To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) has launched an emergency assistance initiative – ‘SRD Delivers’. This initiative recognizes the value of organized response to assist vulnerable members of our communities with food and other essentials.
The SRD will provide sustainable funding for organizations that offer assistance with grocery shopping, the delivery of food, prescriptions and other essentials for the benefit of the elderly (65+) and other vulnerable persons who must self-isolate in accordance with a Public Health Order. This initiative is available to households within the Regional District’s Electoral Areas, member municipalities or First Nation communities.
Vulnerable population for this purpose are defined as:
- People in shelters and people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness; or
- People who are self isolating due to medical conditions which make them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19
SRD is offering temporary assistance – to support qualifying organizations (pre-existing or emergent) to cover the costs of:
- Obtaining an online Foodsafe certification for the Service Delivery Driver(s);
- Paying the Service Delivery Drivers a living wage of $20 per hour;
- Paying the cost of mileage at $0.59 per kilometre on paved roads and $0.68 per kilometre on Forest Service Roads;
- Rental of a central food distribution site;
- Procuring sanitization supplies to ensure the cleanliness of the Service Delivery vehicles; and
- Paying third party costs of land or water transportation (Vehicle Rental, BC Ferry or Water Taxis).
The funding will not cover the cost of food or other essentials for households receiving the service. These goods must be obtained from a legitimate grocery store, pharmacy or pet food store.
If a Service Provider delivers goods to a household in First Nation territory the Service Provider must show written consent from that First Nation for the Service to be provided. The Service Provider will do their best to communicate to the Strathcona Regional District which First Nation territories received the Service and what percentage of their Service was provided to the First Nation.
Which Households are Eligible?
Any household in the Strathcona Regional District where elderly (65 years or older) or vulnerable persons reside.
Process for Obtaining and Distributing Funds
The Strathcona Regional District will submit the Service Provider’s proposal accompanied by a Resource Request and Expenditure Authorization Form to Emergency Management British Columbia for approval. The provision of the delivery assistance is contingent upon the approval of funding from Emergency Management British Columbia, which could take a few days after the Letter of Intent is received by the Regional District.
The Strathcona Regional District will deposit funds into the Service Provider’s bank account on an as-required basis subject to funding availability during the Provincial State of Emergency. This assistance is not retroactive and any costs incurred by the Service Provider prior to receiving the assistance cannot be reimbursed.
All interested service providers must fill out the Letter of Intent listed below and an SRD Delivers team member will follow up with all eligible service providers as soon as possible.
If you require additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-830-6700 and leave a voicemail message. Emails and voicemails are checked frequently.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold in our country, providing effective support and care to seniors and vulnerable populations during this crisis is a critical priority for the Strathcona Emergency Program. We will flatten this curve together.