Poverty Present by Junnifer, Rashmi, Lekha, Jieunand Annie
Advocacy Statement We believe that food is a basic humanright. Food is an essential part oflife, necessary to maintain the goodhealth of body, mind and spirit of thechildren; therefore, we should cometogether as a community along with thegovernment to support the need ofessential food resources. As responsibleadvocates, it is our job to raiseawareness and take action in order toreduce poverty rates in Greater TorontoArea.
Definition of Poverty The state of having little or no moneyand few or no material possessions Income is below 50% of medianincome, adjusted for family size andlocation Urban area: after-tax is $21,851(loneparent with one child) Rural area: after-tax is $14,295http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIWroI1wymg-
Child Poverty in the GTA:Statistics 1 in 10 children lives in poverty The percentage of child poverty inNorth America are high compared toother developed countries.Ontario In 2007, 11.7% of Ontario’s childrenlived in poverty based on Low IncomeMeasure after Tax. Almost 6% of Ontario children lived farbelow the poverty line.
Poverty in Ontario 1 in 33 Ontarians use food banks Almost 40% are under 18 26% increase in food bank use 2008-2013
Poverty target on certain group Lone parent New immigrants Aboriginal people People with disabilities
The Cause of Poverty Low-wage Social assistance system The skills and credential recognitionpolicies for new immigrants Lower skills, education, or literacy Inequality in wages
Impact of Poverty Hunger can result in children’s malnutrition, cognitivedelay and poor school performance. Families who live in poverty have less money to buyhealthy food and they spend more money to buy fastfood. Fast food can cause obesity, heart problems andseveral diseases. The government have to spend moremoney to community and health services. “Higher risk of losing functioningvision, hearing, speech, mobility, and cognition” The children who are under poverty might havephysical, emotional developmental/cognitive delays, soit will be hard for the Early Childhood Educator to planthe programs according to the age groups.
Action Plan (1) Louise Thompson is the Coordinator at the North YorkHarvest Food Bank.- “The Public’s perception is that there is an unlimited supply offood for the needy.” That is false!- “The Food Bank does run out of basic essentials.”- Some private corporations are able to provide financialdonations.- The public can visit 2 days a week.- The Food Bank is a private operated non-profit organization.- It receives about $10,000. per year in a government grant.- There is criteria for the Public to receive a FoodPackage, which involves an individual/family to be in receiptof OW (Social assistance), Ontario Disability or SeniorsPension.
Action Plan (2) Volunteering at North York Harvest Food Bank- Our group sorted approx.1665 pounds offood during our 3-hours of sorting.- We received Training about health, safety andexpiry dates, issued on food products.
Volunteer inNorth YorkHarvestsort food packages, cans and dry foods
Action Plan (3) Food Drive at Centennial CollegeFOOD DAYNon- Perishable Food Items Needed!We will deliver it to a North York HarvestFood Bank .Donations will be accepted from:10:30 AM to12:30 PM in front of the CafeteriaDate: March 11-12, 2013http://www.beth-david.org/passover-food-drive-1-march-2013/