To support the needs arising from COVID-19, Jasper Place Wellness Centre (JPWC) and its Food4Good division have shifted to providing emergency food support for our community. Many families and individuals have been affected by the pandemic through the closure of community meals, school food initiatives, senior’s programming, and other social supports.
We have partnered with Edmonton’s Food Bank to become one of their registered pickup sites on Thursdays, as most other Food Bank depots in the west end have closed temporarily.
JPWC has also launched a “Good Food Hamper” program, available to anyone in the community who self-identifies as being in need. Hampers are meant to provide 4-6 days of food. They contain nutritious food including fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, bread, eggs, meat, and grains. The hampers also include recipes to accompany the ingredients, food skills activities to practice while folks are staying at home, and other educational materials.
Our hampers are available by pickup on a first-come-first-served basis on Tuesdays from 12 p.m..-1 p.m. at Jasper Place Wellness Centre (15626-100A Avenue). No sign up or ID is required. We are also offering a hamper delivery for those living in T5M, T5P, and T5R postal codes, if needed. We have also partnered with Fresh Routes to offer emergency food box delivery to community members living outside of our delivery boundaries. If you or any of your neighbours could benefit from additional food support during this time, please visit our website at www.food4good.ca to complete a hamper delivery request.
Please also consider registering with Edmonton’s Food Bank by calling 780-425-4190. If you live in the west end, you can pick up your Food Bank box at JPWC. It’s important to note that you may access Edmonton’s Food Bank a maximum of once per month and you must provide ID and proof of address for each person in your household.
Jasper Place Wellness Centre is still operating our medical clinic as an essential service, and we continue to serve the community in many practical ways such as being a mailing address and providing harm reduction supplies. We hope that the public safety situation will continue to improve over the summer and that we can welcome you all to our normal programs in the near future. Learn more about what we do at www.jpwc.ca and www.food4good.ca.
Ashley Bouchard is the Food4Good Manager.