I’ve always considered myself to be a community-oriented individual and have been cognizant of the fact that, irrespective of economic status, we share these spaces and therefore must look out for the best interest of one another.
And, yet, I tend to be rather mindless with my food spending. A fancy latte here, a pricey juice there… when you know where your next meal is coming from or, more importantly, that you have one coming, it’s easy to overlook the privilege that comes with a full plate of food.
I’m participating in this challenge because it’s time for me – and my fellow Canadians – to become more mindful of the poverty issues we face in our own backyard. There’s no excuse that, in a country as abundant as Canada, we have citizens living in these dire conditions. There is no reason for any Canadian to go to bed or wake up hungry, to have to be so meticulous with their meal planning because they know that if they eat too much one day, they might without the next.
Collectively, we can do so much more to care and provide for our neighbours, not only by showing our solidarity through an initiative such as the Welfare Food Challenge, but also by demanding that the government be held accountable to these individuals. No more excuses, no more blind eyes; only the commitment to do right by our communities so that these challenges will no longer be necessary.
I live in Toronto.