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Send Your MPP and MP This Message

computer mouseCopy and paste this message and email it to your local MPP and MP (see contact list below letter) to spread the message that you want to see income-based solutions to end food insecurity in your community.

Dear (Name of MPP/MP):

Food insecurity is a serious social and public health problem for our community and the province. About 10% of people in our local communities can’t afford to pay their rent, buy healthy food, and pay for other necessities like school supplies, transportation, clothing, and personal care items.

Our friends and neighbours should not be struggling to buy groceries because they do not have enough money to cover their basic needs. Food insecurity affects their physical and mental health, and their ability to have a decent quality of life.

Every level of government has a role to play in helping people living in poverty to get the food, housing, and other basic needs they require to be healthy. Food banks and charity programs provide some short term relief but they are not the answer to food insecurity and poverty.

This year the provincial government announced a pilot project to test how a basic income guarantee could improve the lives of people living on low incomes. This pilot is a start, but more needs to be done. Income is the solution to food insecurity. I urge you to stand behind income solutions like a basic income guarantee, increases to the minimum wage, and improvements to employment standards.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to your response and am greatly interested in what your party is doing to address poverty.

(Your Name)

 

Key Contacts

MPPs

Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West

MPs

Jamie Schmale, MP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South