Toronto’s homeless are getting some Labatt Breweries of Canada products.
But it’s not beer — it’s canned drinking water.
Make that 223,000 cans of drinking water in six truckloads to help the city in its COVID-19 relief efforts.
The canned water will go to the Toronto Drop-In Network and its Streets to Home Program.
Labatt says most daytime drop-in providers are now offering takeout meals so there is a high demand for single-use, portable drinks.
“When we heard there was a shortage of drinking water supply at some of the City of Toronto’s critical programs, we mobilized our Disaster Relief Program as quickly as we could,” said Charlie Angelakos, Labatt’s vice-president, legal and corporate affairs.
The program was first set up to provide safe drinking water to Canadian communities impacted by natural disaster and has since expanded to include the donation of 100,000 bottles of hand sanitizer.
In a statement, Mayor John Tory thanked the brewery for its efforts “to help our most vulnerable citizens who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in unique ways.
“While our own Toronto tap water continues to be safe and reliable, we know that these challenging times call for extraordinary measures and we are grateful to our corporate partners who are helping us deliver,” he said.