Gay Lea Foods Distributes 1,400 Baking Kits
For families taking on home baking, long-time co-operative Gay Lea Foods is delivering baking kits to spread some joy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 1,400 kits, one to represent each of the farmer members in Ontario and Manitoba, are being sent to families in the Greater Toronto area, with frontline grocery workers being prioritized.
Gay Lea is using a vintage delivery truck to distribute the kits, which contain butter, flour, sugar along with a recipe for shortbread cookies. In phase two of this campaign, Gay Lea will deliver butter and baking-themed puzzles.
“Baking can reduce anxiety and bring people together,” says Child and Family therapist Cindy Smolkin. Recipients of the kits are encouraged to take photos of their creations and post on Instagram using the hashtag #bakehappytogether.
Support Loans for Unions Announced
BC’s Community Savings Credit Union has launched the Union Business Support Loan for BC unions financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CSCU’s President and CEO Mike Schilling says “as the unions’ credit union, our Union Business Support Loan will assist unions directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Loans of up to $40,000 will be made available. Many union members and organizations have seen job site closures and unprecedented layoffs over the past few months.