Ontario's Food Banks seek continued investment in poverty reduction in today's budget

    OAFB calling for further investments in adult and child benefits,
    affordable housing, savings, and social enterprise

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)
seeks a continued investment in poverty reduction from the provincial
government in today's budget. The provincial government recently announced
investments for dental care, affordable housing, and student nutrition to kick
start their poverty reduction plan.

    Beyond this recent announcement, OAFB will be looking for investments
consistent with the organization's proposals including:
    -   accelerating the schedule of increases to the Ontario Child Benefit
    -   increasing the maximum Ontario Works (OW) and ODSP allowance by
        three per cent;
    -   hiring Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Application Support
    -   initiating a program for low-income Ontarians to build financial
        assets to save for education, home ownership, or business
    -   establishing a new emergency housing allowance program targeting low-
        income households in urgent need on the social housing waiting list;
    -   creating a new Social Venture Capital Fund to invest in the
        development of social enterprises in Ontario; and
    -   committing the necessary funds for the development and implementation
        of an effective poverty reduction plan.

    "The provincial government has taken the first steps towards a
comprehensive poverty reduction plan," added Adam Spence, Executive Director
of the OAFB. "Today's budget must continue along that path with significant
investments to reduce poverty for the hundreds of thousands of Ontarians
forced to turn to food banks every month."
    Adam Spence and Sandy Singers will be participating in the budget lock-up
and will be available for comment immediately following the budget
announcement at 4 pm.

    The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is a network of over
100 food banks including communities across the province from Ottawa to
Windsor, and Niagara Falls to Thunder Bay. For more information about the
OAFB, as well as hunger and poverty in Ontario, please visit www.oafb.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Adam Spence, Executive Director, Ontario
Association of Food Banks (OAFB), T: (416) 656-4100, C: (416) 543-0897, E:
adam@OAFB.ca; Sandy Singers, Chair, Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB),
T: (613) 544-4534, C: (613) 539-0389

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