TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Daily Bread Food Bank is urging all parties
to support the Ontario budget, which contains important measures to
advance poverty reduction and improve the circumstances for low-income
Ontarians. These measures include increased income support to people
who are vulnerable to poverty and hunger, such as families with
children and single adults.
"There are some positive measures in the budget that we hope all parties
would implement regardless of how the political situation resolves
itself," said Gail Nyberg, Executive Director of Daily Bread Food Bank.
"In particular we would like to see the indexing of the Ontario Child
Benefit. Daily Bread has always been a strong proponent of the Ontario
Child Benefit - indexing it will allow low-income families with
children to keep up to the rising costs of living such as food."
The budget also continues to implement key recommendations made by the
Social Assistance Review Commission, such as streamlining benefits
within the system as well as additional rate increases for single
adults. Single adults continue to have a proportionally low level of
assistance compared to other households. They also are the largest
household group requiring food bank assistance.
Changes announced in the budget that Daily Bread supports include:
Raising the Ontario Child Benefit to $1,310 this year and indexing it to
inflation beginning in 2015.
One per cent increase in Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Program
Support rates and providing an additional top-up for single adults
receiving Ontario Works, bringing their increase up to $30 this year.
Streamlining employment benefits in social assistance to reduce
complexity in the system, and making it easier for people to know more
about what benefits are available to them.
Expansion of health benefits to children in low-income working families.
"Keeping poverty reduction on the table is always the right thing to
do," Nyberg said. "We are certainly prepared to work with all parties
to see these measures implemented."
About Daily Bread Food Bank
A leader in the fight against hunger, Daily Bread Food Bank is a
non-profit, charitable organization that serves people through
neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in 170 community agencies
across Toronto. Last year, Daily Bread provided food for 63,000 client
visits a month to food banks and prepared and distributed over 170,000
nutritious meals through its kitchen programs. More than a food bank,
Daily Bread also works to support people struggling with hunger by
providing job training; researching and educating people on issues
around poverty and moving forward with innovative and realistic
solutions that will help people break away from poverty. Find out more
about Daily Bread Food Bank at www.dailybread.ca.
SOURCE: Daily Bread Food Bank
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