Newmarket residents continue to face food insecurity issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a plan is needed to ensure they don’t go hungry this winter, an advocate for the vulnerable and homeless community is urging the town.

“We would like the Town of Newmarket to work with the coalition partners of the Newmarket Supper Program to devise a plan for food security in Newmarket. This should be the first priority under the heading of community support,” Ross Carson, chairman of Concerned Citizens for the Homeless in Newmarket, told council on Oct. 26.

Demand for meals programs has soared, Carson said, referring as an example to the Tuesday lunch program at Trinity United Church, which typically served 30 meals prior to the pandemic, and now provides 60 meals.