During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the increased need to access barrier-free food for vulnerable
people was made clear. While the response by service-providing organizations was both impactful and effective, it became clear that better community-level coordination for food access during emergencies would benefit both
recipients and providers.
The catalyst for this project came from an assessment of emergency food support systems with urban Indigenous organizations in Thunder Bay conducted through the Indigenous Food Circle (IFC) in May of 2020.