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Canada: Migrant agricultural workers experiencing a food crisis

"Migrant agricultural workers experiencing a food crisis," 23 July 2020

... Some Ontario farms are not allowing the delivery of fresh food to their migrant agricultural workers, according to Castello and two other organizers involved in the delivery of fresh produce to workers in need. This is despite the fact that these same employers are also not permitting workers to leave the farm to do their own grocery shopping, even well after workers have completed their mandatory two-week quarantine period. Instead, employers are shopping for them, but volunteers allege they are providing nutritionally insufficient and culturally inappropriate food...

The Guardian reported that two migrant farm workers in British Columbia had been fired and sent home after their employer discovered they had invited two migrant worker rights activists to their bunkhouse....

FoodShare Toronto, in partnership with Justicia, has delivered around $10,000 worth of food boxes to migrant and undocumented workers both in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding agricultural regions through FoodShare's COVID-19 emergency response good food box program...

Mayell [a volunteer with Justicia for Migrant Workers] emphasized that employers' restrictions around not letting migrant workers interact with anyone from outside the farm or leave the farm themselves is in violation of workers' rights...

Castello... said when the COVID-19 pandemic began and workers were in quarantine upon arrival, she witnessed one group of eight migrant farm workers forced to live off two loaves of expired bread and two rotisserie chickens -- a supply that was supposed to feed eight men over four days...

Mayell ... detailed some workers' accounts of being left with only two loaves of bread, two cartons of eggs, and a bag of oranges that was supposed to feed six workers for a week...

Workers in Windsor who have contracted COVID-19 and are being isolated in motel rooms are experiencing insufficient food, too. Photos taken by migrant workers show "kid-sized portions"...