Recession Relief Coalition's Hunger Inquiry To Reveal Plight Of Recession's

TORONTO, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - Hunger has become a serious problem in Toronto as a result of the recession, yet those affected have been suffering in silence as governments declare the recession over. Austerity measures being considered by all levels of government are poised to worsen conditions for those who are struggling.

As a result, the Recession Relief Coalition is holding a Hunger Inquiry to examine the situation of hunger in Toronto on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 9am-4pm, at Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity.

More than 30 front line workers, social service agency staff, academics, community leaders, and people directly affected by hunger are scheduled to present testimonies of their experiences, knowledge, and research—and recommendations for improvement--to an expert panel, selected for their knowledge about poverty and hunger-related issues. Panelists are: Joshna Maharaj (Celebrity Chef and Food Activist), Bruce McLeod (former Moderator of the United Church of Canada), Jim Stanford (Economist, Canadian Auto Workers), Gary Bloch (Family Doctor, St. Michael's Hospital), Linda Chamberlain (Dream Team), and Toni Panzuto (Baby and Toddler Nutrition Program Facilitator, FoodShare). More than 300 attendees are expected over the course of the day.

Panelists will be available for interviews between 1pm and 2pm on Nov. 23rd.

The aims of the Hunger Inquiry are to: a) identify the reasons why people aren't able to access enough of the nutritious food needed to maintain and enhance their physical and mental health; b) gather evidence attesting to the problems that arise from hunger and malnourishment; c) produce a report that includes recommendations for action to address the many issues raised through the Inquiry; and d) mobilize a broad base of allies in efforts to address hunger and related issues.

What: An inquiry into the current situation of hunger in Toronto, featuring more than 30 experts from academia, government, the social services sector, the healthcare sector, unions, charities, and advocacy groups providing testimony and recommendations to an expert panel, and over 300 attendees.

When: Tuesday, November 23, 2010: 9am - 4pm

Where: The Church of the Holy Trinity: 10 Trinity Square, Toronto
(behind the Eaton Centre)

Who: Hosted by the Recession Relief Coalition, a broad-based group of individuals and organizations concerned about the impact of the recession on Canada's most vulnerable residents.


For further information: For further information:

Linsey MacPhee: 416-824-4172
Beric German: 416-921-8668 x238

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