Advocate with Us
To create a food-secure Mississauga, we provide food to those who need it now and advocate to decrease the barriers that prevent food bank users from living poverty-free. Use your voice to join us in fighting for policies that will decrease poverty and provide sustainable futures for our neighbours!
Our advocacy work aligns with Feed Ontario’s four advocacy priorities – a great place to start your own advocacy work!
Improve Ontario's Social Assistance Programs
One out of every four food bank users receives income support through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). The most that a single person on ODSP can receive is $1,308 per month, which amounts to less than $16,000 per year. Social assistance rates need to align with the true cost of living in our community.
Invest in Affordable Housing
71% of food bank users pay market rent, while only 8% access subsidized housing. The construction and repair of social and supportive housing need to be a priority in order for our neighbours to have enough money left over for food or other necessities after paying rent.
Build a Stronger Workforce
16% of food bank users report that their primary income is from employment. If the provincial minimum wage remains so far below a living wage, those with steady employment from one or even multiple jobs will continue to be dependent on the food bank to balance their budgets.
Put People at the Centre
Our neighbours who have experience living in poverty are the experts on the realities of the challenges they face. It is crucial that their perspectives and insights are used to guide decision-making processes and strategy development of poverty reduction initiatives.
We are a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, regardless of any aspect of identity.
If you’re looking for more information on how to use your voice to advocate on behalf of neighbours in need, reach out to us here!
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