Consult your local Public Health Unit website for guidance documents on food handling, food services, and food security, or www.Ontario.ca for additional information. The following general resources are also of interest:
EMERGENCY INFANT FEEDING GUIDELINES:
In case of shortages of commercial baby formula, home made formula may be appropriate for very short-term crisis situations. Access to safe potable water is imperative if powdered commercial or home made preparations are to be used. Some distributors may be able to provide short term small quantities directly to communities in emergencies.
WHO Guidelines for Breastmilk Substitutes in emergencies: https://www.ennonline.net/bmsuseemergencies
EMERGENCY Baby Formula from Evaporated Milk: https://wehavekids.com/parenting/Emergency-Baby-Formula
To be used ONLY for short-term when commercially prepared baby formula is not available.
Ontario Midwives Association: Guidance for Midwives on breastfeeding: https://www.ontariomidwives.ca/covid-19-clinical-faq
Dietitians of Canada: Advice from Registered Dietitians: https://www.dietitians.ca/News/2020/Advice-for-the-general-public-about-COVID-19
Basic Shelf Cookbook: Free access to lower cost recipes with limited ingredients: https://www.cpha.ca/covid-19-and-basic-shelf-cookbook?utm_source=CPHA+Weekly+Update&utm_campaign=6e2c8e1642-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_12_04_17_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5a537eba78-6e2c8e1642-164518275
Price Gouging If you’re aware of anyone charging higher-than-usual prices for in-demand products, report it! Call Consumer Protection Ontario at 1-800-889-9768 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday; submit online report at: https://www.ontario.ca/form/report-price-gouging-related-covid-19
Funding announced for Food Banks and Local Food: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/03/prime-minister-announces-support-food-banks-and-local-food
Breakfast Club of Canada: is issuing special grants for community organizations to help ensure children and families have access to food during the crisis.
FOOD SAFETY IN AN EMERGENCY
Health Canada establishes regulations and standards relating to the safety and nutritional quality of food sold in Canada. Through inspection and enforcement activities, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for verifying that food sold in Canada meets Health Canada’s requirements.