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Mohawk, Mar 28 (Canadian-Media): Amid self-isolation directives and closures of all non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, an emergency food service was launched by Staff at Kahnawake's health and social services department to enable delivery of hot meals twice a day for elders and those with limited mobility or dietary restrictions, media reports said.
Besides this, an existing food bank service, called the Kateri Food Basket, also started delivering a food box to those struggling financially but who are able to cook for themselves.
Ashlan Phillips, the emergency food service co-ordinator at Kahnawake Shakotiia'takehnhas Community Services said more than 80 elders and families signed up for the service as of Friday with this number expected to grow.
Closure of all non-essential businesses was ordered this week by Kahnawake to curb the spread of COVID-19. People over the age of 70 were also directed to to stay home.
One of the local schools has turned into a distribution centre for the food bank.
Donations were being accepted of non-perishable foods, snacks for children, baby food, formula, pet food, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables that can be stored, like bags of apples, oranges, potatoes, onions and carrots.
"It's really good to see the community coming together at a time like this," said Phillips.
"That's how we work. People can butt heads as much as they want, but when our community is in crisis, we always come together."