Teenagers are partnering with Edmonton Meals Financial institution to soundly distribute items throughout COVID-19

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Anna Junker

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February 28, 2021February 28, 2021Read for 2 minutes Join the conversation United4Yeg team with fundraising and Lynn Krishnasami from Edmonton's Food Bank.  (DELIVERED) United4Yeg team with fundraising and Lynn Krishnasami from Edmonton’s Food Bank. (DELIVERED) jpg

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A group of Edmonton teenagers coordinated the safe delivery of food and supplies to the Edmonton Food Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Afia Rehmani founded United4Yeg after struggling to find volunteers during the pandemic.

“I realized it was going to be a lot of trouble for people, economically and in that regard, so I started to think that maybe I could just start a community organization and move on from there,” said Rehmani.

“I feel like I wouldn’t even have created it without the pandemic, because before we were all so involved in our daily routines. And I think the pandemic really noticed me a little more about the outside. “

United4Yeg consists of six 12th grade students: Rehmani, Fatima Shifa, Chhaya S.Chandra, Quinn Downes, Katherine Lyu and Jessie Singh.

Most recently United4Yeg coordinated a food campaign in December. The group raises donations by picking them up at their doorstep before delivering the items to organizations such as the Edmonton Food Bank. Your grocery campaign brought in 337 kilograms of food within a week.

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Afia Rehmani, left, and Quinn Downes from United4Yeg with donations.  (DELIVERED) Afia Rehmani, left, and Quinn Downes from United4Yeg with donations. (DELIVERED) jpg

Doug Hunter, resource development assistant at Edmonton Food Bank, said at the start of the pandemic in March last year the organization had hit an all-time high with more than 26,000 people looking for services.

“Thanks to the CERB support, these numbers then ebbed away. But we were still navigating closed depots, there were a lot of challenges, ”Hunter said, adding that the agency still has well over 20,000 employees per month on average.

He works with other food drive groups like United4Yeg and loves the dedication of Edmonton’s youngsters helping out during the pandemic.

“These are the leaders, the educators of the future, these ladies and the young people who are helping,” Hunter said. “To have the time to share our food insecurity knowledge and simply share with them what is happening in Edmonton so they can stand up for us and those who face food insecurity in their future careers; (it is) a win for us. “

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United4Yeg’s next promotion will run from March 26th to March 31st and will focus on toiletries, diapers and hygiene products for the blackboard. Rehmani said the group could be contacted through their United4Yeg Instagram and Facebook accounts to coordinate pickups or by email at [email protected]

Rehmani hopes to continue United4Yeg’s work after the pandemic.

“People are in need all year round, whether it’s a pandemic or not. I feel if our little organization can help everyone in any way at any time, that’s all I want, ”she said.

– With files from Ashley Joannou

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