HAMILTON, ONTARIO: This week is one of the holiest of the year. Passover has begun and Easter is on Sunday. Ramadan starts in two weeks. These holidays bring together families and festive celebrations, which includes traditional feasts. This year the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to find different ways to celebrate.
At the same time, Hamilton’s food banks are starting to see the impact of the virus, with more families arriving at their doors. In these extremely unusual times, the Bulldogs’ Foundation, along with ATS Healthcare, and the Andlauer family, are donating $100,000 to Hamilton Food Share.
“April is a time of religious celebration for most everyone, and it is also a time of need for many families in our community and unfortunately COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly”, said Bulldogs’ Foundation chair Michael Andlauer. “This is why it’s the right time for the Bulldogs’ Foundation, ATS Healthcare and my own family to step up significantly to help. We know our communities are hurting and we wanted to provide money for what’s most important right now and to bring some comfort at this special time of year, a time of spiritual reflection, a time where we need to look after people in need.”
The Bulldogs’ Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey team, owned by Michael Andlauer. ATS Healthcare is the largest temperature controlled healthcare transportation company in Canada with 21 facilities and over 850 employee and owner operators across Canada including a facility right here in Hamilton (Flamborough).
Hamilton Food Share is the shipping and receiving hub for the Emergency Food Network in Hamilton providing 3.35 million pounds of food annually to 12 food banks and hot meal programs who serve 13,000 people in need per month, including 5,000 children.
“In Hamilton Food Share’s 30-year history, never have we seen a need as great as we do today,” said Joanne Santucci, Executive Director of Hamilton Food Share, “The support we are receiving from The Andlauer Family, The Hamilton Bulldogs’ Foundation and ATS Healthcare is truly extraordinary and demonstrates their care, connection and support of Hamiltonians. This support is a great boost in the fight against hunger in our community. We are so grateful for this wonderful gift. It will be turned into food to feed many of our friends and neighbours in need. Until our hometown heroes, The Bulldogs, get back on the ice, we will continue to feed our city, not just the food it needs, but the wonderful examples just like this of how Hamilton is caring about the residents of this City.”