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UPDATE April 2, 2020: City contributes $10,000 from community assistance fund to the Sharing Place

Posted on Thursday April 02, 2020

The City of Orillia is contributing $10,000 of its COVID-19 community assistance funds to the Sharing Place Food Centre to help supply food to the growing number of individuals and families in need during these challenging times.

Orillia Council established an emergency fund of $100,000 on March 20 to be distributed to critical lead service providers on an as-needed basis. The Sharing Place Food Centre is the first request for access to these emergency funds. The funds will help Sharing Place purchase necessary food items to fill its hampers.

“The service provided by the Sharing Place Food Centre is now more important than ever. I want to commend the Sharing Place for quickly adapting its service delivery model and capacity to meet the growing needs of the community during such a difficult time. The City of Orillia is happy to support the essential service being provided by the Sharing Place and its many dedicated volunteers,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

The Sharing Place has established a new system of community food distribution that minimizes the potential spread of COVID-19 but still provides over 1,700 people per month with food access. This system includes pre-packed food hampers that are delivered to members of our community who are experiencing food insecurity and to The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen.

"The direct funding of our food purchases is exactly what we need at this time. We are sourcing wholesale purchases of specific items and knowing that we have the funding to make these purchases is essential." We all know the demand for our essential service will increase over the weeks and months to come, partnering with the City of Orillia to build our capacity and manage this demand is key,” said Chris Peacock, Executive Director of the Sharing Place Food Centre.

The City of Orillia is also helping support the Sharing Place through City staff who have volunteered to deliver food hampers throughout the community. Strict safety measures put in place by the Sharing Place and the City of Orillia are being followed to ensure the safety of volunteers and those receiving the food hampers.

“When we presented this opportunity to help the Sharing Place Food Centre to City of Orillia staff, it took us only a day to schedule several drivers. This was a great opportunity for our staff to give back to the community and help families during a time of great need,” said Gayle Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer.


Important COVID-19 reminders:

Remember, everyone in Orillia must practice social/physical distancing and good hygienic practices at all times. You must do the following: 

  • Practice social/physical distancing of at least two metres (six feet)
  • Frequently wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • If you have any symptoms, self-monitor and self-isolate and contact a healthcare professional if symptoms persist
  • If you have travelled recently, you must self-isolate for 14 days
  • If you have, or suspect you have COVID-19, complete a self-assessment, contact your local healthcare provider or visit a local assessment centre. Do not visit your local doctor or emergency room.


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For more information on the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Orillia visit: 

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Mayor Steve Clarke


Brent Thomas
Orillia Fire Chief


Chris Peacock
Executive Director
The Sharing Place Food Centre
Office: 705.327.4273 x103


Gayle Jackson
Chief Administrative Officer


Jennifer Ruff
Director of Business Development and Communications