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February 22, 2000
Hunger Examined in Etobicoke
The Food and Hunger Action Committee investigates hunger through central and
south Etobicoke, on its Fact-Finding Tour this Wednesday, February 23nd, 2000.

The Committee and the community tour bus will visit the Ontario Food Terminal
on the Queensway, delve into issues of homelessness on the Kingsway - one of
the city's most affluent neighbourhoods, visit LAMP a community health centre,
and visit a Meals on Wheels Program.

On our last fact-finding tour in Downtown Toronto the Committee learned:

- School lunch programs are threatened due to the new provincial funding
formula. Loss of janitors and other support staff will make it difficult for
this program and others to continue.

- Support for the homeless is not just a cold weather issue. The Anishnawabe
Street Patrol Van reports they feed more people during the warm weather months
whereas in the winter months they face more demand for transportation.

- The Prenatal programs that do exist offer a good start for pregnant mothers.
In most cases, however, support ends once the baby is born.

A wrap-up central consultation and policy session will conclude the Food and
Hunger Action Committee's fact-finding tours on February 25.

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Councillor Pam McConnell
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