TORONTO — In partnership with Baycrest Health Sciences and Meals on Wheels, Steam Whistle Craft Brewing Company is putting its vintage fleet of delivery vehicles to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supporting thousands of seniors in need of support during the pandemic, Steam Whistle will be delivering meals from the Baycrest kitchen — one of the largest Kosher kitchens in the world, producing nearly a million meals annually for seniors living at Baycrest, clients of Meals on Wheels and hospital patients across Ontario — to people who need them.
“This pandemic has hit Ontario hard, and we all have to step up and do our part to help us get through the worst of it,” says Tim McLaughlin, vice-president of Marketing at Steam Whistle. “Our fleet of vintage vehicles would normally be on deliveries to our bar and restaurant partners, but that sector has been all but shut down. We can put those cars and trucks to good use delivering meals to people who need them.”
Steam Whistle has also been donating beer to Spirit of York distillery in Toronto, where it’s being converted into hand sanitizer, and it has donated beer to frontline healthcare workers.
Headquartered on a 22-acre campus, Baycrest owns and operates one of Canada’s largest long-term care homes (472 beds), a 300-bed complex continuing care hospital, 192-suite assisted living facility and 120-suite independent living facility.
In the wake of COVID-19, Baycrest has launched the critical Safeguarding Our Seniors Campaign (SOS). The campaign is raising funds to safeguard Baycrest staff and the 1,100 seniors who call Baycrest home and to help many more in the community through outreach programs and virtual care.