Food costs are rising faster than inflation and healthy food may be getting out of the reach for many. What’s definitely not helping are skyrocketing gas prices and housing costs. Over the last two years, more people than ever have struggled to meet their basic needs.
The decisions our provincial government makes have a daily impact on our lives – our access to health care, schooling, jobs, social assistance – to name a few. The two top issues seem to be affordability and food insecurity.
Historically, every level of government has relied heavily on the charitable sector to address the immediate symptom of food insecurity which is hunger. This has taken the form of food pantries, community meals and food hamper programs. These community initiatives are incredible, as they rely primarily on volunteer labour and donations. However, this also makes sustainability extremely difficult.