HamOnt CareMongering on Pause to Restructure
Updated: Aug 28, 2020
On the future of CareMongering:
We came together at the start of the pandemic to try and figure out how to get food to people who couldn't leave their homes or who struggle with food insecurity because of our inadequate welfare systems. Most of us who started CareMongering are young people who were also feeling the pressures of the pandemic. From March to June, multiple of us spent countless full time hours trying to figure out the best way to keep people safe and make sure they were fed.
When we started, we realized that the Facebook group with 7,000 people in it offering to help each other out could increase transmission rates, and decided to develop a grocery delivery system. In a few weeks, with support of community and countless volunteers, as well as feedback from the community on the best ways to structure (from sanitation process, to what to include in kits, to financial recording systems and where to physically move), we were able to support 100 families a week with food & sanitation supplies.
When the need to combat police violence picked up in June, many of the core organizers struggled with being present for both CareMongering work and that work at the same time. We didn’t stop to think about sustainability, capacity, and also what happens when volunteers begin returning back to work. This left a lot of pressure 1 core Admin volunteer, and later-- through DJNO funds-- 2 staff to run a system that once had a lot more internal support. Lastly, multiple organizations in Hamilton began a food delivery system in June, causing the number of requests we were receiving to decline.
We’ve decided to pause CareMongering efforts for a few weeks so that we can restructure it, so that it can be sustainable and meet the evolving needs of the community, so that it can support community involvement and limit burn out.
Thank you to New Vision United Church for allowing us to use your space and to the many volunteers and community members who have supported us this far.
If you're interested in supporting the restructuring of this work, sign up here
Please see below for a list of resources you can use to access food:
Blue Door Food Pantry @Hamilton Dream Center
East Hamilton Food Centre @Mission Services of Hamilton
Emergency food and clothing bank @Good Shepherd Centres
Phone: 905-972-9485 press option 1
Emergency Food Pantry @Eva Rothwell Centre
Phone: 905-526-1558 x419
Emergency Food Program @Parkview Church
Emergency Outreach Program @Native Women's Centre
Flamborough Food Bank
Food Bank @All Nations Full Gospel Church
Food Bank @Ancaster Community Services
Food Bank @Hamilton Jewish Family Services
Food Bank @Restoration House Hamilton
Food Bank @Salvation Army
Food Bank @Welcome Inn Community Centre
Food Bank and Emergency Services @Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
Food Pantry @King's Way Outreach Centre (The)
Food With Grace @Grace Anglican Church Waterdown
Phone: 905-689-6715 x80
Giving Cupboard @Crown Point Community Church
Glanbrook Community Food Bank @Christ Church Woodburn
Good Food Centre @Mission Services of Hamilton
Hamilton East Campus Food Bank @Seventh Day Adventist Church, East Hamilton
Infant Formula and Diaper Bank @Essential Aid and Family Services
Niwasa Food Bank @Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg
Resource Centre & Food Bank @ICNA Relief Canada
Stacey's Place Youth Food Bank and Rock Shop @Living Rock Ministries
Phone: 905-528-7625 x259
Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO)
Hamilton Student Mobilization Network
Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion