Here at the Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario, rumours have been spread intentionally about an outbreak of pending generosity across the region. After weeks of marketing and spending fatigue, it is being reported that our social caring immune system is under attack and has been seriously compromised. Wellness promotion and stress prevention consultants across the charity profession are encouraging afflicted individuals and organizations to seek support and treatment immediately. A variety of prescribed remedies have proven effective. Paying it forward has always been effective as a holistic way of addressing a plethora of ailments. Sharing food in the form of meals or groceries goes to work quickly, with minimal side-effects; providing comforting relief for the empty belly symptom, often associated with pangs of hunger. It is generally acknowledged that a long term cure is possible if we address the root cause of our poverty epidemic. For this to succeed we will need a number of agents to work interactively: political will, social consciousness, increased infrastructure, education, and health promotion. In the meantime we are suggesting that our recurring virus be best treated with financial donations and kindness to others. Give generously. Donate your time, and spread the message to others: by phone, social media, face to face conversations. Make giving instantly contagious.
Can you imagine a world where philanthropy goes viral?
Our goals are as follows:
- create a reliable and equitable emergency food delivery system throughout the region
- coordinate food collection from: individuals, gardens, farms, processors, retailers, and organizations
- promote the universal right to access a sustainable supply of healthy and culturally appropriate food
- provide food related instruction and hands on food preparation volunteer opportunities
The RFDA hopes to fulfill this mission by better securing and distributing emergency food to meet the needs in Northwestern Ontario. The RDFA was formed in June 2003 to develop and implement a coordinated strategy for the delivery of donated food to community organizations who provide for those with food shortage. Its current membership includes food distributing agencies from the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario and Region.
We provide food to food banks.