We send out 125 hampers a month throughout. the year and 250 hampers at Christmas. Each hamper provides one month's worth of groceries and necessities. Fresh produce, meat and dairy product needs are met through grocery store gift cards included in each hamper.
The Veterans Association Food Bank is a place for Veterans to gather. Having a place to get together, to have a coffee and visit, has had an extremely positive impact on our Veteran Community. Having empathetic comrades to speak to, has opened many doors of healing.
Since the early stages of the organization, Soup Thursdays offered the Veterans Association Members opportunity to meet and make their vision of a Veteran-run food bank a reality. The tradition of weekly hot meals continues today. For some, this is the only access to home cooked meals or social interaction.
Many Veterans have indicated that Remembrance Day resonates with them as an event for the public to show their respects. Remembrance Day can be a difficult reminder to some. To respect our Veterans, we choose to say "Thank You" by offering a Veterans Dinner separate from any Remembrance Ceremonies. Quilt of Valour™ presentations, provided by Quilts of Valour Canada, is a hug from a grateful nation and a tribute to an injured Canadian Armed Forces member, past or present.
Our priority is to support Veterans and provide assistance in any situation that may arise. Keeping Veterans in their homes is the most effective way to support them through challenging times. We offer Emergency Veteran Assistance when funds are needed to for basic housing needs. All cases are reviewed by case workers and are subject to approval.
Case workers are responsible for all initial intake assessments. The individual circumstances and needs of each Veteran is identified, then solutions are determined to best support them. Veterans Helping Veterans is an initiative that provides peer support post-intake assessment.
We created the Pet Care Promise as a way to look after the basic needs of the pets belonging to veterans so that struggling veterans could rest easier knowing that furry family member has what they need.
• Wellness checks for vets and their pets;
• Monthly pet food delivered for veterans in-need;
• Financial assistance with vet bills*;
• Financial assistance with grooming and maintenance*;
• Support and assistance through the emotional support companion application process;
• Pet Christmas Hampers
Navigating through piles of paperwork and not knowing the available services and support are common challenges for Veterans. We ensure that all Veterans who seek our help have properly filed with Veterans Affairs Canada. We assist them with any claims and support them through the lengthy process.
Our growing list of Community Partnerships helps us refer Veterans to other local organizations when more help may be needed. Whether the challenge is homelessness, mental health & wellness concerns, PTSD diagnosis and treatment, loss of employment, lack of education and training or lack of medical care, we have trusted Veteran specific organizations and partnerships ready to help.
We provide a wide range of support to Veterans who bravely come through our doors. We help Veterans receive Veteran and Military discounts by signing them up for the CFone Card. We also assist in the process of filing for a Military ID. When needed, we can guide Veterans through the medical disability process and help with related referrals and paperwork.
*All assistance requests are individually evaluated by our Outreach and Intake Coordinator teams and are subject to approval.