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February 18, 2000
Food and Hunger Action Committee Fact Finding Tour
The Food and Hunger Action Committee learned first hand today of the serious
extent of hunger and lack of access to nutritious foods in low income
Scarborough neighbourhoods. The tour highlighted the Malvern Community, the
Motel Strip and Agincourt.

The Committee heard how families with young children are living in one-room
motels and are forced to choose convenience foods over nutrition because of the
lack of cooking facilities. In City-run motels alone, over 650 people including
400 children, are living in one-room motel facilities.

The Committee also learned that:
- Community Gardens are providing people in need with an opportunity to grow
their own food with dignity.

- Without the food banks and food and nutrition programs provided by community
and church kitchens, children, expectant mothers, babies and seniors would go

- The Scarborough Community Centre relies on dozens of volunteers to prepare
meals for the needy using as little as $17.00 a day.

- Vast areas of Scarborough are without accessible food shopping facilities or
no-frills stores.

Additional tours have been scheduled for February 22 in the southern section of
the city, February 23 in central and south Etobicoke as well as a wrap-up
central consultation and policy session on February 25.

Media Contact
Councillor Pam McConnell
(416) 392-7916

Anne McLaughlin
(416) 397-5707



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