MLA Nicholas Simons says funding will improve food security for people on the Sunshine Coast

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SECHELT – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons says that $250,000 in funding from the province of B.C. for the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society will help improve food security for people on the lower coast.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the importance of community supports like those the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society provides, and how crucial it is to keep investing in them,” said Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “This funding for the Society will have a direct and positive impact for many people on the lower coast.”

The funding for the Society will allow it to construct a new community kitchen. The facility will be part of the organization’s broader development of affordable housing in the community.

This is one of 53 local not-for-profit organizations around B.C. receiving support this year from the capital project stream of the province’s Community Gaming Grants program. This year, the program prioritized capital project requests from not-for-profits facing an increased demand for services or requiring modifications to programs and facilities to meet public health and safety guidelines. The program has made it a condition that all grant funding this year complies with Provincial Health Officer orders and is providing flexibility for organizations to delay project and service delivery until they can do so safely.

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