United Way gets $100K grant for emergency food hampers for seniors

CORNWALL – The local United Way will be using federal funding it received to make sure seniors get the food they need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The agency announced today (May 14) that it got $100,343 from the Government of Canada’s $9 million New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The United Way and members of the Regional Emergency Response Council will be spending the majority of the money on food securities issues.

The council is working with local organizations such as Carefor, Seaway Valley Community Health Center, the City of Cornwall and the Service Clubs of Cornwall to expand food access for the elderly.

It’s also delivering “fully subsidized” emergency food hampers next week to qualifying seniors in Cornwall, SD&G and Akwesasne.

There were volunteers packing 1,500 food hampers at the Benson Center this week.