“I feel it is part of my responsibility, as a citizen and a human, to address, and bring awareness to the fact that more people in BC are living below the poverty line than anywhere else in the country.”
She encouraged other people across BC to join her taking the challenge,
“The Welfare Food Challenge is important because the only way our community can truly understand the reality of poverty, is to walk in the shoes of those who are living and experiencing it, even if only for a few days. I encourage everyone to try to eat on this for one week. It will be an enlightening and integral revelation for many BC families, and it may serve as a real catalyst for change.”
Fraser Stuart and Victoria Bull, Downtown Eastside residents, also spoke about life on welfare and how it is a constant struggle and impossible to get a healthy diet. Victoria is raising her grand daughter and has to go short herself to look after her child.
Bill Hopwood, Raise the Rates Organizer, stated that “Welfare has not been raised for over 7 year so has fallen in real value by $75. The government only allows $375 a month for rent and rents have soared, with the cost of even a single room occupancy now being around $450, so people go without food to pay for inadequate housing.”
The Challenge will run from Thursday October 16, World Food Day, to Wednesday October the 22. Find out more here.