The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth many financial burdens on communities in Ontario and especially in Scarborough. Many people have lost their jobs, and have difficulties in being able to afford the basic necessities of life. Scarborough faces one of the highest food insecurity rates in the province, especially because grocery store prices have become increasingly expensive.
Food banks are being stretched to their breaking point and 1 in 10 Canadian families experience poverty.
We need to ensure that children and families have a secure, dignified existence.
Doly and the ONDP are committed to ensuring that food security and poverty eradication become vital priorities for the Ontario government.
In order to maintain this commitment, we plan to do the following:
- Work with the Ministry of Community and Social Services to create a food curriculum that would help families get the food they need
- Continue to work with the Feed Scarborough initiative to ensure that community members have access to healthy and adequate meals
- Advocate for a provincial school lunch program, so that no student has to study on an empty stomach
- Establish a living minimum wage of $20 an hour to ensure families have enough to get by
No one should have to worry about how or when they will get their next meal and no child should grow up in poverty.