Members of the Vermilion Bay Lions Club are working to support residents across the region in the fight against COVID-19 and food insecurity.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Vermilion Bay’s Lions Hall has been designated as an Emergency Food Relief Centre, and Lions are currently working to support 25 adults and 17 children with food on a weekly basis.

District governor-elect Shirley Koroniak says the Lions and Lilian Berg Elementary School Principal Doris St. Jules began to worry about the children who have been receiving food through the region’s Nutrition on Weekends program and the Breakfast for Learning program, before schools closed.

With direction from the Northwestern Health Unit, the Lions have been able to divert Lilian Berg’s food stock to local organizations to support community members.

“The outpouring of support has been rewarding for everyone involved,” said Koroniak. “Our families receiving the support during the time of crisis are extremely thankful that the Vermilion Bay Lions have been able to mobilize in a very short time frame to serve our community.”

Lions have also been working with the Dryden Food Bank, as Lions pick up hampers for family to deliver them or have them at the Lions Hall for pickup, reducing the number of people leaving home to drive to Dryden each week.

The Lions add that many members have volunteered to help and many have come forward with donations and supplies, but due to social distancing guidelines, the club has limited themselves to eight to ten volunteers at any time.

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