Paramount Fine Foods and SIEU (Service International Employee Union) Healthcare have forged a partnership to provide hot meals to frontline workers in long-term care homes.
Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount Fine Foods and Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Healthcare, recently announced the campaign called ‘Food for the LTC Frontline.’
“We are so much in debt to all of the frontline health workers who are caring for our seniors in long-term care homes during the second wave of the pandemic. We want to show our support
and gratitude to these workers by delivering free hot meals to them during this extraordinarily difficult time,” said Fakih. “I grew up believing that how we care for our seniors says a lot about us and our community. And the way to impact that right now is to treat our seniors’ caregivers, with respect and appreciation.”
The campaign began with people who are working in some of the hardest hit locations in the Greater Toronto Area. The objective is to expand the reach of the program for the remainder of the current surge and, as additional donations and resources come in, deliver 30,000 meals throughout the next two months.
“This moment calls on us to do all we can to support our healthcare heroes on the frontline who are bearing a financial, emotional, and health burden during this ongoing crisis. It’s past time we better care for those who care for us. I thank Mohamad for his generosity to fund this initiative, along with other donors such as Islamic Relief Canada. We know this will warm the hearts of our members serving on the frontline of long-term care,” said Stewart.
The ‘Food for the LTC Frontline’ campaign is accepting charitable donations to pay for the meals at www.IslamicRelief.ca/frontline.
SEIU Healthcare represents more than 60,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union’s members work in hospitals, homecare, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province.