Live Events Coalition of Greater Kitchener holding food drive to help workers impacted by COVID-19

kitchener (WPVI) – As we hit the six month limit of this pandemic, food insecurity now affects many who have never seen it before.

In March, all major events and large gatherings were canceled overnight with no knowledge of when to return. As a result, our employees in the live events industry no longer have jobs that focus on theater, concerts, weddings, parades, sporting events, concessions, catering, hospitality and more.

“As the live events industry, we were hit first,” says Christine Volpe of the Live Events Coalition in the greater Kitchener area. “Unfortunately we were hit hard and it was overnight. We will also be the last to step in as most of us deal with large group events.”

According to the Greater Kitchener Area Live Events Coalition, 77% of workers have lost 100% of their income. They are full-time and gig workers, unionists and non-unionists. Many are not entitled to standard unemployment benefits.

“Some of us in our industry have essentially fallen through the cracks in this regard,” says Volpe. “In the meantime, all we have to do is try to take care of our live events community in Kitchener and make sure the people are fed.

The Live Events Coalition is organizing a food drive on Friday and Saturday. They ask you to bring canned goods and non-perishable supplies to 2300 Swanson Street.

Fridays are the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it is a dispensing only.

Saturday the hours are 10 am to 4 pm and there is drop off and pick-up available.

Click here for more information.

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