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Local task force calling for income solutions to fight food insecurity

The answer to food unaffordability isn’t food banks and other stop-gap programs, but rather to give people money to buy food for themselves, a local poverty reduction advocate says. That’s the long-term solution advocated for in Jill Umbach’s blog posts on the Grey Bruce Poverty Task Force website which began Feb. 23 and will run […]

Meaford program gives kids in need backpacks of food, toiletries

When a Meaford teacher discovered a student wasn’t coming to school because she was embarrassed that her family wasn’t buying shampoo, she wondered how many other kids had hidden needs like that which were holding them back. “Her dad couldn’t afford shampoo and she didn’t want to come to school as a teenager with greasy […]

More people are relying on community food groups, co-ordinator says

Rising housing costs and general price increases are leaving less money for food, causing more people to rely on community food programs, said Paul Wagenaar, of the United Way’s food security co-ordinator. Stigma against people who use these services must be broken and more affordable and safe housing is needed, he told Grey County councillors […]