Honda Canada Foundation (HCF), Honda’s charitable arm in Canada, announced a $500,000 donation to support essential nutrition and healthcare needs in response to COVID-19. This donation is in addition to an initial $1 million pledge from the Honda family of companies throughout North America to food banks and meal programs across Canada, the United States and Mexico.
As part of Honda Canada’s commitment to serve the communities where its customers and associates live and work, organizations local to the company’s head office and manufacturing facilities were chosen to receive funding. The following recipients will receive funds to address food insecurity and purchase necessary medical supplies and equipment for frontline healthcare needs:
- $100,000 to Food Banks Canada
- $100,000 to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont.
- $100,000 to Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation in Alliston, Ont.
- $100,000 to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ont.
- $100,000 to Markham Stouffville Hospital in Markham, Ont.
“The time is now and we must act quickly to support our frontline healthcare workers and those in need during these trying times,” said Dave Jamieson, chair and chief operating officer of Honda Canada Foundation. “The Foundation’s pledge is part of a broader Honda effort to address basic community needs by supporting healthcare, nutrition, relief for our customers and inspiration to all.”
Eric Dean, CEO of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Foundation in Barrie, Ont., responded, “This proactive support from Honda will directly impact patients with COVID-19 in our community. RVH is expanding its ICU and inpatient capacity with new equipment including ventilators – these funds will immediately support this needed frontline equipment, putting great tools in the hands of our great caregivers.”
Honda’s full COVID-19 pandemic response in Canada also includes engaging and empowering Honda associates to help their communities through “virtual volunteering” and by supporting organizations focused on food insecurity through a special associate matching gift fund.