Economic and Social Resiliency
Food insecurity is a symptom of poverty. Chronic stressors (e.g. disability, precarious work) and acute shocks (e.g. eviction, COVID-19) make it difficult to achieve the financial stability necessary to afford life’s basic needs.
However, financial status is only one layer of oppression for food bank clients. Race, disability, immigration status, gender, sexuality and mental health/addictions are not inherently barriers to living a life with dignity. Rather, discrimination and barriers to education, employment, and prosperity disproportionately affect these communities, often in overlapping or intersectional ways.
Achieving the right to food requires a holistic approach grounded in economic and social resiliency in all communities.
Examples of our work:
- Coalition membership: Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare, Campaign 2000
- Advocating to maintain legal aid funding in 2019
- Conducting timely research on the risks and challenges experienced by food bank clients during COVID-19