Food for thought and wellbeing

Being a single parent comes with financial challenges, to begin with, let alone with a global pandemic at hand!

Since 1978, 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre has served the evolving needs of single-parent families in Greater Victoria. We do our best to respond to the changing circumstances of single parents. We learn from their experiences, reflect upon our resources and capacities and develop new programs and opportunities to offer relief to single parents. Our journey continues under the new circumstances that affect us all: a global pandemic that disrupts our family routines, physically distances us from loved ones, interrupts our work schedules, results in job loss, and stress as a result of uncertainties.

Being a single parent comes with financial challenges, to begin with, let alone with a global pandemic at hand! As jobs were being lost at a rapid rate we surveyed single parents in Greater Victoria and nearly 50% reported they found themselves struggling with having enough food for their family. To help meet this need we’ve turned our attention to food resources. With thanks to grant funding from the Rapid Relief Fund and Good Food Access we are now able to offer a weekly market day at the Centre. Any 1-Up Members that need help covering basic food costs are welcome!

Every Wednesday from 11-3 members can drop by the centre and pick up a bag of non-perishables, fresh garden produce, bread and often dairy, fruit and other goodies. $25 Grocery store gift cards are available to help meet specific food needs. The market will run weekly until the end of summer.

For all the single Mom’s and Dad’s out there doing your best and making choices to raise your child in a secure, happy healthy home environment – we celebrate you and are here to support you. What you are doing is not easy and we want to help make your life a little bit easier.