The Government of Manitoba launched a website this past week that aims to help Manitobans get the help they need or provide volunteer services.

You can check it out at  out at

Managing Stress during COVID-19 



 COVID-19 Testing Locations  


Klinic Crisis line: 204-786-8686 or toll-free 1-877-435-7170


Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba:


Canadian Mental Health Association of Manitoba and Winnipeg:



Mental Health Education Resource Centre

204-942-6568 or toll-free 1-855-942-6568


Anxiety Disorder Association of Manitoba

204-925-0600 or toll-free 1-800-805-8885


First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310


Free downloads and websites:


CBT-I Coach

Mindfulness Coach


Selected recent updates

311 Winnipeg
Through a partnership with multiple organizations and Federal funding, older adults can call 311 as a simple point of contact for vulnerable seniors (55+) needing access to healthy food and a daily wellness check.

Fraud protection

  • Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: The Federal Government has put together information on COVID-19 fraud scams. As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime.
  • COVID19 Specific Frauds and Scams: Created by Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and CanAge, listed are the top 10 scams and frauds currently being used to prey on older adults during the COVID19 crisis.
  • From the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada: Protection against unauthorized credit and debit transactions

A number of grocery stores have updated some of their policies for shoppers, return policies, and flyer delivery (solely online), and allowing front line workers priority to enter.


  • As of May 4, Monday to Friday from 8–9 a.m., Costco will temporarily implement special operating hours for members who are 60 and older or who have a physical disability. The pharmacy will also be open during this hour.
  • Starting May 4, all Costco shoppers will be required to wear face masks. The mask must cover their mouth and nose at all times while inside the store. This can be a store-bought mask, or a home made mask. The requirement will not apply to children under the age of 2 or to anyone who is unable to wear a mask or face covering due to medical conditions.
  • Effective Friday, April 3, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card.
  • Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters. Healthcare workers and first responders who present a Costco membership card and official identification of their role, will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse.

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market has an online market system allows you to browse a real-time product list from over 45 vendors, pre-paying for your shopping bag before you head to the market.

  • Pickup will be by a drive-through option, or by coming into the canopy for your order, where vendors will be found.
  • Limiting the number of people entering at any given time.
  • Many vendors are offering pre-order and pre-pay. Check the vendor page for contact information. Some are offering to deliver products to your car.

Walmart is temporarily dedicating 7–8 am every day for seniors (ages 65+), the disabled, and those with vulnerable health conditions.

  • Offering online ordering.
  • Offering contact-free curbside pickup for online orders (at select stores).
  • Has temporarily updated their Return Policy, effective immediately.
How to Access Winnipeg Harvest

For your information and to share as needed. please click here>> Winnipeg Harvest

Health and Safety Client Notice – COVID-19: How to Access Food, Effective March 23, 2020

 Winnipeg Harvest is still providing hampers, but does not have a delivery option. They will allow a friend to pick up a donation on a person’s behalf, as long as they bring a signed letter from the recipient, as well as the recipient’s Manitoba Health card.

We are striving to ensure all Manitobans who need it have access to emergency, temporary food support. To stretch our resources and serve an anticipated larger number of clients, we are preparing large food hampers to be delivered through our network of community food banks and partner organizations.
To access one of these hampers, please follow the steps outlined below.
Step 1. Contact the Food Assistance Call Centre to book an appointment at your local food bank:

* Hours: Monday to Friday 9:15 AM – 3:15 PM, Saturday 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM
* Please have your Manitoba Health Card ready In Winnipeg:
Phone: (204) 982-3660 Email: Outside Winnipeg:
Phone: (1-800) 970-5559 Email: 
Step 2. Attend Your Appointment
* Bring your Manitoba Health Card to your local food bank, and bags or boxes to carry your food hamper.
* Read what you will receive below.
Step 3. Following your appointment
* Call or Email the Food Assistance Call Centre in Step 1 to book your next appointment.
What you will receive:
* One large, pre-packaged Food Hamper per registered address every 4 Weeks.
The larger hamper is intended to provide support for a 10-14-day period, the same amount of time as the recommended quarantine period. Food banks may help provide supplementary food to help families and individuals stretch their budgets, however it is not expected to meet all food needs.

Hampers will include a selection of non-perishable items including Canned Soup, Canned Vegetables, Pasta and Sauce, Dry Lentils, Bouillon cubes, Oatmeal, Rice, Peanut Butter, Canned Meat, Pancake Mix, Crackers, Cookies, and other items as available.

There will be no special items like gluten free, no daily extras, and no other perishable items, pet food, diapers, feminine hygiene, etc.

Hamper will be roughly the size of 3 plastic grocery bags.

Recipes are available online to help make meals from these items –
For more information please contact Winnipeg Harvest
Also, MaMawi is providing food bags for community families in need: Click Here