Toronto, Ontario – GlobalMedic and Humber College have joined forces to help fight food insecurity across Ontario due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

GlobalMedic is using the cafeteria at Humber’s Centre for Trades and Technology in north Etobicoke to divide 330,000 pounds of food into thousands of one-pound bags, ready for distribution through North York Harvest Food Bank and Daily Bread Food Bank. A team of volunteers, including Humber students, are processing lentils, chickpeas, green beans and other pulses. The organization has already distributed 60,000 pounds to people in need and is working to help keep the supply chain to food banks functioning efficiently.

Rahul Singh, who graduated from Humber’s Paramedic program in 1993, founded GlobalMedic in 1998. The aid organization is staffed entirely by Humber graduates.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, GlobalMedic has provided personal hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and financial aid to local families. The organization has also set up tents at hospitals to serve as temporary emergency department areas to help triage patients.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:

WHO:

Chris Whitaker, president and CEO, Humber College

Rahul Singh, founder, GlobalMedic

HOW: Spokespeople are available virtually. Humber’s campuses are closed due to social distancing measures. For interviews and/or visuals of the volunteers packaging the food items, please reach out to the contact listed below, and we will arrange a date and time where media access can be safely arranged.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Humber College is focused on our students’ future. As a global leader in polytechnic education, Humber students receive in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections. Humber provides career-focused education to more than 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. A comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, Ontario graduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates, prepare career-ready global citizens to move seamlessly from education to employment. More than 86 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca

About GlobalMedic
The David McAntony Gibson Foundation, which operates as GlobalMedic, has provided life-saving aid in the aftermath of disasters since 2002. We were founded based on the idea that aid could be delivered more effectively and efficiently. GlobalMedic’s goal has always been to get the right aid to the right people at the right time. Professional emergency workers along with other professional and skilled volunteers help deliver our programs to the people who need it most. To date, GlobalMedic has served over 3.4 million beneficiaries in 219 disasters across 73 countries. 

For more information, please contact:
Nadia Araujo
Media Relations and External Communications Specialist
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
nadia.araujo@humber.ca | 416.580.1364