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Helping A Family Move Forward

Portrait of mature African American woman When Earla was new to Canada, 20 years ago, she worried about how she would provide for her 2 children in a new country without a full-time job. Earla felt like she didn’t have anywhere to turn.

Fortunately, things began to turn around when Earla secured safe, affordable housing for people struggling with mental health issues and poverty. The building also housed a client-run onsite food program operated by Daily Bread Food Bank. This food program was the first step toward building a brighter future for Earla and her family. She started by joining the steering committee for the food bank.

“I saw how important this was to my family and my neighbours, not only because of the food, but because of the peace of mind it provided,” she says.
With food on the table and the skills she learned, Earla was able to find full-time employment. Today, she’s the supervisor at a security firm in Toronto. Her children now attend the University of Toronto.

That’s the power of wholesome food. It’s not just about physical nourishment, although that is critical. It can provide relief to struggling parents. It can help students focus more on their schoolwork instead of wondering where their next meal will come from.

Your monthly gifts make it possible to provide meals to thousands of neighbours who are hungry, just like Earla and her family. Those meals can be truly life-changing and help families get the food and help they need during a difficult time. Thank you!


Date Added: November 29, 2017 | Filed under: Blog, News — Adam Paralovos @ 2:58 pm



Report Released: A Roadmap for Change – input needed before January 2, 2018

A new report called “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” has just been released by the provincial government.

The Roadmap was written by three groups that were appointed by the Minister of Community and Social Services (MCSS) in 2016 to give advice to the government on how to reform Ontario’s income security system.

Former Daily Bread board member John Stapleton was a member of the Income Security Reform Working Group, one of the three groups that contributed to the report.

We urge everyone to read the Roadmap, engage with its recommendations, and participate in the public consultation process. Public consultation will take place between now and January 2, 2018.

The Roadmap is available here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/income-security-reform

The government’s press release is here: https://news.ontario.ca/mcss/en/2017/11/working-groups-deliver-roadmap-for-income-security-reform.html

The government is asking people to provide feedback in writing. Information about the feedback process is here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/income-security-reform#section-5

The Roadmap makes some important recommendations, including large increases to social assistance rates, making the system less punitive, and the implementation of an Ontario Housing Benefit.

This is an important opportunity to push government to action, and make real change that can have an impact on people struggling with hunger in Toronto.


Date Added: November 17, 2017 | Filed under: Blog, Government, News, Research — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 8:08 am