At the centre of making sure your community is healthy are your local food banks.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks have been on the frontlines responding to the increased need of our communities every day. As a result, many of the 3,000 + food banks and community agencies that support the food banks from coast-to-coast have experienced significant challenges over the past year.
Some of the challenges faced include drastic reductions in volunteers and staff, cancelled food drives and fundraising events due to frontline demands, and food shortages, with many locations only having ten to 14 days of food in stock.
The growing needs and impact are real, and food bank use is expected to continue rising in the near future.
Through these challenging times, food banks have stepped up to help their communities and continue to prove their resilience by responding with some of the following actions:
- Facilitating the provision of healthy meal kits to children
- Making innovative adjustments to address increased service demands while protecting the health and safety of clients, employees and volunteers - some of which include infection prevention and control practices as well as shifting the distribution models to offer scheduled appointments for pick-ups and drop-offs
- Food Banks Canada is also working closely with local food banks and all levels of government to ensure the network can meet the expected rise in demand
In order for the food banks to continue operating and supporting those in need, they need the local community’s support, and that’s where TELUS Health can help.
As part of its commitment to building healthier communities, TELUS Health is leveraging the power of technology to help Delta residents make a difference in their own lives, and the community.
For a limited time, TELUS Health is giving $5 to the North Delta Food Bank for each Delta resident that downloads and registers for the Babylon by TELUS Health app by May 31, 2021 – up to a maximum of $2,000.
The Babylon by TELUS Health service is available through an easy-to-use smartphone app, and it includes a tool called Healthcheck, which you can use to gain real insights into your physical and mental health. It also includes personalized tips, so users can proactively make small changes to improve overall health and well-being.
The app is one small way that, together with TELUS, we can make a difference in our community.
Making positive changes through the use of digital tools like Babylon by TELUS Health and its features like Healthcheck could prevent illnesses before they happen, so you and your family can do even more to give back to the community where you live.