Matthews ideal choice to oversee Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy



    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Daily Bread Food Bank and its network of over
160 member agencies are pleased to welcome Deb Matthews as the minister
responsible for developing a comprehensive Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS)
for Ontario. The appointment of Minister Matthews is an important
demonstration of the Liberal government's commitment to improving the lives of
families struggling with poverty.
    "Deb Matthews is a strong MPP with a demonstrated history of delivering
results for low-income Ontarians," said Gail Nyberg, executive director of
Daily Bread Food Bank. "She has the trust and support of community groups
working to address poverty, and is a recognized advocate within government.
Daily Bread worked successfully with Minister Matthews on the Ontario Child
Benefit. We look forward to continuing that constructive relationship in the
difficult challenge of developing Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy."
    As the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community and Social
Services, Matthews worked on social assistance reform, including delivering a
major report on Ontario Works. She was also a leading force within the
government on the Ontario Child Benefit, a new program for which Daily Bread
Food Bank advocated.
    "Daily Bread is also pleased to see Madeleine Meilleur will be returning
to Community and Social Services," Nyberg said. "Ontario has made important
strides in improving income security under her leadership in the ministry."
    Daily Bread was a leading advocate for a Poverty Reduction Strategy
during the provincial election. A poll conducted for Daily Bread by Ipsos-Reid
during the election found that 45% of Ontarians believe poverty reduction
should be "high priority" for the next government.

    Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated
to fighting hunger. Last year, over 905,000 people in the GTA relied on food
banks. Daily Bread and its member agencies serve the majority of these people
through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 160 member
agencies. In an effort to eliminate the need for food banks, Daily Bread
educates the public, conducts research and advocates realistic government
policies.





For further information:

For further information: Michael Oliphant, Director, Research &
Communications, T: (416) 203-0050 ext. 256, E: michael@dailybread.ca, C: (416)
450-0496


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