all customers to defer bill payments for those who may be financially impacted by COVID-19. 

It has also been mandated that landlords can not evict low-income renters who miss rent payments during this pandemic. 

If you happen to find yourself out of work during this difficult time, Narcity has created a helpful guide for you to determine if you are eligible for EI as well as how to apply for benefits. 

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