TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Feed Ontario had hoped that today’s speech from the government of Ontario would include clear and strong commitments to the recommendations of the Organization to Combat Food Insecurity and Poverty in Ontario. While the speech recognized that the economic impact of the pandemic was not being felt across the province, and specifically highlighted the unique impact it had on young adults and hospitality workers, it did not outline how the province is dealing with the Income bypasses security and affordability issues, which are two of the main reasons to use food banks in Ontario.
In the last year alone, Ontario’s food banking network served more than 537,000 people who have accessed its services over 3.2 million times. This included a 26 percent increase in the number of first-time visitors, including families who have never set foot on a blackboard before. In addition, it is expected that the demand for blackboards will continue to increase towards the end of the year and into the new year.
While Feed Ontario’s 132 direct members and 1,100 affiliate organization members across the province are working hard to meet the growing demand for their services, these efforts cannot replace a strong social safety net or substantial investments to ensure that every Ontarian has access to the required income for today’s cost of living.
Feed Ontario urges the Government of Ontario to make a strong and explicit commitment to reducing poverty and food insecurity in the province by:
- Investing in Ontario’s workforce by improving and protecting labor laws and developing quality employment opportunities that provide sufficient income for today’s cost of living
- Invest in affordable housing by building and repairing social and supportive housing and providing tenant facilities for low-income tenants who are at risk of eviction due to COVID-19
- Strengthening the Ontario social safety net by aligning welfare rates and benefits with the cost of living and eliminating fines for earned income
This week, Feed Ontario will be releasing a new Hunger in My Riding tool that will allow website visitors to create custom reports on poverty and housing affordability in their provincial campaigns. Feed Ontario urges Ontario residents to take action against hunger by speaking with their Provincial Parliament (MPP) member about hunger and poverty in their community and how to address it.
To learn more about Ontario Hunger and Feed Ontario’s recommendations for change, please visit: www.feedontario.ca
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