COVID-19 Resources for Feeding Growth
We have compiled a list of COVID-19 food systems resources, media articles, and other content. We’ve created this repository for progressive food businesses in BC and for anyone else that is interested in finding information that may help them navigate this unprecedented time. We will also be updating this page regularly with new information as it comes out, so please check back frequently for additional resources.Note: We are not the authors of this content nor has all of this content been peer-reviewed. We hope this will be helpful to our network. If you come across any additional resources that you think should be listed here please feel free to send them to email@example.com.
Feeding Growth Info Sheets
Many companies are having to look for new markets or ways to get their products to customers or retail stores since their traditional distribution networks are no longer available and they missed out on the trade show sales they were expecting this year. This info sheet talks about innovative sales channels and ways to advertise those channels to your existing and potential customers.
What are some ways to finance your business during COVID? This info sheet breaks down options into federal government programs, provincial government programs, municipal programs, the benefits and drawbacks of financial strategies for businesses, and private financial programs or supports.
This info sheet gives some information about risk management planning for businesses and looks at some major COVID-19 related risks to businesses.
Some companies are experiencing shortages of ingredients. This info sheet talks about alternative sourcing options and strategies for sourcing products.
Growing Together – A Collaborative Effort to get Growing – Resources on starting to grow food, where to get supplies, and community projects that could be helpful for businesses growing their own produce, etc.
Small Farm Covid Preparedness Facebook Group – Discuss and share ideas for surviving Covid-19 as a small farm/business
Buy BC Partnership Program E-commerce Funding Stream – Funding for enhancing direct-to-customer sales
DIY Website Toolkit for Farmers & Food Producers: Ecommerce Tricks, Tips, and Tools – E-commerce tips for small businesses
Small Farmers’ Big Customers Were Restaurants. Now What? – Opportunities for small scale farmers or businesses to find alternative buyers
AgSafe BC COVID-19 Resources – General food safety tools and information
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Information on COVID-19 – Food safety info
Institute for Food Safety – Cornell University – Food safety info
Farm Credit Canada – Our Response to COVID-19 – Funding and information for farmers but also for small businesses and processors
Supporting Canada’s Farmers, Food Businesses, and Food Supply – Summary of funding and support for small businesses, etc.
Economic Thoughts on COVID-19 for Canadian Food Processors – General economic implications for both small and large processors
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses – Funding for large and small businesses
This Essay Collection is a Roadmap Toward a Healthier Post-COVID Food System – Food Tank – General interest in how the virus has affected all aspects of the food system
Working together to build sustainable food systems – Focus on local production and sale
COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre – CFIB general info
Back to Business Resources from Small Business BC – Info on how to reopen, how to get PPE, communicating with customers
Finding PPE for your business from Small business BC – General info on PPE
Small Business Marketplace – Digital platform for small businesses to sell their products
Canada Emergency Business Account – Interest free loans for small businesses and nonprofits