Sobey’s stores feed front-line workers

While the way we shop may have changed, our local grocery stores remain a vital part of our community.

As the pandemic continues, grocery stores have consistently remained among the few essential workplaces. And for Danforth Sobeys store manager, Dan Bergman, the Covid-19 pandemic has been an opportunity to give back to another crucial part of this community: Michael Garron Hospital.

"When this all started, we were looking for a way to make a difference and I thought who better to give to than the hospital," says Dan. "Last summer we hosted a community BBQ with proceeds to the hospital's redevelopment, so this just seemed like a great opportunity to give back to the front-line workers who are putting in such long hours these days." 

So in April, Dan and his team donated single-serve snacks to hospital workers (items like granola bars, bananas, pudding cups, raisins), giving them the opportunity to refuel during long shifts.

Inspired by the donation, Jim Aquanno, Laird Sobeys store manager, also rallied his team to create over 200 care packages consisting of nutritious snacks to fuel hospital workers at Michael Garron Hospital.

Speaking on behalf of the many grateful hospital workers, Denny Petkovski, manager, volunteer services, says that it’s donations like these that show how much the community truly supports Michael Garron Hospital.

“It’s so nice to know that we have the support of our community behind us. Especially for frontline workers who are spending long hours at work and isolated from families, these gestures are so appreciated. Receiving these snacks has meant that everyone starts their day with a smile.”