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Radisson Sudbury - Community Champions at Work

United Way Centraide North East Ontario - Tuesday, 26 May 2020

In times of crisis, working together is our greatest asset. Every act of kindness and compassion strengthens our community. In this week’s spotlight edition of Community Champions at Work, we’d like to highlight the Radisson Sudbury’s hands-on approach to addressing food insecurity through the donation of home-cooked meals.

“COVID-19 has impacted everyone in our community, but for vulnerable populations, including seniors and people living in poverty, the challenges have been especially difficult,” says Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director, United Way Centraide North East Ontario. “As many people continue to struggle with basic essentials, including food, we are inspired by our community’s generosity to offer help and support.”

Mr. Gill, Owner Operator of the Radisson Sudbury, with the support of management and staff, had the vision to provide 50 meals a week, prepared, packaged, and ready for delivery through partnering United Way organizations to improve access to nutritious meals. His vision is now a reality, with the first of the meals being picked up by Inner City Home Sudbury.

“We know that many people are not able to leave their homes for safety reasons and that United Way is working with local organizations through their Community Response efforts,” said Peter St. Germain, Front Desk Manager with the Radisson Sudbury. “In the past few months, there have been so many changes that have affected businesses, including our own. With limited services and time frames to do even the most basic of outings like groceries, the Radisson Sudbury, with the support of ownership, Royal Empire Hospitality, have pledged to do our part in trying to help those in need. Our hope is these meals, prepared in the Pesto’s kitchen, will give people one less thing to worry about. It may seem like a small gesture to some people, but we know it will mean the world to those who will be receiving the meals.”

Inner City Home, a UWCNEO partner, gratefully accepted the support. Jennifer Grooms, Executive Director, shared, “These homemade meals will make a huge difference in many lives. It will help us continue to provide care. We couldn’t do it without our partnership with United Way and the generosity of the Radisson Sudbury.”

Through the Community Response Fund, UWCNEO provides emergency grants and support to local charitable organizations that are addressing basic needs. It also creates opportunities for partnerships and collaborations that encourage community involvement and wellbeing.

Thank you, Radisson Sudbury, for showing your #locallove!

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