A $100 monthly increase for Ontario welfare recipients would help put fresh, nutritious food on the tables of people who rely on social assistance, an advocacy group said Thursday as it further pressed the government to include a “healthy food supplement” in the upcoming budget.
“We don’t want to live in a province where people don’t have enough to eat,” said Janet Gasparini, chairwoman of the Social Planning Network of Ontario.
“That’s Third World poverty, and it’s not what we should be accepting in Ontario.”
The group brought the message to a food bank and soup kitchen. The Stop serves 16,000 people a year and the number is rising.
“With the economy bursting at the seams, we’re running at about a 20 per cent increase,” said executive director Nick Saul.