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March 16, 2009
Put Food in the Budget campaign sets the table at Queen’s Park
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, will be joining community agencies this Wednesday at noon to set the table at Queen’s Park by calling on the government to introduce a $100 Healthy Food Supplement for all adults on social assistance in the upcoming provincial budget.

“Soup will be served and we invite everyone to join us as we send a message to Premier McGuinty to put food in the budget by creating a healthy food supplement,” said Dr. McKeown. “People who live on social assistance are being forced to choose between paying rent and buying food. The negative health effects resulting from a lack of nutritious food are predictable and preventable.”

Nick Saul, executive director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto, said the budget is a key test of the government’s commitment on poverty reduction. “Adults on social assistance are entitled to the dignity that comes with healthy eating. We hope the government comes to the table with real investments that promote health and fight poverty.”

FoodShare Toronto will be serving soup on the front lawn at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, March 18 at noon. Lunch will be blessed by religious leaders of the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Committee, who are hosting a prayer vigil as a witness against poverty until the provincial budget is tabled on
March 26.

More information on the Put Food in the Budget campaign, including an online petition and postings on Facebook, is available by following the links at and

Rishma Govani
Media Relations Coordinator
Toronto Public Health
Tel: 416-338-7974



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