Food ‘dump’ daily reality
LETTER OF THE DAY Re: Food bank diet great for losing weight, by Craig Pearson, Nov. 5.
Kudos to Craig Pearson and The Star for opening our eyes to the reality of reliance on food bank rations. Pearson’s vivid description of living on unhealthy, barely edible food from the food bank suggests that a more accurate term for the operation would be “food dump.”
What was self-denial for The Star reporter is, sadly, a daily reality for far too many of us.
The most vulnerable people in our city, including many children, must put up with stale bread, processed food with high sugar and sodium content, and a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables at a time in their lives when a good diet is most important.
Fortunately, this problem is easily addressed by raising social assistance.
Let us all applaud the efforts of the Ontario Put Food in the Budget campaign and urge Ontario Works to immediately implement the $100 monthly healthy food supplement that would ease some of the burden borne by our neediest fellow citizens.
PARMA YARKIN, Windsor