COVID-19 has created significant challenges in communities around the world. Heading into the holiday season, we know that demand for food banks has increased, while at the same time it has been more challenging to hold food drives and campaigns.
“Due to the pandemic, we’ve seen a 35% increase in need for food assistance — a need we project to continue into 2021 and beyond. In order to meet the increase in demand, we’ve had to purchase an enormous amount of food,” said Kim Da Silva, executive director of the Colorado-based Community Food Share.
To play our part in addressing this issue, Webroot parent company OpenText will donate $1 million USD, roughly 4 million meals, to community foodbanks this Holiday Season. In lieu of holiday parties, each office has identified a local foodbank to receive these donations.
“This donation will help us acquire, coordinate, and distribute safe and nutritious food to people in need in Waterloo Region and South Western Ontario, especially during a time when we are seeing an increase in the number of people accessing emergency food assistance,” said Wendi Campbell, CEO of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region in Waterloo, Ontario.
The communities in which we live and work support us every day. We are grateful to be able to give back.