Liberal platform throws down the gauntlet on poverty reduction



    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Daily Bread Food Bank is pleased that the
Ontario Liberal party has adopted the key plank of its A New Deal to Fight
Hunger in its re-election platform. Released on June 5th as part of Daily
Bread's Hungry City: Make Your Mark initiative, A New Deal calls for all three
political parties to support "a comprehensive poverty reduction plan with
timelines and targets." Information about Hungry City is available at
hungrycity.ca.
    "The Liberal platform throws down the gauntlet on poverty reduction,"
said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread Food Bank's executive director. "Following on
the heels of the Ontario Child Benefit, the platform further demonstrates the
Liberals' on-going commitment to reducing hunger and poverty. Daily Bread
challenges John Tory and Howard Hampton to match or exceed this strong
commitment with a poverty reduction strategy of their own."
    The provincial budget released in March provided a framework for a
poverty reduction strategy by creating the new Ontario Child Benefit, for
which Daily Bread had long advocated. It also made investments in social
assistance, minimum wages, affordable housing and child care. The next step is
to formalize all of the elements of the budget into a comprehensive poverty
reduction plan complete with timelines and targets that hold governments
accountable.
    In 1999, the Tony Blair government in the UK made a commitment to ending
child poverty within a generation. Since then, the UK's poverty reduction plan
successfully reduced child poverty by 23% by 2004-05, and is close to reaching
its interim target of halving child poverty rates by 2010. Daily Bread
believes a similar goal is achievable in Ontario.

    Daily Bread Food Bank is the largest food bank in Canada, serving over
905,000 people per year in the GTA through a network of neighbourhood food
banks. On June 5, 2007, Daily Bread launched its Hungry City initiative, which
calls on all three provincial parties to commit to a poverty reduction plan
with timelines and targets as part of their election platforms. So far, nearly
4,000 individuals have shown their support for the initiative by signing on at
hungrycity.ca. Daily Bread will be involved in a number of events leading into
the provincial election, including launching a mobile election bus to keep the
visibility of hunger and poverty high.





For further information:

For further information: Gail Nyberg, Executive Director, Daily Bread
Food Bank, Cell: (416) 706-9567, dailybread.ca, hungrycity.ca


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